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This book was very thoughtfuly written, but it is not for the faint of heart, as they say. It's really deep and sheds light on high school and the pressures we face. it has a disturbing turn of events at the end. It really shows you how to pick your battles. After reading this book I took some time to think about the book and it's meaning, it had a profound effect on me and if you read it I think you'll see why.
posted Apr 9, 2004
posted Apr 6, 2010 at 7:57PM
The Chocolate Wars is the story of a Catholic school for boys which embarks on a massive chocolate sale. Jerry is ordered by the Vigils (a gang of students who make cruel assignments for the other students to carry out) to refuse to sell. He does so for the ten days that the Vigils command him to refuse, but then he continues to say no. The school turns against him in a brutal but clever usage of power by the Vigils. Ultimately he asks himself--Do I dare disturb the universe? I had read this book a few years ago with dissatisfaction—so decided to read it again to see if I felt differently—unfortunately the answer is no! This book is one of the saddest, “cruelest” novels I have ever read. The horror of what some people will do to each other left me feeling bleak, anxious and depressed. There is no redemption, no pretty package that gets all tied up in a neat little bow to remind us that it's all going to be ok. It is violent and dark and scary. In the end, the bad guys win, life can be bleak and sometimes just surviving is all we can expect. This is not the way I want to spend my reading time. 1 star out of 5.
posted May 14, 2014 at 3:37PM
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Refuses to sell chocolates during his school's fundraiser; some people support his decision, while others are against his way of thinking; surprised to see what his stance has created at school.