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As Francis draws near the exit, Larry flicks off the lights, and Francis suddenly decides he cannot fully abandon his sweetheart, hiding himself in the shadows as the other two dance.

Both deal with the trauma of war in a poignant way and carry the themes of corruption and evil seen throughout his body of work. Francis’ backstory and the heartbreaking reason he felt like he had to go to war are interesting, adding to the pathos of what is both a untraditional story about war and a chronicle of innocence lost. However, after that first reading, I came away disappointed- the book was not what I had expected at all.

Many of the flashbacks in the novel refer to the Great Depression which was an effect of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. But Cormier doesn't stop there, he also highlights the disturbing contrast between Larry's celebrated violence towards enemies in combat and his reprehensible sexual violence (rape) towards Nicole, and the fact that Nicole is underaged makes this even more despicable. The book’s purpose was to show how much betrayal, love, hate, guilt, and forgiveness can impact a person. Nicole his childhood sweetheart moved away from the town and he longs to find her again but it is hinted upon that something unsavoury happened between them. I loved to read the book because it explains every setting or mood with great detail, that I had a vivid imagination while I was reading some parts of the book.

When Francis protests, Larry explains how he wants to have one last dance alone with Nicole, his star pupil. As he stalks about Frenchtown hunting for any news of Larry, he meets other local veterans and begins to frequent their favorite bar, the St. There is a fine line between what it means to be a good or bad person and Cormier showed us just how blurred the line can be.The synopsis won't give you a hint of the depth behind the main character's reason for wanting to kill his childhood hero, and it really got me. Heroes and 17 other books were challenged by Richard and Alice Ess, founders of the Fairfax County, Virginia group Parents Against Bad Book in Schools. Francis's nostrils are often spoken of as the physical disfigurement which plagues him the most, as they often run and have caused him to wear a bandage over them, secured with a pin at the back of his head which makes it difficult for him to clean.

I thought he was an intensely interesting and complex character, and I could never quite make up my minds as to whether I admired him, felt sorry for him, or downright disliked him.

I recommend this book to young adults because it explains what life is about, how hard it can be dealing with all the normal problems in life. The story is told in flashbacks of Francis’ childhood and his innocent romance with his classmate, Nicole Renard.

Although no doubt a brave act but in doing so he also saves his own life and as such could be equally regarded as a simple act of self-preservation. Biography: Robert Cormier was a journalist and author, acclaimed for his young adult novels with their uncompromising examination of contemporary issues. 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.Join now to access our Study Guides library, which offers chapter-by-chapter summaries and comprehensive analysis on more than 5,000 literary works from novels to nonfiction to poetry. He hopes to rekindle his relationship with her but she rebuffs him, claiming that she can never forget his betrayal at the Wreck Center. I think it's a sad book because you cannot take away a chill hood from a kid and send him to war knowing that he might die or like what happen to francis he almost die.

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