The Body Book Report

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorHigh School, 11th grade April 2001

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Book Report Second Draft: The Body The Body was the first book that had an interesting book cover to it, so it immediately appealed to me. I have read two other Stephen King books in the past, and that was the deciding factor in choosing this book as my last for the first semester.

The Body is a very simple book to understand. It features four friends that are at the crossroads of their childhood lives. Gordie Lachance, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp, Vern Tessio were at the age of 12 when the story begins. Like all the other books I've read, The Body shows the bond between Gordie, Chris, Teddy, and Vern, which was almost inseparable because they complimented each other so well. They acted as any other group of 12 year olds would act. They had their own special door knock so they knew who it was, long and meaningless arguments and no interest in girls.

Summertime is when their friendships really took off, because it allowed them time to hang out with each other. One day while at home, Vern herd his brother and his friends talking about a dead body that they had seen while they were out of town. Of course Vern then relayed what he had heard to his friends Gordie, Chris, and Teddy. Being only 12 years old, their curiosity took over their judgment and they were determined to go and look for the dead body, because they had never seen one before. In the bright Maine sunshine, they are off on an adventure into the remote forest. Following the rail tracks their conversation and actions are littered with the cruelties of children, saying things about each other that they really didn't mean. Luckily all remarks were quickly forgotten because they were rushing...