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Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman

Kindness for Weakness

by Shawn Goodman

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James has little to hold on to except his love for his disintegrating family. After he's sent to a detention center for dealing drugs, he has to figure out how to survive there without transforming into something he doesn't want to be. A meditation on the construction of manhood, told by a narrator it's easy to empathize with. Much like James's feelings about [b:The Sea Wolf|43049|The Sea Wolf|Jack London|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1389481608s/43049.jpg|2062963], I felt that James's death at the end of the novel side stepped the question of whether he could retain his self-respect without fighting. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Fifteen-year-old James has a hard home life. His brother Louis moved out 2 years ago and barely talks to him, his father left when he was just 5 years old, and his mother doesn’t care whether he lives or dies as her life with her meth addict boyfriend Ron has taken all the fight out of her.

Read the rest on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/kindness-for-weakness-shawn-g... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
James starts making deliveries to help out his brother. Refusing to turn his brother in when he is caught, he is sentenced to one year in a juvenile detention facility where the guards are known for their cruelty and violence. A relative innocent in this world, he has a difficult time finding his way, until doing the right thing puts him in the way of the most violent of the guards. ( )
  lilibrarian | Oct 30, 2013 |
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“In the spirit of [Walter Dean Myers’s] Monster meeting  The Catcher in the Rye, Goodman’s masterful story will remain with the reader long after the last page, echoing the raw truth that perhaps a real man is one who is both brave and scared.” —Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray

In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive?

Shawn Goodman will capture your heart with this gritty, honest, and moving story about a boy struggling to learn about friendship, brotherhood, and manhood in a society where violence is the answer to every problem.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:11 -0400)

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.

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