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I Am the Cheese

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,852 Ratings  ·  1,143 Reviews
A boy's search for his father becomes a desperate journey to unlock a secret past. But it is a past that must not be remembered...if he is to survive.
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published March 12th 1977 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1977)
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Maciek
Jun 23, 2013 Maciek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
But I keep pedaling, I keep pedaling...

A photograph of Robert Cormier will show you an old man with a kind face, who was born and grew up in a small town of Leominster in Massachusetts which he never left, who graduated from a private catholic school and wrote articles for the local newspaper.



It might be a surprise to learn that Cormier's novels are very bleak and pessimistic; concerned mostly with young protagonists and the pains of adolescence of growing up. Betrayals and conspiracies abound,
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Matthew
Nov 20, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Matthew by: my teacher
When I first saw this book, I thought it was strange book that no one would read and it was one of the books I just quote…dumb but Robert Cormier, who describes the protagonist, Adam Farmer, and his epic journey to see his father in Rutterburg, Vermont creates this amazing book -- all in flashbacks. He tells the story of Adam as if he was telling it himself.
Adam Farmer a normal kid in school, one day finds the need see his father in Rutterburg, Vermont. He abandons his mother and his precious
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Jorgina
Sep 22, 2008 Jorgina rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Wish I had NEVER read this book. Required reading for my 10th grader so I read it first. Starts out good, keeps you reading even if it does bounce back and forth in time. Then it ends horribly, suddenly without resolving anything and with no hope no finality. It just ends where it begins. It does give you the endless circle that a mentally disturbed person must feel but GOSH! Why, during a youth's most unsettling years of self doubt, low self esteem, bouts of depression, hopelessness; the teen y ...more
Greg
Apr 05, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, teen
I bought this young adult novel when I was a second- or third-year undergraduate student at university (the book was sold in the college bookshop as it was apparently used as a case study text on a course there). One of the two primary reasons why I bought it at the time was that I had enjoyed reading the same author’s book, The Chocolate War, when I was 11 years old and had wanted to read more books by him. However, for some reason, I don’t think I saw any of his other books in the local booksh ...more
Kenny
Jun 11, 2008 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matt
4.5/5

This is "Shutter Island" with Leonardo DiCaprio for teens. LOL

Robert Cormier was there and doing Young Adult Lit before it was hip. Long before J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins. Ya feel me, bro? j/k

This short novel plays with perceptions, memory, and switches effortlessly between first-person present-tense chapters and third-person past-tense segments. Also, a third, unique from of storytelling exists here--the recording between the main character and the "Doctor." Between these three avenue
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mark monday
spoiler: THE CHEESE STANDS ALONE.
Josiah
Feb 23, 2016 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult to find the words to describe an experience in literature like this one. I Am the Cheese is so deeply wrapped in the profundity of its own enigma that it stands alone from nearly anything else that has ever been written. The feeling that one gets from reading Robert Cormier books is vastly different from the aura of any other author's material because one senses the fact that a content, pleasing ending is not at all a foregone conclusion, that things just as likely (if not more s ...more
Robert
The other day on the way home from work I tuned into All Things Considered on NPR. I listened to this segment. I was mesmerized by the description of a book that had left its impression upon someone so long ago. I was intrigued.

That evening I took the children to the public library to check this out.

I loved the story here. Cormier's writing is compelling. Adam lives in a dark world that he discovers as the book proceeds. There is a great mystery that unfolds. As a reader, it is easy to be caught
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Amanda Childs
Nov 07, 2012 Amanda Childs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WHOLE CLASS READING

Adam's whole life is like a maze. He remembers when his life was happy and normal. But a mysterious man, Mr. Grey, controls everything in his family's life, and the implications are sinister. Adam embarks on a bicycle quest, pedaling to find his dad. as he does, he starts remembering, and then things come crashing down.

