Going back in time: A Separate Peace



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A Separate Peace by John Knowles
First published in 1959
Required reading during my HS years (and I don’t remember if I ever finished it, but knowing my younger self…I probably read the CliffsNotes)

This past year I set out to read books from HS (1994-98) to: 1) read from an adult perspective and 2) actually read the ones I was supposed to and know I didn’t!

I want to apologize to my English teacher now, I should have appreciated you more. 😉

The story is of two best friends, Gene and Finny, at an all boys boarding school and one’s insecurity/hidden jealously over the other. Gene comes to believe that Finny is sabotaging his studies on purpose and his actions with Finny thereafter are less than noble. During this time Gene, Finny and the other boys are reaching a turning point in their lives. They are 1 year away from draft age with a war going on and dealing with the fact that this may be the last year they can actually be kids.

To read more on my thoughts/frustrations with the characters, which includes spoilers, view my goodreads.com review (got to figure out that spoiler button html, but until then I didn’t want to ruin the story for anyone who wanted to read it!)

Let me know what you thought of the book, in HS and/or as an adult re-reading it, in the comments below!



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