I flipped through the last clean-cut pages and asked myself, "How do you even begin to describe The Kid by Sapphire?" Such an innocuous title reminiscent for many of hugs, birthday presents, baseball fields or basketball courts, and the smell of Spaghetti Os. Not this kid. Not Abdul Jamal Louis Jones. Not Jamal Abdul Jones. Not J.J. nor Crazy Horse nor Abdul-Azi Ali nor Arthur. Read more >
The Kid by Sapphire is the story of Abdul, from the day of his mother’s funeral when he was nine years old, until about the age of eighteen. His story is very disturbing, frightening at times, and difficult to read for many reasons. Read more >
The Kid is too graphic, too disturbing, too upsetting. And yet, since I did pick it up and read it, and read it in its entirety, I must say that somehow, this book touched me. That it is horrifying and tragic, and yet also amazing.
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I had heard many positive reviews forPush by Sapphire which became an Oscar winning film adaptation entitled Precious. Although I had yet to read the book or watch the film, I knew it was critically acclaimed and was eager to read its successor, The Kid.
The story of The Kid begins at Precious’ funeral. Read more >
Don’t be fooled by the title of Sapphire’s latest novel, The Kid. There’s nothing childish about this follow up to her first novel Push. I’m woman enough to admit it that it took me
12 years to read Push because I was scared. I didn’t know how I would handle reading the story about Precious Jones, an illiterate, obese, black teenager pregnant by her father and abused by her mother as well. Push is a brilliant novel and emotionally challenging to read. But The Kid makes Push look like the minor leagues when it comes to the graphic scenes.
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Sapphire, author of best-selling novel Push, doesn't hold back. Even through graphic and explicit content, you see real life change in Precious Jones' (character of Push) son, Abdul, as he grows from boy to adolescent in The Kid. Read more >