Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 73
The Chocolate War has been characterized as the most uncompromising novel ever written for young adults, but Tenderness challenges that distinction. Tenderness is the account of the dissolute life of a teenaged girl and the murderous trail of a despicable serial killer. The novel is a scathing view of how America's legal system treats young criminals, as well as how society seems to aid, sometimes even admire, the most vile and evil people.