The Humanity Project by Jean Thompson

15808860I received an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In this story, a girl called Linnea is struggling to adjust to new family life after her mother remarried. She gets on okay with her stepfather and her half-brother, but not her stepsister (her stepfather’s daughter from his previous marriage). The stepsister is mean and picks on her, but one day there is a shooting at the school in which the stepsister and her friend was killed. Linnea survived and she finds it difficult to overcome the events of that day, on top of that her stepfather “blames” her for surviving. Her mother sends her away to her father’s, because she doesn’t know what to do with Linnea… in essence, choosing her husband over her own daughter.  Linnea’s dad, called Art, doesn’t know what to do with her either. He finds it hard to establish a relationship with her, and she in turn does not listen to him, because who is he to tell her what to do when he has been absent in her life until now?

She makes friends with a boy called Connor who in turn struggles with his father Sean, who after an accident was left crippled. He finds it difficult to walk, and develops an addiction to pain killers. He got into an accident after he met a lady online and went on a date with her. He drove home with her, but she wrecked the (stolen) car and then disappeared.  Connor had to leave school and is now working for a rich old lady, Mrs Foster, to care for his dad.

Christie is Art’s next door neighbour and she is a nurse, who sometimes does homecare for older patients, one of them being Mrs Foster. Mrs Foster one day request her to help out with a new charity fund that she is starting called “The Humanity Project”, where she wants to pay people to be good!

As you can tell, this book covers a range of topics from teen anger, lies, bad parenting, drug addiction, bad decisions, resentment and neglect.  This book was an easy read for me; however I found it difficult to connect with any of the characters. The one event that I found interesting and wanted to know more about is the school shooting. It was mentioned a lot in the book, but never what happened and how it happened until the end.  Linnea acted out a lot, but it would have been nice to read more about her emotions,  I felt I would have connected with the character more.  All the characters in the book, even though their stories are separate, were connected in some way.

Have you read the book? If so, what did you think?

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  • Great review, Melinda!

  • jan

    A fair and honest review! My granddaughter would probably love this book. She has her moments of being impossible to connect to.

  • I always find it difficult when there is a lot happening which makes you wait for emotional reactions and the emotions are left out a bit. It indeed makes it harder to connect to someone. Great review!

    • Exactly!

      Thanks, Ciska. You moving your blog to WordPress now? 🙂

  • Interesting. I have this book from NetGalley, too, but haven’t read it yet. I’ll move it up on my list, I think. It sounds like a good book, even if you had some issues with it.

    • I hope you enjoy it, Rebecca!

  • I agree with your review. I went back and read my own review and thought the characters were remarkable but not all that likable.

    • Indeed. I will go browse for your review, Mary.

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    I’ve been hearing a bit about this around and I’m super curious about it. Lovely review!

  • Hmm…sounds like a good premise, but maybe some more character development was needed! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

    • You’re welcome Lindsey.

  • shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    That seems to be a lot of tragedy crammed into one book!

    • Yeah, I know. I did feel sad for him.

  • From the first part of your review, I could definitely see that Linnea was acting out & needed help and support from her mom but it such a pity that her mom couldn’t be there for her. It is also a pity that the author does not go to much into the emotions of Linnea as you saying as well as the events of the shooting… Thanks for your review 🙂

    • Yes I think that’s what I was reading towards! I think I would have rated this one higher, if all my questions were answered.