on the shelf: a separate peace

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
ISBN-13: 9780743253970

Synopsis: "Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world."

Review: This book had been on my radar for years. Ever since I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2003, just before my freshman year of high school. The book mentions A Separate Peace and I was intrigued. I finally got around to reading it earlier this summer. That's eight years later! Well, the book held up its reputation in my eyes. There were certain things that shocked me about the boys at the boarding school and just to what lengths they would go to in order to be on top. I was shocked with the ending. I recall finishing up this book in the break room and gasping out loud. I got glares from a couple of co-workers, but isn't it a good sign when a book pulls you in so deep as to evoke such a strong, audible reaction? I think so. If you have not read this for school, I suggest running out to the nearest bookstore and purchasing a copy. It's a good summer read, but I also think it evokes some autumnal/wintery feel as well. I guess it's a good book for all of the seasons. I clearly highly recommend it.

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