Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 22, 2008

Sarah Byrnes

Filed under: Chris Crutcher/Author Study — Joyce @ 12:44 pm

gosh.

 I just finished STAYING FAT, and this is the first book I’ve read in a while that actually evoked tears.

After finishing, I’m wondering how (any) author maintains the integrity of a subject without being exploitative of content. I think Crutcher did an good job with this novel in terms of keeping it from becoming insensitive/exploiting Sarah and her situation.

 How could we use this text as a bridge in our classrooms toward discussing violence in a country where our students are being inundated with violent behavioral norms (in television, cinema, video games?) 

 Joyce

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