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no. This is the most amazing twist in the novel. The bike trip has been mostly created through Adam's imagination. He is the actual patient in the hospital and the trip is riding his bike around on the hospital grounds. His family was part of the witness protection program and his mother has been killed by enemy agents. His father's whereabouts are unknown. And for the last three years Adam has been a patient at a private hospital where he has undergone questioning about his past, specifically about his father's knowledge in the case in which he testified.
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It has been closed down for years. Adam keeps coming up on mysteries on his trip, like being told Amy doesn't live at the number he keeps trying to reach, and lastly that the motel he and his parents stayed at not too long ago, has actually been closed down for years.
The Farmer in the Dell . Adam's last name is Farmer and so it was a family joke that "The Farmer in the Dell" was their own song. The book's title "I Am the Cheese" refers to the last line of the song, how the cheese stands alone. By the book's end Adam realizes he is the cheese, because he is all alone.
his girlfriend. Adam continually tries to call his friend Amy. Either the phone keeps ringing or a stranger answers it saying Amy doesn't live at that address.
|While eating at the cafe, the boy is interrupted by a bunch of locals looking for kicks. They decide to harass the boy. What is the leader's name?||A Cheesy Quiz Part One
Whipper. Whipper is one of those bullies who is bored and finds targeting Adam to be a source of entertainment. He and his friends later run Adam off the road and although he is shaken, Adam is not seriously hurt.
clam chowder. Adam decides upon a bowl of clam chowder, and dislikes that the counter guy has placed a pat of butter into his soup. Adam is too polite to say anything about the butter.
his favorite stuffed animal. Adam brings along his childhood stuffed animal, Pokey, as a gift for his father.
To visit his father. Adam wants to visit his father who is staying in a hospital, a couple of towns away. He rides his father's old bike, wearing his father's old hat and coat.
|"I Am the Cheese" opens with a boy riding his bike alone along a state route road. What is this boy's name?||A Cheesy Quiz Part One
Adam. The novel opens with a first person narrative of a teen boy named Adam who has decided to visit his father.
he is greeted by a doctor, for he is a patient there. The ending is the beginning in many ways. Adam/Paul is actually a patient of this government run hospital, and all that is encountered on his bike journey is found on the hospital grounds. There is a blend of fantasy with reality mixed into the conclusion for Adam/Paul begins the narrative all over again.
Paul. Adam discovers his real name is Paul Delmonte, not Adam Farmer. He learns his parents had been hiding the truth from him, yet the truth actually brought them closer together instead of distancing them.
|Amy represents Adam's touch with reality. However, the reader might begin to doubt if Amy exists, for what reason?||A Cheesy Quiz Part Two
A man states there is no Amy that lives at the number dialed. At first Adam cannot reach Amy, and then as the story continues he does get someone on the line, but it seems like Adam has reached a wrong number. Finally, the man who answers gets annoyed saying he has had the number for three years and states no Amy has ever lived there that he knows of.
search for identity. While aspects of the other choices do occur in the story, Adam's bike journey primarily signifies Adam's search for his growing need to go from trusting child to savvy adolescent. His bike journey represents the teenager's need to pull away from the nurturing of the parent to the independence of becoming an adult.
first person. The book starts out with a first person narrative of a teen boy who goes by the name of Adam. However, as the story unfolds there is more than just Adam's point of view of the story to process. There is a three-way narrative that moves the plot along--an unusual writing device when the book came out.
Adam and Brint. This transcript is the first indication that the book is different in its construct. As the story unfolds and more of these transcripts appear, the reader begins to see there is a clear connection between the bike trip narrative and this second part--the taped transcripts. It is later that the reader discovers that "T" stands for Brint.
canoeing. She stands up in the canoe and it tips over. Since she doesn't know how to swim, and he dos, he tries to save her. He fails, she dies and he ends up in prison for life. Jake Proctor knows that he didn't kill her, but he has him locked up anyway.
cops. She sees cops around the picnic area. Realizing that it's a trap, she begs to be let down. Luckily, she is able to make it there in time.
a carnival. He called Maria earlier and they planned a picnic near the carnival. He plans to kill her then.
yes, but he changes his mind after she wakes up and catches him. He is about to kill her in her sleep, but after she wakes up he actually pulls away, instead of killing her anyway as he normally would.
a park, a clothing shop and a motel. They go to a park, sit by the lake and talk with each other. Then Eric takes her clothing shopping and blows money on her. They end the day in a motel room.
Lori Cranston. She claims that she went in there to escape the rain and was going to leave. Then she overslept.
bait to catch Eric. She's a girl who looks like Eric's serial victims. Jake Proctor hires her to use as bait to catch him in the act.
a cop. He's a cop who knows that Eric killed more then just his parents and who is determined to find a way to keep Eric locked up for good. Once, he let a suspect to serial murder go and then realized that that was the serial killer. Since then, he has been having nightmares, which he thinks will stop after he captures Eric.
a home for pregnant teenage girls. She pretends to be pregnant so that she can stay there. They find out, but let her stay in exchange for doing chores. When she is not working, she is waiting outside Eric's aunt's house.
hitchhiking. While she was hitchhiking there, she stole the wallet of a nervous man who picked her up and, even though he didn't want to, paid to touch her.
his aunt's house. He goes to stay with his aunt for awhile. She is very nice to him, although he suspects that there is a hidden fear.
a crazy, runaway, stalker. She sees Eric Poole, a boy she once met years ago, on TV. She develops a fixation on him and then runs away to go and find him.
murdering his mom and step father. He prepared himself by doing some practice murders. That gave him the strength and confidence to kill the people he had wanted to kill in the first place.
kittens (and his aunt's bird). He began with small animals, until he graduated to people. Then he could kill his special victims.
a teenage serial killer. Eric killed three innocent girls, who he got tender with before he buried them. They all had one thing in common: they looked very similar to his mother.
I Have Words To Spend. This book contains several works of his that were taken from newspaper columns, from back when he was a journalist.
"In a lot of instances, young adults are living that darker side of life or are aware of it threw television, movies, of what they see and hear on school buses or in school corridors. For Some reason, many people think teenagers live in a kind of vacuum. They don't, and when they read about the dark side of life in books, it gives an affirmation to what they see and hear every day. For the more protected and isolated teenager, the books give them a dose of reality, of what's really going on it the world out there that's waiting for them."