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Preview — Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman
Kindness for Weakness
A fifteen-year-old boy from an abusive home desperately seeking his older brother's love and approval starts pushing drugs for him and suffers the consequences.
Shawn Goodman’s sophomore release, Kindness for Weakness, made me feel an array of emotions: hope, grief, dismay, and more. I absolutely loved Something Like Hope, so when I featured Kindness for Weakness on Waiting on Wednesday, Shawn offered to send me an ARC of it. I had requested a copy via NetGalley, and hadn’t received a response yet, so I accepted his kind offer. Regardless of how I received a copy of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to...more
James tells his story in first person, a story of poverty, isolation. He subsists in a home with a weak mother who bends to the will of her meth-head abusive boyfriend and has already lost one son because of it. Louis simply left, remaking himself as a bodybuilder and a drug dealer to gain some control. He has cut ties with his family even t...more
There are, James, and I wish you would have realized sooner that strength isn't just a bodily measure. I wish you could have been the one to rise up against the tide of hate and fear. You should have gotten that second chance.
Review of SLJ Teen:
"Kindness for Weakness follows the story of James, a teenager who has lived his whole life surrounded by a lost and broken family. With an alcoholic mother and an abusive...more
I was really rooting for this one. I loved the beginning, it's very strong and exciting. It starts with a flashback and then we learn about where it sort of began.But after awhile, James's story starts to get boring and at many times, he feels like a brick wall, only relying on books and other people to build his character up.
There are manybook references in this novel! Too many for my taste. I can deal with one or two butKindness for Weaknesshas around four book references which I found too co...more
A gem of a book. Discovered this book while growing through New YA section at my local library. The title caught my eye and I was highly surprised at how much the book grasped me. As a YA fiction fan, Its funny enough to say that I've never read a book that deals with the juvenile incarnation system and boy was happy to read such an honesty and enlightening story. I think everyone grows a lil bit rough, James was an easy retable character who has to learn what it means to be a man ins...more
Goodman, S. (2013). Kindness for weakness. New York: Delacorte Press.
Genre: Fiction (Secondary)
Award Source: Quick Pick Winner
This book is about hope, despair, grief, isolation, tug of war, change and sorrow. Some of the events that occur are a part of the stories of the life of teens today. This family goes through hard times struggles and good times too. With the help of mentors it appears as if the story is going to tu...more
James a 15-year old friendless kid with nowhere to go. He desperately wants his older brother Luis to accept him and save him from their mother who has given up, on everything and their abusive, drug abusing, alcoholic step-father. So when Luis asks for James to work for him, James readily accepts, even if it means delivering drugs. Unfortunately, Luis hasn't told James everything, so when the cops show up James panics and runs. Not fast enough...
Now he has to spend 12 months in a youth detentio...more
Kindness For Weakness is about a fifteen-year-old boy, James, who has an abusive home life and finds himself being taken to a violent juvenile detention center after naively dealing drugs for his brother. Dur...more
This book shed a shockingly real and dark light on juvie facilities and its occupants. It goes to show that boys who were given the short end of the stick in life have little to live for, and no one to show them how to turn their life around and live for something worthwhile; someth...more
First Glance:Portrait of 15 year old James' life in prison.
125 additional profanities (stronger than 'hell' & 'damn')
Underage drinking/drug use
"be prepared for a seriously eye-opening experience. Expect to be educated, and while you may feel terrible throughout the process, you will likely have a new-found appreciation for your life. After discovering what the title Kindness for Weakness means, you will...more
James is used to taking care of himself. Since his mom got together with her abusive boyfriend and his brother left, James can only find solace in his books and conversations over a cold glass of root beer with his English teacher. But when James gets into trouble helping out his brother, he finds...more
I really felt for the protagonist, James, because he had such a crappy home life. With a piece of junk mother and an even worse step-father, James prefers to walk the streets alone than spend time in the same house with them. It was so bad at home that his older...more
Basically, here's the summary of what the book is about. James (no mentioned surname), a 15-year-old boy who lives in Dunkirk - a small town in western New York. He's got no friends. Friendless. His family is not on good terms. The only person he's got is his brother, Louis - strong, tough, and all with muscles - and looks up to him like he's some kind of hero who can sa...more
As seen on The Quiet Concert
The synopsis for this book does not reveal much so I didn't really know what to expect when picking up Kindness for Weakness. I guess my love of contemporary and male POV is what really compelled me. That, and what we do get in terms of a summary hints at a serious and thought-provoking story. Whatever the reason, I am so glad I read this book because it was every bit as eye-opening as I thought it would be. Shawn Goodman told a story that neede...more
Pros : The start is so interesting. There's high tension, James (the MC) comes off as sweet and loveable, and you're going to want to know what happens next.
Cons : It's what I classify as a False Start, which is a dream, a flashback, a flash-forward, or anything like that. You know, that thing that's done to grab your attention and keep you reading when the real start isn't as intense. In this case, it's a flash-forward. The first ch...more
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I don't even know where to start with Shawn Goodman's young adult contemporary novel Kindness for Weakness. This novel is so good, that I devoured it in one sitting.
I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
Funny how I was wary of it at first--a teenager sent to prison because of his relentless need for approval from a less than stellar big brother? I honestly didn't know how this was going to...more