Adam Farmer, a young teen, is placed into a mental institution because he has amnesia. His thereapist, Brint, wants to find out what happened to him.
Adam's father testified against wrongdoers and they tried to kill him. The family changed their names and occupation and location. Adam embarks on a trip to what he thinks is to visit his father in the hospital. However, the reader learns at the end of the book that Adam suffers from mental illness and was never on a trip to visit his father, but rather on a bike ride around the asylum.
The novel goes through chapters of either Adam on his determined "trip to see his father" and his sessions with Brint. Brint questions Adam, and at times Adam is suspicious of who Brint really is but in the end is convinced he is just a psyciatrist. In truth, Brint is an investigator and Adam is just crazy.
The book is called "I Am the Cheese" because if the reader recalls at the end of the book, Adam starts to sing "The Farmer in the Dell" and the last phrase of the song is "The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone." This is Adam. Adam is describing himself. Cheese is merely nothing so too is Adam. The cheese is alone, and unimportant, just like Adam.
Now, here is a question for all readers: Cheese has one importance to it- the fact that it is a food and it can help survival for a human being, makes cheese have a different meaning to it, doesn't it? Now, cheese has suddenly become important. Well, in a way so too is Adam, for the government relies on him to find out the truth of what really happened with his family. So now the title has another significance to it, doesn't it?
This report prepared by Leah
An emotionally disturbed teenaged boy is being questioned in a mental hospital about his history; the boy's father testified against organized crime and the family had to join the Witness Protection Program. The boy has amnesia and cannot remember most of his life, such as where his parents are and what happened to send him to the mental hospital. His memory gradually unfolds as the book progresses.
This report prepared by Meaghan