Book Club - The Kid

Deborah Harkness
Alex George
Ann Napolitano
William Deresiewicz
Jessica Spotswood
Geraldine Brooks
Brené Brown
Stephanie McAfee
Sophie Morgan
Tana French
Terry McMillan
Jen Lancaster
Geneen Roth
Julie Klam
Amy Kalafa
Ally Condie
Julia Cameron
Kate Marshall & David Marshall
Sylvia Day
Edited by Stacy Morrison, Julie Ross Godar & Rita Arens
Amor Towles
Jeremy Page
Dominique Browning
Karen White
Stephen Dau
Laura Moriarty
Laura Dave
Sapphire
Kim Edwards
Jeffrey Zaslow
Claire Bidwell Smith
Seré Prince Halverson
Eleanor Brown
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Lisa Gardner
Linwood Barclay
Liane Moriarty
Gayle Forman
William D. Lassek, M.D. & Steven J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.
Vanessa Williams & Helen Williams

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The Kid

The Kid: A Stolen Childhood

As soon as you think you understand what may be going on in The Kid by Sapphire, you turn the page. And realize you know nothing. At least nothing that you can be sure about.  Read more >

Without His Mother, The Kid is Lost

The inference is that mothers hold the world together, and Abdul exemplifies that very notion. In Sapphire's The Kid, Abdul is orphaned at age nine after his mother succumbs to the HIV/AIDS virus. It was a concept he didn’t understand at the time, but from that moment forward, his life became a string of one topsy-turvy event after another until, in the end, he was the one encumbered in a hospital bed.  Read more >

The Kid: A Challenging Glimpse into a Confused Mind

I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a grown-up book. I feel like it’s been pregnancy, parenting, and potty training since I peed on the stick and saw two little lines appear. But I needed a break. I needed to read something that required brain power. I wanted to read something that would make me think. The Kid, by Sapphire seemed like a good choice.  Read more >

Readers Will Struggle With Sapphire's The Kid

I have not read Push by Sapphire, but I have seen the movie Precious on which it is based, and it was a grim, heartbreaking story but also interesting. A friend of mine read Push and said that it was very hard to get through, since Sapphire wrote it in the way that the main character, Precious, would have – with bad grammar and spelling -- and The Kid follows in that vein.  Read more >

The Kid is for Adults Only

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.”  Read more >

The Kid is not a Field of Daisies

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.  Read more >

The Kid's Truth Must Be Told

In reviewing The Kid, by Sapphire, I was at first struck by the graphic nature of her words. However, I believe her intent was to shock so as to depict the dire circumstances of her subject matter. The way in which someone like Abdul Jones regularly experiences life.  Read more >

Rebirth and Power in Sapphire's The Kid

My supervising professor during my student teaching experience used to say, de gustibus non disputandum est -- you can't argue taste. Our students could tell us they didn't like a book we assigned, and we couldn't get them to change their minds about it, but we could get them to tell us why, and that is as good a critical response as anything.  Read more >

The Kid is Not All Right

It is rare for me not to finish a book. Even when reading books I don't like, I will usually push through just to find out what happens and say I've read it. But if I hadn't been obligated to finish this book, I'd have put Sapphire's The Kid down after 50 pages and never looked back.  Read more >

The Kid: Unlike Anything I've Ever Read

This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before.  The Kid, a novel by Sapphire, was exactly the opposite of what I had expected to read.  As you begin reading this book, you find the main character Abdul, son of the now deceased Precious Jones realizing that his world will be completely different without his mother.  We first see Abdu  Read more >