This book is certainly smart. It's mostly psychological and requires the reader to keep up and pay attention. that said, I found it to be disappointing. Indeed
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Ives
Mar 13, 2008 Ives rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Mystery Books.
Recommended to Ives by: Anyone who likes mystery books.
I Am the Cheese
Robert Cormier
220 pages
HarperCollins,1985
$7.99
ISBN Dell,1981 ISBN 0-440-94060-5.


Have you ever thought about living the life of a victim? Always having the fear of being heard or watched from left to right, up to down? A little taste in what the "bitter-sweet" life is here in this compressed, and brilliant book. The lives of a small, mysterious family of the Farmers (Adam Farmer: Student, son of Mr. & Mrs. Farmer) are on stake. This small family is being hunted down by the g
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Michelle
Jan 15, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was an incredibly strange experience for me. A copy of the book has lived in my classroom for years and it has been on my TBR for a long time. I'm not sure where I got the book. I've picked up books for my classroom in lots of places -yard sales, thrift stores, library sales, and I've bought quite a few new. This one has my name on it and it has been read before (I can tell from the spine), but that's all I know. It's not usually the type of book I'm interested in, but I flippe ...more
Panagiotis
Dec 19, 2013 Panagiotis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a friend of mine recommended me that book i thought it was a ''funny'' one. I mean ''i am the cheese''?Come on. Well funny is the last word that anyone would use to describe it. A really sick book, manages to keep you in agony till the very last page of it. The stories connect between them in a very clever way, the puzzle is being connected perfectlty and the final result leaves you dumbfounded when you realize what you had been reading all this time.

Answers are being given, although the wr
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Pandora
I gave the book four stars because it is very well done and so it move up from three stars. I have however a love hate realtionship with Robert Cormier. I love his suspenseful plotting and his vivid descriptions. I hate his endings because they are all the worst possible ending. I will say though his endings fit the stories with the exception of Fade. I felt he cheated in making a horrible ending for that story.

One other note I Am The Cheese is the most difficult book I have read so far by Cormi
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Roxanne
Apr 30, 2010 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is on a list of short books that were somehow life changing for me.

My original read was years and years ago - I was maybe around 12 or 13. I have this distinct memory of finishing the book very late at night - when everything is dark and the house and the world are asleep. I was completely overwhelmed by two things, (1) all encompassing loneliness - not in a boo-hoo sort of way, but more in a born alone, die alone Ultimate Truth epiphany moment, and (2) being absolutely unsure whether or n
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Jenny
Sep 08, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, school
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Andy
Oct 22, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Am The Cheese is Robert Cormier's nightmare version of Peter & The Wolf - this Peter's feverishly pedalling a rickety bike across New England in the dead of night. Cormier's jagged narrative kicks up a hornet's nest of touchy topics like politics, religion and Freudian analysis.

Several of the episodes in the book reminded me of recurring nightmares that I've had, so Mr. Cormier's novel, it can be said, crawled inside my head and stayed there for awhile. The controversial ending to I Am The
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Hong Deng
This book is about a boy named Adam who was going on a personal journey of finding his real identity. He lived happyliy with his family until one day he became suspicious of his parents and later on found out that his real name is Paul Delmonte. His family had being disguised since he was litte to avoid terrorists. Not long after he found the truth, his parents both died from a car accident and he lost his memory and had to stay in a hospital to recover. The book is really interesting because th ...more
Aj Sterkel
Mar 11, 2016 Aj Sterkel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is going to be a very short review because everything about this book is a spoiler. Even the title is a spoiler.

Adam is on a mission to bring his father a gift in the hospital, but the only way he can get there is by bicycle. As he peddles through small New England towns, he remembers the event that destroyed his family and led to him spending time in a mental hospital. Half of this book is told in interviews between Adam and his doctor. The other half is about Adam’s journey to visit his f
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Aaron (Cedar Sun)
Jul 03, 2015 Aaron (Cedar Sun) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great psychological thriller with a number of different aspects I felt I could relate to, personally. It trusts the reader to make connections and do a bit of thinking on their own part to really grasp what happens by the end, but I do wish it had explored the protagonist's state of mind a bit more.

