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Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
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May 29, 2009

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Read in May, 2010

This is not a book to read right after something good happens, because it will shatter your belief in the goodness of humanity. I enjoyed the way there were multiple story lines, though because it has been a while since I read The Chocolate War I did not remember who David Caroni was until a third of the way through. Cormier's writing is like glass snakes. I hope that I never meet a person like Archie Costello. Both Chocolate War books are like Lord of the Flies set in a Catholic boys school, with psychological manipulation taking a greater place than physical violence (though there is that, too). Not recommended for young children, but it has definitely gotten me into the mood I'd like to write my story in.

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