by Robert Cormier Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience
Awesomeness pours from the pages...   (2007-06-22)
OK. This book is really awesome. I am 13 years old and I usually don't read books that often but had to for the summer reading program at my local library. While browsing the books, I came across the interesting title, "I am the Cheese" and I was just like "ok then...good for you!" I chose to check it out anyway. The book starts with a kid riding down the road on a bike. I thought this was a good way to start a book, because it just jumps right in instead of describing the setting for twenty pages and then actually starting the story. As I read on, I found it to be a little slow towards the middle of the book. I mean, you can ride a bike! great job! You forgot to take your medicine today! That's too bad! Just stop complaining about it, will you?? We get it. I also thought that the fact that he had so many fears was slowing the book down. In a specific passage, he is riding down a huge hill, going like twenty miles an hour! Then, a dog is in the middle of the road in front of him. What's the logical thing to do? Go around the dog, of course. But no, he has to slow down directly in the path of the dog. I mean, who does that? At that point, I was just like, "I will give a million dollars to the person who can figure out the point of this book." I was about to just forget about this book. If you feel this way in the middle of the book, DO NOT PUT IT DOWN! It is a really great book. Anyway, after the few slow parts, the book really gets fantastic. It isn't a book that you can read half of and skim through the rest, like some books out there. You really have to read and think about every single thing the author says in the book to understand what happens in the end. The ending really shocked me, but of course after reading the "content guidelines" for this site, I cannot share it. It is a somewhat confusing ending, and I had to read the last few chapters several times to really understand it. Even though this is a very complex book that you may have to read twice to figure out, I highly recommend it to people as young as twelve or even really smart eleven year-olds. If you chose to read this book, which is not terribly long (about 230 pages), you will not be sorry at all.
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