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Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
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Feb 27, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: kids-and-young-adults, stuff-i-own

The sequel to "The Chocolate War", a logical continuation of the characters lives from where the previous novel left off, but like most sequels, it doesn't have the same power. Vigil leader Archie Costello is a senior this year in the novel and only gets meaner and a much firmer character...but the supporting cast doesn't hold up as good punching bags to his cruelty, though some parts will have you shocked. On the side of Jerry Renault, our hero from the previous novel, the author does a good job showing the effects of such treatment as the type which he received in his previous year. It was nice to actually see a realistic portrayal of what not only bullying can do to the person directly involved but their whole life. Too often in YA books involving bullying some spunky teacher or parent figure tells the kid to ignore the problem and it all gets solved. Cormier drags you through Jerry's misery and recovery.

Overall if you were a fan of the first novel, don't go into this one expecting the same quality but it's not that bad either. You don't lose anything by not reading it but it was nice to see how everything left off for our boys.

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