They represent the best and the worst and therefore are interesting and capture the readers attention.On the other hand, Obie, Carter and Goober could do more.
Jerry is the idealist, Archie is the egocentric coward and Leon the manipulative abusive.After reading the book, these three left some unresolved conflicts: Obie's emotional dichotomy of admiration/hate against Archie, Carter false sense of control and authority- Archie marionette and Goober motivations for abandoning everything he enjoys.I was left with questions and I'm still hoping Jerry wins his war.Soon enough, Trinity is a war zone divided by chocolate.Although Jerry may look like the “hero”, con-kid and mastermind of the Vigils, Archie, is really the main character.Jerry decides after the ten days to still refuse to sell chocolates, which puts him at heads with the Vigils and sadistic vice principal Brother Leon.His defiant act turns into an all-out war with bullying and coercion.It had been funny and terrible at the same time, watching Leon call the roll and waiting for his name to be called, and finally his name blazing in the air and the defiant NO.The teacher might have been able to carry off his act successfully, except for his eyes. His face was always under control but his eyes showed vulnerability, gave Jerry a glimpse into the hell that was burning inside the teacher – page 124 is all about power, especially power abused by corrupt authority figures or bullies.I can see why this book would be amazing as a high school text – challenges young people to look at their own role within a social system or institution. I can see why this book has been banned so often – it threatens to raise a generation of young people who can see through façades and make up their own minds about the world. The loss of morality of both leaders and followers raises questions. Or are the people who kept their heads down to avoid their wrath equally to blame?Once hooked by the politics of Trinity, I couldn’t put this book down.