If you like psych-thrillers, and appreciate books that don't spell everything out for you, I'd recommend this.
Maria
Apr 11, 2009 Maria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kressel Housman
Jul 23, 2008 Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens and adults
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Now here's a book that really breaks the mold of young adult fiction, and it's absolutely brilliant. It's told as a teenage boy's recollections to a shrink, but you won't get the full impact of his story until the very last page. And then - pow! I highly recommend it, but be warned: it's not a happy, feel-good book.
Arsh Hayer
Aug 05, 2015 Arsh Hayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it for school and I absolutely loved it. Too bad I watched the movie before reading the book. Didn't know.
Valerie
Jul 18, 2015 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was beyond my expectations ! At first I just got the book because it was on sale and it seemed interesting but as I read it I was hooked ! I cherished the descriptive and wise tone the author provides. He made me savor the book . I took my time reading it and I felt like the main character. The main character Adam Farmer is psychological ill because he faces trauma that is later mentioned in the book. It very cryptic as well but you have a sense of empathy with Adam because he is also ...more
Ashley Arredondo
Would you go to another town on your bike to see your dad ? The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I think this book is really good because i likethe way he tells us what happens on his trip to see his dad.
Adam lives in a small town with his mother. He goes to Rutterbug, Vermont to see his father. But in the story he is also in a place that might be a hospital or jail but they always ask him question.The story is mostly about Adam telling you about his journey to see his father and all t
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Dana
This was definitely a book that I thoroughly enjoyed! It was engaging, unique, and a great experience to read. I think the title was slightly misleading since it sounds as if it would be something humorous and whimsical, which this book certainly is not. (view spoiler)

It had some stylistic el
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Cory Dorn
May 07, 2014 Cory Dorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel the “I Am The Cheese” is for any age or gender, but I mostly prefer teens to read it because the main character is a teen. What this young man does to see his father, And this Young man name is Adam Farmer. He will pedal 84 miles to see his father in the hospital this 84 mile trip is from Massachusetts to Vermont. Another reason why I Say this should be preferred for teens is that we became more of technology. Teens Eat sleep and dream on Technology. A Teenager at this time would just Fa ...more
Tahleen
Sep 16, 2010 Tahleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very difficult one to summarize. We have Adam Farmer, a 14-year-old boy who is biking his way to Vermont from a small town in Massachusetts with the goal of visiting his father. Yet these first-person, present-tense accounts are alternated with taped conversations Adam has with a man named Brint, supposedly a psychiatrist of some sort—these conversations are an attempt to get Adam to remember his past which is so horrible that he has been repressing the memories. What does this al ...more
Beau
Jan 24, 2012 Beau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever watched the movie "Abduction" staring Taylor Lautner? Well this book is just like that movie but it actually puts a modern twist to it. Although this book is a fictional book, the way the author tells it makes it so much more realistic. This book is full of deception and lies that it makes this book interesting.

This book is about a kid named Adam Farmer who has been drugged into finding out more information about his family, mainly his father. As Adam is induced in the drug, someon
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Danielle
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Robert Edmund Cormier (January 17, 1925–November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes ...more
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“He was intrigued by the power of words, not the literary words that filled the books in the library but the sharp, staccato words that went into the writing of news stories. Words that went for the jugular. Active verbs that danced and raced on the page.” 43 likes
“A: Funny about my mother. All my life, from the time I was just a little kid, I thought of her as a sad person. I mean, the way some people are tall or fat or skinny. My father always seemed the stronger one. As if he was a bright color and she was a faded color. I know it sounds crazy.
T: Not at all.
A: But later, when I learned the truth about our lives, I found she was still sad. But strong, too. Not faded at all. It wasn't sadness so much as fear--the Never Knows.”
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