Novel written by Robert Cormier, published in 1977. Often studied by young adults in American schools. It is the story of a fourteen year old boy who learns his whole life has been based on lies. He struggles to find his missing father, fill in the gaps of his memory, and figure out where exactly he fits in the picture.

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This novel is by Robert Cormier, also author of the fine book The Chocolate War. There have been two film adaptations: one titled I am the cheese and one titled A Lapse of Memory.

A couple of days ago, I picked this book up, and literally could not put it down. It's not a thick book; I think I read it in less than three hours, but I wasn't paying much attention to the clock. Even while trying to avoid a highly subjective writeup, I have to say that this has already become my favorite book, and I'm going to run and buy myself a copy as soon as possible so that I can read it again.

Giving away any of the plot would completely destroy the effect this book will have on you, and along the same lines, I would strongly discourage attempting to find information about this book on the Internet before you've read it. But I will say that for a book written in 1976, it's paints a frighteningly accurate picture of the state of the modern world. I highly recommend this book. The climax will chill you to the bone. You won't be disappointed.

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