The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

Cormier gives a magnificently horrible portrayal of high-school life in his tale of a Catholic school freshman who refuses to participate in the school's fundraiser of selling boxes of chocolates. Its painful to read as one recognizes the realities go far beyond the mundane teenage world. The next time you want to waste you time with a formulaic Pulitzer prize winner, do yourself a solid and pick this instead (or at the very least these cheat notes).