The Humanity Project

The Humanity Project

Large Print - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Relocated to the home of her resentful estranged father after surviving a high-school shooting, Linnea is unwittingly placed in charge of a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund and confides in a handyman, who is shouldering his own struggles with a painkiller-addicted parent.

Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781410462084
Branch Call Number: LP FIC THO
Characteristics: 577 p. ;,23 cm.

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sharonb122 Feb 13, 2014

I didn't care for this one as much as other Thompson's I have read. The teenage boy, Conner, I liked the best. I did not find there was much redemption in any of the characters through the "Humanity Project." The HP did not seem to do anything at all. Was that the point?

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tdmenten1
Jul 30, 2013

This is one of those novels that relies heavily on a strong ending that makes you go, "Huh, I never thought of it that way before. Cool." I was ready for it but it ended more like, "Huh. That was disappointing." While some of the characters are developed unevenly, they all drive the novel forward toward answering (or at least addressing) the question of whether or not people are basically good. The Humanity Project of the novel is not as compelling as it could be, and this is when the book starts to fall flat.

clipshie175 Jul 17, 2013

Although the characters were well-drawn, ultimately they were not involving.

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ealtreuter
Jul 08, 2013

I felt that I had read this book a dozen times before: there are a variety of mostly-irritating characters whose lives intersect, and as usual with this sort of thing, some of their stories are much more interesting than others. There are no great surprises in this book and the school-shooting trope is somewhat overdone. On the other hand, the writing itself was enjoyably precise and evocative - Jean Thompson's skills as a prose writer almost make up for the defects in characterization and plot.

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May 28, 2013

A good read. Interesting how all the characters are connected, even though they may not realize it. Reminds the reader that we are all connected somehow, like it or not...making the title more than just the name of the fictitious nonprofit.

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