I Am the Cheese
Puffin Books, 1977
Audience: All Teens
Adam Farmer is on a journey - he has to get to Rutterburg with a parcel for his father. But as he travels, he starts to remember the events leading up to this point, memories which are also being prised out in gruelling psychiatric interviews. What is the secret of Adam Farmer? And what will happen when he finds out?
I Am the Cheese was a little too abstract for me. The ending left me wondering if I understood everything correctly - but I didn’t care enough to go back and read it again. I liked that it was short and it was well-constructed. The element of mystery kept me reading and I understand why it’s considered a classic. Additionally, I could see how it would absolutely blow teens’ minds and that some would absolutely love it. Overall, it wasn’t my favorite, though.