The Chocolate War, a Controversial but Fantastic Novel

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Before you read this, I would like to let you know that The Chocolate War is a very controversial book and that these are my opinions.

I recently finished a very outstanding novel, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.

The main character of The Chocolate War is a teenager named Jerry who has recently lost his mom. One day on the way home from school, Jerry encounters a strange person who calls him a square boy. That really upsets Jerry. He begins thinking about his dad, who runs the pharmacy, and how boring he is.

The school that Jerry goes to is named Trinity. Trinity is secretly led by a group called the Vigils, which all the teachers pretend not to know about. The Vigils are led by a very smart and cunning person named Archie, who was asked by a teacher named Brother Leon, to have the Vigils help with the school’s chocolate sale. (You learn later why Brother Leon needs the Vigil’s help.)

Every day, Brother Leon has a roll call for how many chocolates people have sold, but when he calls Jerry’s name Jerry says no in an effort to “disturb his universe”

I will keep the rest a secret, but let me tell you, the ending is very interesting. 

The Chocolate War, in my opinion, was a stellar book. It was paced very well, and always kept you on the edge of your seat. The author uses great voice, it is almost as if you are really inside each of the characters heads.

There is a huge controversy over the ending. I won’t tell you how it ends, but the ending sends a message to not disturb the universe. People get too worked up over this. The ending is realistic, sometimes in life – SPOILER – the bad guys win! It also shows that if you are not prepared, you will fail.

I thought The Chocolate War was an astounding piece of literature.

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2 thoughts on “The Chocolate War, a Controversial but Fantastic Novel

  1. I agree– the ending is real…. in our society we always want things to be funny and happy but it can be good to seek and find other (even characters in books) who struggle like we actually do.

    • Thanks for the nice comment! When I originally read the ending, I was a bit surprised, but it does make sense why he would want to show kids that sometimes, the good guys don’t always win.

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