Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 13, 2008

Tear factor

Filed under: "Feathers" — scrollman @ 7:25 pm

After I finished reading Feathers I thought of a great way to measure the value of a book: “the tear factor”.  Multiply the times you cry in a book, by the intensity on a scale of one to ten, and then divide by the number of pages to get your final value.  There was something so tender about this book.  It made me want to wake up my two year old son and give him the longest and deepest hug imaginable.  This book really moved me and I sincerely relate to its message.  People are good at heart.  We might be mixed up, hurt, ignorant, selfish, greedy, cruel, and everything else you can think of, but there is good somewhere in all of us.  Woodson so eloquently makes this point without being overly sentimental; I’m such a sucker for stories where children act with such kindness and courage.  It really does give me hope (sigh).




  1. You express my own feelings about this novel–its delicacy, its hope, and yet its infinite sadness (others feel that way?)–exactly. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 13, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

  2. For me the front runner is this category is Indian. It also captured hope, humor and innocence in the face of some awful circumstances. Junior/Arnold was so real for me. I wanted to hug him, cry with him, tell him I believed in him and hold on to hope the same way. I really like this way of measuring, and I’m interested in seeing how the other titles we read this semester hold up.

    Comment by sostrom — February 13, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

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