|Plot Summary of Tenderness|
A physically developed but emotionally edgy Lori Cranston, 15, runs away from her alcoholic mother and mother's annoying boyfriends. She hitchhikes south to Wicksburg, Massachusetts, where she used to live and once encountered Eric Poole just after he had committed his third murder of a teenage girl. Poole has been in a juvenile prison the past three years for the killing of his mother and stepfather, but he is being released upon his 18th birthday.
Lori is looking for true tenderness and the deranged killer Eric seeks the odd feeling of tenderness he felt just as he was about to strangle each of the girls, for whose deaths he was never caught. Detective Lt. Jake Proctor, burdened by the unsolved killings of five teenage girls he investigated as a cop in Oregon more than 20 years before, suspects Eric of two of the unsolved Massachusetts murders, is sure the boy will kill again, and is determined to put Eric away for good. The re-acquaintance of Lori and Eric will determine the long-term destinies of all three characters.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
Lori is a 15-year old girl who often gets taken advantage of because of her fully developed body. She feels lost and sometimes leaves home. Lori sees 18-year old Eric Poole on television being released from juvenile detention, and so begins her fixation not to be satisfied until she can kiss him. Eric only kills to experience that brief moment of irrevocable tenderness before death. When the two cross paths the embark on a journey literally and emotionally until the sad surprise of an ending.
This synopsis report prepared by Leah
15-year old Lori Cranston runs away from the hopelessness of home. All she is looking for comfort and tenderness. During this time, an 18-year old named Eric Poole has been released from prison after murdering his parents. Lori remembers the one time she met Eric, and decides to cross paths with him again. In love with a murderer, Lori joins Eric on a journey that can lead to freedom or destruction.
This synopsis report prepared by Isabel
|Chapter Analysis of Tenderness|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- stalking/killing innocents
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- a teen
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- touching of anatomy
- descript. of breasts
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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