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The Tear Collector Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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About the Author
PATRICK JONES received lifetime achievement awards from both the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association for his work motivating young people to read. He is also the author of many teen novels, including The Tear Collector, Stolen Car, and Things Change. Patrick was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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She's the perfect shoulder to cry on, the one people can turn to in crises. She volunteers at hospitals to be there for hurting family members. She devotes her time to her high school peer counseling program, which she also co-founded. She takes your sorrow and dries your tears with her handkerchief, encouraging you to let your tears come freely. She knows how you feel. Or does she?
"The Tear Collector" is a spin on the vampire myth. Instead of surviving off blood, the narrator, Cassandra Gray, lives off the pain of humans. She absorbs this through tears and, using her great-grandmother Veronica's special handkerchief, can gain strength for herself and her ailing family matriarch. It's a repetitive business: Cassandra has the reputation for being a heartbreaker at school, but also as a girl with a huge heart who cares about everyone. She has been trained since birth to do what it right for the sake of her family. She must collect energy for her great-grandmother. She must procreate and make sure the line continues. It's a duty she does with a few doubts, but those doubts grow when she finds herself attracted to--and possibly falling in love with--a boy from her class.
The writing style reminds of R.L. Stine's wonderful "Fear Street" series. No frills, just sparse language and clear descriptions of the way people look and act, which, for me, makes the story easy to read and get in to. We get to see how lying is so easy for her if she can get those coveted tears eventually. We also see the family life, if I can even call it that, which rules how she lives.Read more ›
Cassandra was someone who I found extremely hard to like and sympathize with, which is odd for me because I can usually find the good in almost anyone I read about. Though, Cassandra felt like a complete alien to me, but I guess that kind of makes sense since she wasn't exactly human. Since not only was she an odd girl, but I hated how for 95% of the book she used people to her own benefit, pretending to be their friend so that she could get to their sadness in life, and in turn fed of the one thing she craved the most: tears. I get that was something she had to do in order to live, but the way in which she never truly cared about most of the people she fed off of bothered me. With saying that I did like the supporting characters, though, such as Robyn, Samantha, and Scott. All three where ones that I not only liked, but could feel sadness towards with the sad, lonely lives they were given.
As mentioned above, I did find the premise to be intriguing. I mean vampires feeding off tears instead of blood? I can't say I've heard that one before. Though while the book had an interesting feel to it that made it an easy read, at times the plot was predictable and the dialogue lacked emotion and feelings instead coming out in a clichéd type of way. With saying that I could still see promise in Mr.Read more ›
You know, I thought this was going to be a good book since it has such a solid premise. I liked the idea of not living off of only EMOTIONS but the tears themselves. How does one go about collecting them? I wondered, so I had to buy this one. The Tear Collector was disappointing because it could have been so much better. The secondary characters were pretty awful. White boys who want to be gangsters, bitchy cheerleaders, and the sweet religious love interest. Alright, the sweet religious love interest wasn't too bad, but he was just too good. The bad guy isn't introduced for a while, he's mentioned but not an obvious bad guy until the end. Cassandra is almost impossible to connect with. I felt pretty bad that her family is so awful, but the emotional changes she goes through aren't that surprising.
The writing didn't pull me in, and I can only hope that his other books are better because he obviously has great ideas. Or maybe it was just me and I had trouble connecting with his voice. I'll have to check out his other book Chasing Tail Lights which has been on my list of want to reads for a while.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have all of Patrick Jones's books. Great writer with good stories relevant to our students. Our students enjoy reading his books and he has been kind enough to come and speak... Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Cassy Stevens
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a big change of story, compared to the normal book and I must say I was puzzled as to what the story behind it would be... Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by StarShadow
I absolutely loved the premise of the book. I was looking forward to some great hurt/comfort in this book, an angsty crying boy, and the girl absorbing his tears and comforting... Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by SirenPrincess
I was excited when I first heard about this book, such a twist on a specific genre that has been essentially the same over time with only minor changes. Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by Sherry Reads
I was really looking forward to `The Tear Collector'. It is a pretty good book, but has some serious flaws. Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by StarReviewer
I really enjoyed reading this book. The vampire novels that are written now a days express the stereotypical blood sucking vampires. Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by Bookworm
Vampires, zombies, and werewolves seem to be dominating young adult literature, but Patrick Jones has created another life form with enough similarities to make it popular, but... Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by TeensReadToo
I was pretty excited about getting a copy of this book for review. It's a whole new world that I've never read before. Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer