Robert Cormier

Author of "I Am The Cheese"


Robert Cormier was born on January 17, 1925 in Leominster, Massachusetts, as Robert Edmund Cormier. He was a writer and actor, known for Tenderness (2009), The Chocolate War (1988) and The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999). He was married to Constance. He died on November 2, 2000 in Boston, Massachusetts. Cormier had four children, three daughters and a son, and ten grandchildren. He Won the Margaret A. Edwards award for novels "The Chocolate War", "I am the Cheese", and "After the First Death". "The Chocolate War" is constantly under attack by censorship groups and is banned often. Cormier writes with inspiration from happenings around him, and his work often captures the attention of readers by making them feel as though they are the main character. "I take real people and put them in extraordinary situations."


I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier was a fantastic book because it totally caught me off guard until the very end of the book. The reason was that Adam, the protagonist, tells a story while he rides a bicycle in a circle. Adam is mentally ill and is put in a facility because Adam knows something that the government doesn't want him to remember. As a result, the government drugs Adam in the hope of erasing his memories. The ending is very surprising, so i do not want to ruin the book. The title is also significant because it is a metaphor for Adam's life. Adam's life is like cheese in that it has many holes. All in all, I recommend this book to anyone who likes surprises or adventures

-by Kenny at

When I first saw this book, I thought it was strange book that no one would read and it was one of the books I just quote…dumb but Robert Cormier, who describes the protagonist, Adam Farmer, and his epic journey to see his father in Rutterburg, Vermont creates this amazing book -- all in flashbacks. He tells the story of Adam as if he was telling it himself.

- by Matthew at

What Do i think?

I have not finished the book, but so far, it's amazing. There's nothing really extravagant and far fetched about any of it. Adam is riding from Massachusetts to Vermont to see his father, who has been separated from. And of course, that is a strange story. However, Cormier writes in a way that makes it seem both ordinary and extraordinary. The writing makes me feel like I am the main character, and there are many strange literary patterns, such as repeating words and phrases, which make the writing seem more real. Every other chapter, Adam is talking to a doctor about past experiences, slowly unraveling his story as, in the other chapters (it switches back and fourth between the tape and the bike ride) he makes his journey to Vermont.

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