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 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 >

You Really Need to Concentrate to Understand The Kid

When I was given the opportunity to read/review The Kid by Sapphire, I had high hopes for the book. I bonded with the character Precious in the movie and cheered for her success every step of the way (although I never read Push). I felt the same for her son Abdul when I was first introduced to him in The Kid.  Read more >

The Kid's World

Abdul Jones in Sapphire's The Kid haunted me.  His presence followed me into the fresh produce section of the grocery.  His specter appeared in my dreams one night.  I wondered what would happen to him, where he would go, and ultimately cheered for him.  I was pulled into his world where the understanding between reality and “dreams” gets blurred and  Read more >

An Abandoned Kid With No Redemption

The Kid by Sapphire was certainly not an easy read (I'm positive I'm not the first one to say that). By that, I don't mean content wise; I mean grammar and vocabulary wise. It's written as if you were in the head of an uneducated, 9 year old child named Abdul. He seems to grow up misunderstanding life, since he didn't have a strong support system to help him through it.  Read more >

"The Kid" Spreads His Wings to Fly

They warned me the book would be hard to read. I jumped right over their disclaimers and clicked “Sign me up!” eagerly. They weren’t kidding either. Sapphire’s The Kid, the sequel to Push (which the film Precious was based on), is a tough story. It’s not that I regret agreeing to review it. It’s just that it took me forever to read.  Read more >

The Kid is Challenging in More Ways Than One

As I began to read The Kid I had an idea of what to expect, after all I had read Push many years ago and remembered that Sapphire writes with honesty and a commitment to sharing the reality that some people live. I had braced myself for some of it to be hard to read, for the themes to be overwhelming at times and although it was, I also found myself not wanting to put it down.  Read more >

Does Survival Equal Success in The Kid?

The street I live on is secluded, tree lined and except for the occasional barking of a dog or happy squeal from a child, quiet. My suburban world is so far removed from the one so graphically depicted in Sapphire’s, The Kid, that I often found myself feeling more like an intruder rather than an invited reader, looking in on a world I had no business witnessing.  Read more >

Sapphire's The Kid: Difficult To Read, Difficult Not To

Fate -- or rather, BlogHer -- stepped in and handed me a copy of The Kid, author Sapphire's second novel, which continues a few years after Push ends. I put myself on my city library's waiting list for Push so I could read the novels in the correct order. But I made the mistake of opening The Kid and reading the first few pages. Then I couldn't put it down -- even though I really , really wanted to.  Read more >

The Kid: Graphic And Disturbing But To What End?

I appreciate powerful literature, so when the opportunity arose to read Sapphire’s latest novel, I jumped on it. The Kid explores the life of Abdul Jamal Louis Jones as he struggles after the AIDS-related death of his mother, Precious (the basis of Sapphire’s first novel Push). The reader follows The Kid* as he bounces around from foster homes, group homes and other far-less-than-ideal living situations in his journey from boy to manhood.  Read more >

I'm Glad I Didn't Give Up On The Kid

I have to admit that when I started reading The Kid, written by Sapphire, it was difficult. Not in the style, which I actually quite liked, but in the graphic details and language. I've never read a book quite like this and I think I can say with complete certainty that this is the most graphic book I've ever read. I started off strong, but after getting 100 pages into it in one night I was feeling a bit queasy before heading to bed. I decided that my best plan of action would be to read only in the daytime and to take the cover off of the book.  Read more >