Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Wave Review

The Wave
AUTHOR: Todd Strasser
PAGES: 138
GENRE: Realistic Fiction
PUBLISH DATE: October 1, 1981


The Wave is based on a true incident that occured in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in 1969.

The powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic movements such as Nazism are recreated in the classroom when history teacher Burt Ross introduces a "new" system to his students. And before long "The Wave," with its rules of "strength through discipline, community, and action, " sweeps from the classroom through the entire school. And as most of the students join the movement, Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of "The Wave" and realize they must stop it before it's too late.


This book is based on a real event that happened. It was based off of the real events that happened in a California high school. It also reminded me a lot of the Nazi rule during the Holocaust. It was scary to think that after the awful events of World War Two we could have something so similar happen on a much smaller scale. It really was thought provoking. This is a great story with a quick paced plot. The book is short and it is a very quick read. Because it takes place in high school, I found the relationships and characters very real and easy to relate to.

The ending wasn’t my favorite. It just ended. The movement is stopped and then it is over. I would have liked to have maybe one more chapter explaining the aftermath and how it all got put back together. It could describe how the relationships were restored and how everybody copes and learns from this. I think it would help make the story seem more resolved.

Overall, this was a great book and I would definitely recommend it.


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