Publisher's Note:  

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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House

Kindness for Weakness

by Shawn Goodman

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Overall Review:  

Although Kindness for Weakness isn't your typical "happily ever after" story, 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 have a better understanding of a broken system and broken lives. Author Shawn Goodman has insider knowledge of New York's juvenile justice system as he worked with boys there for many years, and he did an excellent job of portraying it through these characters. The dialog, while often crude and appalling, I'm sure is very real. The characters are developed so well that you start to get emotionally involved, hoping that one of the boys will make good choices, and as a result their life will improve. Kindness for Weakness will primarily appeal to a male audience.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  Two religious exclamations; 33 mild obscenities; 39 derogatory names; 111 scatological words; 82 anatomical terms; 73 f-word derivatives.


Violence/Gore:  Many (39) brief incidents including characters joking about fighting; verbal threats; insinuation that adult character is beat by boyfriend; theoretical violence (if you do this, this will happen); characters guessing what occurred during a fight; death and fighting mentioned in a book; second hand reports of fighting and teenagers getting beat up by guards in juvenile justice center; second hand report of murder and suicide; second hand report of dog getting beat and getting in a dog fight; character mentions that he fought in a war; child kills a rooster; teenagers fighting; teenagers getting beat up by adults; character bangs head on wall until he bleeds; car crash. One extended incident of teenage characters fighting adult character which nearly results in death.


Sex/Nudity Rating: Many (31) brief incidents including character giving seductive looks and blowing kisses; thinking about kissing; character touches another's arm; character's bathrobe accidentally opens; mention of sex offenders and children molesting other children; joking about having sex; innuendo; thinking a character is sexy and that she might be pregnant; several references to someone being homosexual; second hand reports of teenage characters having sex and getting pregnant; second hand report of mentally disabled character touching his privates in public; pornography magazine mentioned.

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Child abuse, murder, stealing, juvenile justice facility system, divorce, teen pregnancy, parental abandonment (by fathers), sex offenders and molestation, war.

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Smoking and a character thinking smoking is cool; adults drinking and some frequently drunk; drug dealing; characters doing drugs and others addicted to drugs; teenagers driving drunk; character says another character could take drugs to get bigger muscles; reference to pregnant women drinking or doing drugs.

Reviewed By Jenny
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