Amazingly, topped the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom’s list of most challenged books as recently as 2004, which perhaps shows how few things changed between 19.
The purpose of rules is to crush those who ignore them, and consumerism is a duty worth killing for – this book is a bleak portrayal of the fate of a conscientious objector under corporate Fascism.
Yet it has become a controversial and often banned YA classic, rich in themes—bullying, fitting in versus being true to oneself, dealing with peer pressure—that resonate as profoundly today as they did when this was published, in 1974.”—Booklist, starred review “The characterizations of all the boys are superb.”—School Library Journal, starred review “Compellingly immediate. His many books include The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, Fade, Tenderness, After the First Death, Heroes, Frenchtown Summer, and The Rag and Bone Shop. More about Robert Cormier Robert Cormier (1925–2000) changed the face of young adult literature over the course of his illustrious career.
His many books include The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, Fade, Tenderness, After the First Death, Heroes, Frenchtown Summer, and The Rag and Bone Shop. More about Robert Cormier Robert Cormier (1925–2000) changed the face of young adult literature over the course of his illustrious career.
Part of what parents object to may be the pervasive atmosphere of unsatisfied teenage lust.
There are no woman characters — women are unattainable objects throughout.
In the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier the main protagonist, Jerry Renault, defies a powerful gang in school, called the Vigils, and must decide if conforming to their wishes is better than standing up against them and “defying the universe”.
Both Hook and Anzaldua point out conformity in society based on pressures to meet Pop culture on the other hand pushes a different message, one that says you can’t be happy or honest if you are poor.
She then points out how far people are willing to go to avoid the stigma of being poor.
Teenagers killing for a certain pair of shoes or a jacket (434) or buying items that indicate success like a large TV (435) even if it means going into debt and forgoing certain necessities.