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
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: Challenging and Disconcerting, but Informative

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 Is Not Alright

How do I put this nicely? If Sapphire's goal in writing The Kid was to write something that was hard to read, she accomplished that, in more ways than one.  Read more >

The Kid and "The System"

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 >

Sapphire's The Kid: Heartbreaking, Amazing and Impossible to Recommend

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.  Read more >

The Kid Captivated Me

Saphhire's newest book, The Kid, a sequel to Push, captivated me from the start. Although there were times when it was difficult to read, I found it hard to put down.  Read more >

The Kid: A Graphic and Painful Look Into a Young Man's Life

Reading The Kid emotionally exhausting.  Read more >

The Kid's Dark Transformation

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 >

If You Think Push was a Tough Read, Brace Yourself for The Kid

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.  Read more >

The Kid: Shaken like a Kaleidoscope [SPOILERS]

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 >

The Kid is More Nkondi Than Story

This is not a book for the faint of heart or the easily disturbed. It's as though Sapphire opened a page, and bled out generations of oppression, abuse, and pain. The Kid is not so much a story but an experience. One that borders on the nightmarish. The story is of Abdul, the son of Precious (from the previous story, Push). After the death of his mother, he's moved to a foster home, then a Catholic home for boys, and on and on. Everywhere he goes he's surrounded by the most degrading people and situations.  Read more >