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We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
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Aug 02, 2009

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bookshelves: classroom-books-grade-7-8, coming-of-age
Recommended for: teens who love both teen romance & horror movies, teens who are interested in alcoholism
Read in August, 2009

If you loved The Chocolate War, you will probably enjoy this one as well, although this is an easier read.

One of the protagonists sees people as either "good" or "bad." He ultimately learns that what you do determines in which category you fit, not what you think or how you feel. Interesting characters and realistic social dynamics for a high school student to think about, along with a page-turner plot. As always with Cormier, no cheesy fairy-tale endings. Just reality.

For teachers & parents:

Deals very realistically with alcoholism, peer pressure, and divorce. Also explores sociopathic behavior, realistic teen romance. I'd recommend this to a teen trying to understand alcoholism (maybe has a parent who is alcoholic, is struggling with it himself, etc.)


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