8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Dark and serious exploration of high-school age social issue,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Chocolate War (Lions Teen Tracks) (Paperback)
This is a great book, very dark, very serious. It takes some hard looks at social and moral issues about community, forced community, and forcing schoolchildren to pimp goods door-to-door to help pay for their education, in this case, chocolates. Set in a US Catholic all-boys parochial school, for anyone that didn't attend this kind of school, the background may seem surreal; trust me, it's as real as it gets. Brother Anthony made the hair stand up on the back of my neck in recognition.
P.s. don't waste your time on the Hollywood movie, they rewrote the ending to appeal to some mythical "American sensibility" which I as an American, find ludicrous and repellent. The rewritten version *completely* destroyed the message of the story.