Red Tears Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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I open the box
Inside it is softness and steel. Tissues and blades
From the Author
I wrote this book for three reasons.
Firstly, I wanted to understand more about the self-harming 'phenomenon'
myself. I have never self-harmed, and I wanted to be able to understand why
so many people were resorting to such a destructive coping method.
Secondly, I was hoping that any self-harmers who read my book would realise
that there is hope - there is a way out. It doesn't have to be this way
Thirdly, I also hoped that non self-harmers would find this book useful in
helping them talk to friends or relatives who self-harm. Teachers too,
maybe, who deal with self-harmers more and more frequently, and who often
don't have enough knowledge on the subject.
detail why I wrote Emily's story. You can also send me messages through the
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This is perhaps what makes Red Tears hit home so effectively. At the beginning Emily is stressed about her homework; a little over halfway through she is hospitalised for her self-inflicted wounds. There is a real sense that this could happen to anyone. In the first section of the book Kenrick builds from scenes of everyday life and school over ninety-odd pages of slowly mounting tension, until it becomes clear that her heroine is heading for disaster.
Emily is a memorable character, and everything she says and does is completely believable. Behind this lies not only huge amounts of research (much of it in self-injurers' support groups) but, perhaps more importantly, Kenrick's ability to write with great sympathy and humanity. She sets out to get inside the mind of someone whose behaviour would seem insane and incomprehensible to many people, and she has succeeded triumphantly.
One reviewer admitted to being "confused" by the character of Patrice, a friend of Emily's who is a domestic violence victim and also turns to self-harm for a while. I don't find this; her presence may complicate things a little but that adds depth and realism to the story. Although raising awareness of self-harm was always part of Kenrick's intention her characters come first, and she carefully avoids making them simplistic.
The ending deserves a mention. It would be easy to fall into the traps of either unrelieved despair on the one hand or an improbably tidy "happily ever after" on the other, but Kenrick avoids both. At the end her outlook - and Emily's - is realistic but hopeful, and makes a touching conclusion after the pain and desperation that came before.
Red Tears is not an easy read. The self-harm scenes are pretty explicit; necessarily so, though Kenrick is more interested in Emily's state of mind than in blood and shock tactics. She wisely warns that any self-harmers reading the novel should take responsibility for their safety. But it is a powerful experience and will be an eye-opener for many people.
There were things Emily thought or did that I remember doing as a confused, lost teenager, and at the time (and even now at nearly 20) I thought I was the only one who thought like that. Feeling inadequate, paranoid, not worthy of people's attention. Having people assume you're just fine and being too scared to ask for help, or worse, feeling like you don't deserve help; that you don't have a real problem. It was quite emotional reading her thoughts and looking back at myself, thinking exactly the same things. I wish I'd had this book five years ago.
The book has no ridiculously positive ending, it's realistic. It lets you know that you can get better, but it also highlights that you have to help *yourself*. And you have to let people in. I don't want to gush, but I really think this book is just fantastic.
Overall this is a great page-turning adventure about a self-harmer who has a complicated life, This book will guarantee to satisfy all readers and keep them reading.
Sebastian Le Maguet (12yrs)
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