Comfort

Comfort

by Carolee Dean

Only three things stand in his way: getting enough money together, convincing Cindy Blackwell to go with him, and escaping the clawlike grip of his mother.

Propelled by desire and despair, Kenny discovers the power of words and how they can change lives in ways he never dared to hope for.

He comes to realize that theres a time to stop running and take a stand.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Realistic Fiction
  • Rating: 3.69
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish Date: March 25th 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Isbn10: 0618138463
  • Isbn13: 9780618138463

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This was a quick and easy read that I picked up because I was weeding the library's teen section and was trying to decide whether I should keep it (it's about poetry!) or toss it (no one's checked it out in years). Poetry helps Kenny find the strength to face things.

Kenny is a realistic, insightful young man that you root for, and I love the idea that he learns that words have power. It follows the life of a seventeen-year-old boy named Holden Caulfield. Having just lost in a fight with his roommate, Holden decides to leave school for good and sets off on a misadventure that involves prostitutes, pimps, former teachers, nuns, an old girlfriend, and eventually his younger sister. He thinks the school is phony, and that some people are phony, etc. There arent a lot of novels in high school that young men can relate to as protagonists. I think it might be a disservice not allowing male teens to get to know Holden. I paired this book with the classic because both Holden and Kenny are escaping from something that they dont really even comprehend. Set in Comfort, Texas, Kenny fantasizes escaping from his family following the release of his father from prison. Audience Both books target a high school; audience. Each protagonist struggles with his family relationship and his relationship with girls and love. This novel would generate great discussions in class about the American family and all the dynamics that are created when a young man struggles with an abusive mother, a convict father, and the agonizing decisions about what is best for a family. Reviews: Christopher Moning (Children's Literature) Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2002 (Vol. 70, No. 4)) Claire Rosser (KLIATT Review, March 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 2)) Andrea Haas (Kutztown University Book Review, Spring 2005) Mary Annelle Baker (The ALAN Review, Fall 2002 (Vol. 30, No. 1)) Marge Wood (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 15, No. 1)) Sherry York (VOYA, April 2002 (Vol. 25, No. 1)) Ordering Information Call Number: PZ7.D3435Co 2002 Dewey Decimal: FIC ISBN: 0618138463 9780618138463 Houghton Mifflin, 230p, $15.00.

Till he hits the turning point of events in his life starting with his mom taking him away from the team forcefully making him work most his life and hours in the cafe in which his mom bought solely for the familys goals in that she believes. After all they have been through the dad wanting to be a better man but always cut off from the mom and her plans for the family ruining the hopes both kenny and his dad has.

Some of the main characters in the book are Kenny, Roy junior, mama, and daddy. Comfort tells the story of learning to realize that there are going to be obstacles standing in the way of you and your dreams but overcoming them is what makes you become capable of not letting that stop you from reaching them. All in all, the story Comfort tells it like it is.

my novel called comfort is about this boy named Kenny.Kenny's dad is just getting out of prison again.

I also felt bad for being caught in the middle of a situation where his mother seems to use him to further her own goals (having a successful restaurant and securing a record contract and singing career for her husband) that she has already made him quit the football team and is now talking about him dropping out of high school when he turns 16 so he can help her run the restaurant.

With only a few people who seem to believe in him and his mama out to tie him down: will Kenny ever fulfill his dreams and learn the power of putting his anger and disappointment on paper?

I really enjoyed this book, especially the way that Kenny's emotions were portrayed.

Ms. Dean captured the life of a youth that reminded me of Lois Lowry, Avi and Will Weaver.