Apr 072010
Authors: Savannah King

Dudes, there’s nothing more adorable than when you cry.

You know, when it’s for legitimate reasons –– like bones sticking out of your arms, or when someone dies. Otherwise, it’s just weird.

But we also give you special dispensation for tear-jerking movies and books, because let’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 it’s time for a little bawling, or you just need a girl to find you “awww” worthy, try picking up “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls.

Not only is it an overlooked classic, so you’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 man’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 ol’ 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 “Where the Red Fern Grows.”

The descriptions Rawls gives of the touching scenes and Billy’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 –– everyone can relate to his coming of age, and that unconditional love everyone has felt for someone in their life.

“Where the Red Fern Grows” is a timeless story for all ages and gender (girls, you’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 didn’t make you read it, I’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 verve@collegian.com.

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