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A Kindness
Cynthia Rylant
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A Kindness

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Chip, a high school sophomore, enjoys taking charge of the daily responsibilities of running a house for his artist mother. But when Chip finds out she is going to have a baby, he is crushed. What will it do to their special relationship--and who is the father?
Mass Market Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 1st 1988)
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May 05, 2009 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Purely an "issue" book, but well-done despite that. Chip is 15 and has a reasonably happy life with his single mother. His mom's an artist, and Chip feels quite responsible for the day-to-day mundane responsibilities of life- and he's good at them. Then his mom gets pregnant and all his order comes crashing down around his ears.

Rylant's dazed, poetical style works very well here, and she does a great job of shifting viewpoints just when you think you have it all figured out. I liked it more tha
Abbey Huffines
Apr 15, 2016 Abbey Huffines rated it really liked it
The book I read was "A Kindness" by Cynthia Rylant. It's about a teenager named Chip who has only grew up with a mother named Anne. Chip always had to be the man of the house and support his mother because he knew he was the only thing his mother has. As the story goes along we find out more about their relationship and how they always pick and tease with each other. Unlike any other teenager, Chip has a girlfriend named Jeannie, who he is madly in love with, but that's not the biggest problem. ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Evonne rated it really liked it
After Reading this book I wanted to read it again. Before I couldn't find a particular book to read so , I found tis one at random. I'm so happy I chose this one. This book was so good and I felt a connection. The main character went through the same things I went through growing up. When I was younger my mom only had me and my older brother Kenny. We were all so close because my father was not around too much and now he's not around at all. In the story the mom and her son Chip get along ...more
Beth A.
This book is very short, with large text and lots of white space. It looks like it could be a middle grade or early chapter book, but this is definitely not a children's book. The subject matter is pretty mature.

Chip's single mother becomes pregnant and won't reveal who the father is. He's angry at her because she chooses not to abort the baby. Over his childhood, he has felt responsible for his mother's well being and he resents her for adding another thing that will need to be taken care of to
May 30, 2011 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I liked that the story was told from a 15 year old male perspective, being raised in a single parent home. When Chip's mother tells him she is pregnant, he goes through feelings of anger, hurt, rejection, disbelief, betrayal. The story builds on the relationship between mother and son, and is well written.
Aug 28, 2010 Ursula rated it did not like it
I read this when I was about twelve years old, and I distinctly remember thinking, "Wow, I've officially read a bad book now." It was the first terrible book I ever read, and I'll never forget it.
Apr 27, 2010 Hapzydeco rated it liked it
A mature story for teens. Storyline was well presented. Characters were not static.
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One of the first YA books I read as a new YA librarian. On the young end of YA, and lovely.
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she ...more
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