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Ol’ Waterworks

13 Jan

Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott made me cry, which I loved (I didn’t love being on the tube while I cried, because I didn’t want to wipe away my tears and get tube cooties, but c’est la vie).

I drank in every word of this perfectly true-to-life (but never boring) book, but admittedly, this was the part that made me cry, a scene between the dying mother Lorraine and her young son:

‘After you’re gone from sight, and can’t be seen, or be with us, will you still love me?’ Trying to get at the idea of dead without saying the word of dead.

‘Oh yes,’ Lorraine said. ‘I’ll love you forever.’

‘So will I,’ Trevor said.

I know, right? But I’m helpless against lines like this. Even thinking about Love you Forever by Robert Munsch makes me weepy (“As long as you’re living, my baby you’ll be”!!!!!).

Other instant tearjerkers include Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and the end of The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (seriously, I thought I would never get over it).

This is by no means an exhaustive list, since any death scene will pretty much do it. I’m just including ones that did the trick even when I read them for a second or third time.

Don't even get me started...


And Tango Makes Squee!

3 Oct

And Tango Makes Three

It’s the last day of Banned Books Week! (but thankfully, it’s more like, books the red states tried to ban). This is really just an excuse for me to talk about the most complained about book this year: And Tango Makes Three, which may as well be called, “Gay Penguins are Cute, Baby Penguins are Even Cuter: Based on a True Cute Story.” Homosexual zoo animals might really do some damage to a kid’s development when instead they could be watching a team of forensic scientists solve a rape/murder on prime time.

Sliding in at #2 is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. People get pretty touchy about the whole killing you-know-who thing. Apparently, Pullman enjoys his comfy spot on the Banned list. And well he should – Tango’s new bad-boy image resulted in a huge sales boost.


The Subtle Knife