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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
I thin ...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
When his brother uses him for the illegal delivery of drugs, he is arre ...more
It follows the story of James, whose home life is beyond desperate, his big brother Louis who deals and blows him off, his mother who is a shadow of her former self after his ...more
I have worked in juvenile placement for a long time. This book is totally true. This story follows a boy who has a broken home and no one to look up to. His brother is a big time drug dealer and sends him to be his mule. He of course get arrested and now has to spend the next year in placement
This story then shows a innocent boy learning to be a man in placement. He is faced with tons of new life choices. IS there anyone he can trust? the only thing that ...more
Goodman, S. (2013). Kindness for weakness. New York: Delacorte Press.
Genre: Fiction (Secondary)
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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