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Mesg #267 "The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier"
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I had to read this for my YA lit class. I probably would have liked it more if we hadn't just finished reading The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. Both books are very masculine--there aren't any female characters in The Chocolate War, and very few in The Outsiders.

The Chocolate War was also really depressing, showing that people will always choose what's easy rather than what's right. It made me depressed about our society in general.

That said, it was a good book. The characterization was good and so was the plot. The pacing was slow at times, but Cormier did a great job of hinting at things rather than over-explaining.

Finally, perhaps the biggest problem I had with it is had nothing to do with the book itself. Our teacher assigned some readings earlier that spoiled the ending, so I knew it was all hopeless from the beginning. She apologized for that, but I may have liked the book better if I'd had hope somewhere in the beginning.

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