Book Reviews of A Complicated Kindness

A Complicated Kindness
A Complicated Kindness
Author: Miriam Toews
ISBN-13: 9781582433226
ISBN-10: 1582433224
Publication Date: 9/6/2005
Pages: 253
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
I dunno if I liked this or not. The story was pretty good, but it was... well... complicated. I felt like I needed a road map to follow the story, it felt disjointed, like it was everywhere all at once. I didn't like that it didn't let you in on parts that would have helped the story along until the last quarter of the book. A very unsatisfying read.
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Helpful Score: 1
First off, this is nothing like I thought it would be! It's about a teenage girl living in a Mennonite society in Canada, so I presumed the community would be like the Mennonites I'm familiar with here in Michigan. NO WAY! The main character smokes, drinks, swears, does crazy things like typical teenagers do. I don't know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't anything like this. Basically the story revolves around her teenage angst and her relationships (or lack thereof) with her dad and boyfriend and a couple of other people. A very strange book, I don't know if I'd necessarily recommend it but I wouldn't say it was bad either.
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Helpful Score: 1
Written by a Canadian author, it is a story of a young girl growing up in a Mennonite community in Canada. Her family is torn apart by shunning. An interesting, yet sad read.
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Hilarious! I don't recall when I have laughed so hard at a book.
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Winner of the Governor General's Literary Medal for the Arts; this is a lovely coming-of-age novel.
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The book speaks with the authentic voice of teenager in a small Mennonite community in Canada. Struggling with loss of family and faith, trying to find a way in the world, it is sad and funny. Weirdly appealling and insightful even in the midst of heartbreaking moments. It stays with you long after the last page.
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Very good read...it did remind me a bit of "Catcher In The Rye", except I liked this book better!