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.  Continue reading