This novel brought me back to my own misspent youth and the sense loneliness and frustration growing up somewhere I just didn't belong. Although I found the "highly religious town" idea to be a tired one, 'A Complicated Kindness' distinguished itself from the many coming-of-age-in-small-town-Canada stories by the clever, confused, humorous voice of the teenage protagonist, who is, at times, both sarcastic and empathetic. I highly recommend this to anyone that has had to find their own way through life when the world around them keeps telling them they are "doing it wrong".
Shaun (Staff) (Hespeler Library)
Edgy, Funny! A spot-on skewering of repressive small town life in Manitoba. Teen angst gets the literary treatment. You`ll laugh. You`ll cringe, You`ll cheer for Toews' young heroine!
Staff (Queen's Square)