The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier Like Dead Poets Society, only without the great teacher and with a lot more masturbation.Actually, it's more Dead Poets Society meets Lord of the Flies.Selling chocolates is a yearly tradition at Trinity, a private Catholic boys' school. This year, the pressure is on, with twice as many boxes selling at double last year's price. School spirit is invoked. Everyone has to do their part. But when Brother Leon calls the role, asking each boy if he will participate (something that is supposed to be a formality), Jerry Renault says "No."Despite the nearly forty years since this book was published, The Chocolate War still reads as contemporary, with only one or two small things to date it.Though the book does carry an anti-bullying message, it delivers it in a devastating and dismal manner, leaving the reader bewildered and raw at the end.Definitely a book deservedly remembered.This review also appears at Boxes of Paper.