Dudes, thereâ€™s nothing more adorable than when you cry.
You know, when itâ€™s for legitimate reasons â€“â€“ like bones sticking out of your arms, or when someone dies. Otherwise, itâ€™s just weird.
But we also give you special dispensation for tear-jerking movies and books, because letâ€™s face it, it gets a little old being the only ones who get all misty eyed during them.
Once in a while, we like to see you feel.
So the next time you good sirs decide itâ€™s time for a little bawling, or you just need a girl to find you â€œawwwâ€ worthy, try picking up â€œWhere the Red Fern Growsâ€ by Wilson Rawls.
Not only is it an overlooked classic, so youâ€™ll look awesomely intellectual, it also may be the only book I can guarantee would make the most macho, testosterone-hyped man sob like a little girl.
Not to mention it has puppies on the front cover.
The entire novel itself is an old manâ€™s flashback to his adolescent life in the Ozark Mountains. As a youngster, the man, who was called Billy, held getting himself a pair of hunting dogs as his biggest life goal.
Basically, Billy puts in some good olâ€™ fashioned hard work and determination, gets his dogs, Little Ann and Old Dan, and turns them into the best raccoon hunters in the region.
It might be hard to find a book more rooted in emotion and experiences than â€œWhere the Red Fern Grows.â€
The descriptions Rawls gives of the touching scenes and Billyâ€™s love for his dogs are done from the point of view of a down-to-earth child, who makes them as simple and universal as possible.
This novel puts the reader right into the shoes of Billy and his dogs â€“â€“ everyone can relate to his coming of age, and that unconditional love everyone has felt for someone in their life.
â€œWhere the Red Fern Growsâ€ is a timeless story for all ages and gender (girls, youâ€™ll enjoy crying at it too), that will never go out of style and should be more widely advocated as one of the all-American classics.
Since your high school didnâ€™t make you read it, Iâ€™m telling you to.
Book reviewer Savannah King totally has a couple copies of this book if you would like to borrow one. She can be reached at email@example.com.