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I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
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Feb 02, 2011

it was ok

I am the cheese was not one of my favorite books. It was some what difficult to understand who Adam Farmer really is. There were about three narrators, Adam being the first peron narrative, and an anonymous third person narrator as well as someone who narrates the tape sessions he has. The sessions he has are with his psychiatrist Brint. Brint plays mind games with Adam, because he's trying to find out information about Adam's past life, which he has very little memory of. Sometimes it seems as if the reader is inside of Adam's thoughts while he tries to figure out the situation he's in. This being most difficult for me because his thoughts frantically jump around mindlessly.
This book is a coming-of-age book, similar to the short story we read in class, working at the A&P. Adam slowly discovers his real identity towards the end of the book. Once he discovers it, he denys it and rejects who he truly is. Not only did Adam have to change his identity, but his parents did as well. Adam finds it easy to lie to his girlfriend Amy. He comes up with different sets of circumstances for his situation. He often times goes on bike rides to visit his father. During these rides he encounters hardships like the dog who tries to attack him. Adam only can recall certain memories and after a while of thinking about them he has to stop because of the frequent headaches he gets.
The book was not a very fun book to read and i got lost throughout certain points. It was hard to keep up with Adam's character and his changing moods. I would give this book 2 stars because of its constantly changing plot.

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