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Stand By Me is the story of four twelve year olds living in a small town in the year 1959 whose lives were changed by a chance adventure that they embarked on at the end of an indolent summer The four boys were Gordie Lachance Chris Chambers Teddy Duchamp and Vern Tessio The boys had their own tree house with its special club rules including a secret knock and spent their time in meaningless arguments playing games or just hanging out Although on the surface they are typical pre-adolescent boys you soon find out that underneath their normal bravado and enthusiasm each of them have problems at home to deal with Gordies older brother Denny was recently killed in an auto accident and his parents have not handled it well They mope around their house and continually ask Gordie who is an aspiring writer why he isnt more like his brother who was a popular athlete in town Gordies best friend Chris who is intelligent brave and the natural leader of the group has an alcoholic father who constantly beats him and an older brother who is a delinquent Everyone in town figures that Chris will follow in their footsteps so he is very much afraid of what his future will be Teddy is the son of an emotionally disturbed war veteran who has abused him all his life In his mind Teddy cannot accept his situation so he has created a fantasy world in which his father is an All American war hero instead of an inmate in a mental hospital Vern is on the chubby side somewhat uncoordinated and is constantly the butt of jokes Verns older brother likes to push him around when he is there and so Vern spends a fair amount of time hiding out Yet Vern ends up being the catalyst of the story He accidentally overhears his older brother describe the location where he is pretty sure that
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