So a boy is riding around on his bike, trying to get to his dad, who's in the hospital in a faraway city. The same boy, Adam Farmer, is sitting in some kind of interrogation room in a mental hospital, trying to remember his life before the hospital.A 1977 young adult novel by Robert Cormier (The Chocolate War), and later a film in the early 80's, I Am the Cheese is the emotional Mind Screw story of Adam Farmer, who is afraid of everything, has to take medication and is in love with a girl named Amy.
I Am the Tropes:
- Creator Cameo: The film of the book has Robert Cormier as Amy Hertz's father.
- The Film of the Book: One was made in 1983.
- The Hero Dies: Implied that Adam is going to be offed not long after the ending.
- I Am the Noun: I Am the Cheese (from the song, The Farmer in the Dell).
- Mind Screw: Nothing Adam sees or aims for on his bike ride are real, sans the characters he meets.
- No Medication for Me: At the beginning of the book, Adam dumps all his pills down his sink. He tries to avoid medication from Brint as well, but Adam resists less as the book progresses.
- Silent Credits: The movie would have had this if not for the rickroll in the reissue, described below.
- Witness Protection: The Farmer family is a part of this. It's later revealed that their real last name is Delmonte.