Who's More Sensitive?

By Michael Endelman
Updated September 12, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Singing about love, lust, and loss, Dashboard Confessional (led by emo heartthrob Chris Carrabba) appealed to enough moody teens that last month’s ”A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s album chart. But Carrabba’s earnest, diary-style lyrics recall the work of another teen favorite: Judy Blume, whose novels have guided millions of young adults through growing pains. Intrigued by the similarities between the sad-eyed, tattooed twentysomething singer and the cheery sixtysomething writer, we compiled excerpts from the songs on ”A Mark” and two of Blume’s beloved books, ”Forever” and ”Tiger Eyes.” Can you name the source?


1. ”I’m not the one who is all f — -ed up. I just don’t want any lies between us. And you think it can be the same for us…now?”

2. ”You called to say you wanted out. Well, I can’t say I blame you now…. I don’t think you’re worth a second glance.”


3. ”Don’t complicate it by hesitating. This is wonderful as loving goes. This is tailor-made, what’s the sense in waiting?”

4. ”Neither of us could wait to be alone together. And when we were naked, I wanted to do everything.”


5. ”But you can’t go back. Not ever. You have to pick up the pieces and keep moving ahead.”

6. ”Is there anything worth looking for? Worth loving for? Worth lying for?”

Answers: 1. Forever 2. ”Rapid Hope Loss” 3. ”As Lovers Go” 4. Forever 5. Tiger Eyes 6. ”Am I Missing”