I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier fits into the Juvenile Mystery Fiction genre. It was first published in 1977 and is recommended for ages 14 and up.
In the beginning of “I am the Cheese” we learn that Adam Farmer is on his bike in Monument, Massachusetts on his way to Rutterburg, Vermont but that is about all of the information we are given. As the book unfolds the reader gets more and more as Adam’s memories are triggered by interviews with a man named Brint. They have interviews that lead Adam to remember stories and then we get more information. It’s a really interesting way to write a book and I was captivated by what I knew and what there was yet to learn. Bit by bit we learn about his life and family. They had a home and a nice life but they left in a hurry one night and never went back. We learn also about his girlfriend Amy Hertz and how they used to play practical jokes together. Further into the book Adam begins to question Brint’s motives and get suspicious because all of the interviews focus on certain parts of his life and while
Brint says he’s there to help, Adam is sure he’s being pumped for information. In the end we learn that almost nothing is as it seems and that Adam has had one exciting life.