A Separate Peace
Books | Fiction / Coming of Age
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II.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.
Coming Of Age
World War 2
Simon and Schuster
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"It was a great book! Was not expecting the ending, but it was a very vivid and detailed story! I could picture everything - I still can’t get over the fact that the ending is not a cliffhanger since there is no sequel, but it is not a proper happily ever after ending either… I think the plot was a little different and unique since there were many points of major conflict which for me, confused me as to the location of the climax. All in all, loved the idea of it and it was an amazing read! "
"This is like something out of Dead Poets’ Society."
"Once again, I had to read this during the beginning of my 12th grade year. In my opinion, some of the characters make stupid mistakes but then again I am a girl in the 21st century and this is written about boys, wrote by a boy, a long time ago. Our ways of thinking are just different. Besides that, It was still a good read. The end was sucky. *Spoiler* Everyone in my class thought that Finny and Gene were 💅 but no. We also weren't expecting Finny to end up the way he did."