The Kid is for Adults Only

BlogHer Review

While reading The Kid by Sapphire, I was continually reminded of the caveat associated with the BlogHer Book Club -- “Like your English teacher, we don't consider ‘I didn't like it’ a good enough reason to not finish the book.”

It wasn’t that I didn’t like The Kid -- in some ways, I loved the book -- but it was such a hard story in which to immerse yourself. As the reader, you get hints of the person Abdul could be, if life hadn’t done its best to smash him to bits. Readers are taken along as Abdul is thrust into the world at the age of nine after the death of his mother. The world, in all of its cruelty, is waiting for Abdul. Beatings, sodomy, prostitution, theft and glimpses of more -- Abdul becomes a character for whom you can feel sympathy, but who you cannot like or forgive.

Well, I couldn’t.

The book itself is brilliant. The story pulls you in and you ache to find out if redemption waits for Abdul after all the wrong that has been done to him. Even though the subject matter was often repulsive, the pages needed to be turned because surely Abdul would triumph over all that had been done to him and all that he had done. Surely there would be a -- well, not a happy ending, but at least a resolution. An apology. A peace. Instead, another injustice was done and there were no more pages to turn.

I didn’t like it. And I loved it. Would I recommend this book to a friend? I think it depends on the friend. This isn’t a book that everyone could read, but it’s one that takes you into another world. Abdul’s world.

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