Tenderness: A Novel

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Delacorte Press, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 229 pages
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Eighteen-year-old Eric has just been released from juvenile detention formurdering his mother and stepfather. Now he's looking fortenderness--tenderness he finds in caressing and killing beautiful girls.

Fifteen-year-old Lori has run away from home again. Emotionally naive butsexually precocious, she is also looking for tenderness--tenderness she findsin Eric. Will Lori and Eric be each other's salvation or destruction? Toldfrom their alternating points of view, this harrowing thriller speeds to itsfateful conclusion with an irresistible force, and a final twist that will notbe easily forgotten.

Click here to read the "Tenderness" Reader's Companion, whichincludes suggested discussion topics and an interview with Robert Cormier.

*"Cormier is in top form in this cilling portrait...a sense of 'tenderness' pervades this gripping tale."
-- "School Library Journal," starred review

"Cormier's latest is a mesmerizing plunge into the mind of a psychopathic teenkiller that is both deeply disturbing and utterly compelling."
-- "Booklist"

"A serial killer; an aging cop with a hunch; an impulsive 15-year-oldrunaway: Three familiar characters are spun by a master of suspense intoanother disturbing study in emotional dysfunction."
-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Rarely has Cormier's irony been darker...readers will stay on the edge of their seats."
-- "Publishers Weekly"

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User Review  - Mirandalg14 - LibraryThing

This opens up an interesting world of thought. First I was sad that there are people like Lori who only want someone to love them and will do just about anything to have that affection. Also crazy ... Read full review

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User Review  - beckymmoe - LibraryThing

Disturbing. Tenderness is the story of two emotionally stilted young adults: Lori, a fifteen-year-old runaway with an unhealthy fixation with finding what she calls "tenderness" and Eric, an eighteen ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Robert Cormier (pronounced kor-MEER) lived all his life in Leominster, Massachusetts, a small town in the north-central part of the state, where he grew up as part of a close, warm community of French Canadian immigrants. His wife, Connie, also from Leominster, still lives in the house where they raised their three daughters and one son–all adults now. They never saw a reason to leave. “There are lots of untold stories right here on Main Street,” Cormier once said.

A newspaper reporter and columnist for 30 years (working for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and the Fitchburg Sentinel), Cormier was often inspired by news stories. What makes his works unique is his ability to make evil behavior understandable, though, of course, still evil. ?

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