A Separate Peace by John Knowles

     In the middle of World War II, Gene and Phineas are coming into their last year of high school. Roommates, away at boarding school, they find themselves growing closer over the summer session. As Gene tries to find himself, he also senses a rivalry building between him and his friend. After a serious accident (or was it an accident after all?) neither of the boys will ever be the same.

This is an interesting read; seeing how the idea of being drafted or the decision to enlist into the military affects these boys. Especially since we no longer have the draft here, even in times of war most people don’t think about the military very often. Gene’s journey is interesting as well. He’s telling this story, so we understand everything from his perspective. You get to see his inner struggles and get insight into his reactions, which you sometimes want to smack him for… or maybe that’s just me. Overall, it’s pretty good. I would suggest reading it at least once.

1) Overall Plot = 4
2) Characters = 4
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 4
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 4.5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 3.5

Average of  score 4
Overall grade = B

Where to buy the book: CBDAmazon | B&N

This was book 49 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.

This was book 10 in my Classics challenge.

2 thoughts on “A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  1. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!


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