Review: The Kindness Club by Courtney Sheinmel

25940526The Kindness Club by Courtney Sheinmel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Friendship, Family

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Chloe Silver has always been good at looking on the bright side. Even though her parents got divorced and she’s moved to a new town, she knows that she will make great friends at her new school. So when she is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and nerdy Theo Barnes, they have fun creating an experiment that tests out the laws of science through different acts of kindness . . . officially forming The Kindness Club.

But when she is also asked join the cool girls’ exclusive It Girls club, Chloe feels completely torn between the It Girls and The Kindness Club. Faced with the possibility of upsetting all her new friends, Chloe’s capacity for kindness is put to the test. Sometimes mistakes yield the best discoveries, and there is one hypothesis that can always be proven correct: Kindness is the coolest.


Awww. I wouldn’t say that this book is comparable to every other 4-star-rated book I read, because it doesn’t have that amount of substance exactly, but it’s so adorable and reads so well I don’t see why I have to compare it necessarily.

I would read it again, because that’s how charming it is, and that’s what counts.

Also, it explores themes I find very important for kids: family and friendship. More precisely, divorce and what a real friend consists of.

Plus it’s just such a feel-good book. Alright, so now that I think about, it is kind of really ‘‘young,’’ almost ‘‘baby-ish,’’ because of its emphasis on kindness and finding the good in a person, but it never made me roll my eyes.

And that’s a VERY important fact. As long as my eyes are behaving normally and I don’t want to kill the cheesiness out of a book, it’s all good.

The Kindness Club is definitely one that would be amazing to be part of, but what’s best about it is its members who want to do good in the world. If you’re kind to someone, won’t that person be kind in return?

That is the question the members are trying to find answer to.

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