The Kid is not a Field of Daisies

BlogHer Review

I like happy endings.

I like to know that even when the going gets tough, the people I am reading about will end up in a field of daisies, with a picnic lunch and the knowledge that what lies ahead will be full of roses and unicorns.

The Kid is not that kind of story.

Author Sapphire's follow-up novel to Push, The Kid follows the disturbing story of Abdul. She takes us on a shocking and harrowing ride that does not end up in a field of daises.

I don’t often find myself reading stories of this nature, probably because I carry the effects of horrifying and shocking stories with me for days, a bit like a horrible headache one feels after a night of imbibing just a bit too much champagne.

However, stories that make us think, feel, worry and cry are the ones that resonate long after the book is closed. I don’t remember the titles of every book I’ve read this summer, but I will never forget The Kid.

The story follows Abdul, who finds himself navigating through a sea of trouble; dark and dangerous trouble. He moves from one shocking environment to another-from abusive foster care, rape, and the church -- all the while forcing us to watch, and participate in his pain.

While Sapphire’s talent with the written word is remarkable, her courage to tackle a deeply disturbing story is even more remarkable. That kind of courage is what makes her the true heroine of this story.