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He considers taking Nicole’s advice about taking up writing, or seeking out a plastic surgeon to reconstruct his face. Now, so many years later, as I listened to one of his books that I hadn't had the pleasure of reading way back then, it's so amazing to identify a lot of my own style in his writing. Under Larry’s tutelage, Francis became the Ping-Pong champion, which secured Nicole’s attention, and made him a hero among the children of Frenchtown. After reading through half the book for my English GCSE's, I decided to finish it off just listening to its audiobook, I give this book a five out of five.

His plan backfired as this did not kill him, merely mutilated him horribly, and his actions were seen as bravery for defending his comrades and he was given a Silver Star medal for outstanding courage. However, his luck began to change with the arrival of Larry and the opening of the town’s new recreation center, which was dubbed the “ Wreck Center” due to its shoddy refurbishment and its bloody history as the site of a wedding that turned into a mass shooting. Distraught, Francis waited outside of Nicole’s house for days until she finally came out and angrily sent him away. Many of the flashbacks in the novel refer to the Great Depression which was an effect of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Unlike other veterans who are stuck in a limbo neither acknowledging their experiences nor moving on, Francis has a purpose which he hides from the community, along with his identity.The novel explores the effects of Pearl Harbor on Frenchtown, as the Wreck Centre closes because of Larry's absence. Francis does anything to be with her but she's not ready to be with him so she goes back to Albany , New York and study and become a teacher of english. I recommend this book to young adults because it explains what life is about, how hard it can be dealing with all the normal problems in life. I thought he was an intensely interesting and complex character, and I could never quite make up my minds as to whether I admired him, felt sorry for him, or downright disliked him. Only later in life, when my journey had come full circle and I realized I was meant to become what I enjoyed the most, a storyteller, did it occur to me how much of an impact Robert Cormier had had on me.

I think it's a sad book because you cannot take away a chill hood from a kid and send him to war knowing that he might die or like what happen to francis he almost die. I really sympathised with him, and on several occasions, I just wanted to step through the pages and give him a big hug. Marie-Blanche is the murdered bride whose gruesome wedding led to the closure of Grenier’s Hall, the precursor to the Wreck Center. The story is told in flashbacks of Francis’ childhood and his innocent romance with his classmate, Nicole Renard.This, my seventh read of the year, is a remarkable book, short and light but it packs an emotional punch. He began the New Deal, which aimed to solve some of the problems within the country, such as unemployment. At the bar, the other veterans talk eagerly of their future plans now that the war is over, but never of their experiences overseas.

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