The Kid

The Kid

by Sapphire


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From the bestselling author of Push, a story of survival and awakening—and one young man’s remarkable strength

The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire’s unforgettable heroine, Precious. Left alone by his mother’s death to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday, from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artists’ lofts, The Kid is a soaring tale of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143121206
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 583,874
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

SAPPHIRE is the author of two collections of poetry and the bestselling novel Push. The film adaptation of her novel, Precious, received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. She lives in New York City.

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People Magazine

In this sequel to Sapphire's '96 book Push, which became the film Precious, the Kid is 9-year-old Abdul Jones, whose mother, Precious, dies from AIDS in the opening pages. Despite a childhood of harrowing abuse, Abdul manages to nurture a talent for dance. But while he yearns for connection, his universe also brims with fantasy and fury. The Kid's unflinching authenticity makes it tough yet ultimately rewarding to read.

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The Kid 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Wyatts_Gma More than 1 year ago
This was a very hard read in the way it was written, and the subject matter. It needs to come with an advisory warning on the cover. I understand the need for getting a story like this out there because of it's content, but it's way too graphic for the average reader. It was not written in a way that was easy to follow either. This was recommended on Good Morning America, so I had no idea it would be this bad. It started out easier to follow and then jumped around quite a bit. It leaves unanswered questions after you have finished the book. If I could give no stars, I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not surprised how many readers said they didn't enjoy reading this book. The Kid is not the kind of book you enjoy reading, the same way I didn't enjoy reading Dave Pelzer's A Child Called "It" (a MUST read). It reads almost like a memoir, so in a sense you are reading about someone's life, their journey; someone's story isn't always pretty, most of the time it's downright horrific and disturbing, hence the life of Abdul Jamal Louis Jones. This book is truly disturbing to read but to read it is to be informed and provoke thought, to teach you about the value of life, love and a connection to what makes us human; especially when it involves the life of a child. It begs the eternal question of nature vs. nurture. I think Sapphire wrote Abdul's story in complete opposition to his mother Precious. Mother and son had horrific, traumatic childhoods yet Precious was able to rise above her situation, try to educate and work herself out of poverty, raise two children as a teenage mother, a network of friends for support and with AIDS no less. She persevered, let education save her, pursued it, devoured it and passed what she could to Abdul. In turn he couldn't do the same; once equipped with a love of knowledge he abandons it, unable to save himself even with the gift of dance, a great-grandmother, a social worker and a girlfriend he allows himself to trust no one and continues to let people abuse him and in turn abuses others. Abdul is an angry soul and he had reason to be. With the death of his mother he lost his identity and was angry about it. He was angry his life wasn't better, why he had to suffer. Abdul victimized others the way he felt he was a vicitm and he let his few opportunities slip by without recognizing he could have saved his own life. It is hard to feel anything for this man-child character. He has few, and I do mean few, redeeming qualities. What can one expect from Abdul when he learns early that survival, comfort, kindness and love is violent and predatory? On the other hand his mother was taught the same lesson and was the complete opposite, full of love, a yearning for a richer, fuller life and the ability to become better. Fascinating.
Cherise926 More than 1 year ago
Is he dreaming, is he asleep, is he awake? These are the questions that I have to ask myself after every paragraph. There was no beginning, middle or end. It all muddled together to create a complete mess titled "The Kid". Which by the way "A Kid" could have written a better story. I can deal with graphic if there's point to be made. Unfortunately, the point is there isn't one and this book is pointless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not read Push so was not familiar with the author's writing style and structure, but I saw the movie Prescious and was eager to read the continuing story. I think the book was confusing, especially toward the end when I couldn't tell what was real or what was dreamed. I was disappointed that so much detail was written about the dance project but we never found out how it was received by the audience. Similarly, so much detail was written about The Kid's life but the ending was not descriptive at all, leaving the reader to determine what happened. It seemed like the last chapter was missing. I also wonder how a book like this with extensive raw and graphic sex involving children is not considered pornography. I'm not sure if I'm glad I read this book or not, but I'm certain I won't recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't yet read the book. Believe or not, the amount of negative reviews make me want to read it more. Push wasn't loved when it first hit, infact I only read the book because I had to for class in 2002. The content is hard to intake, I am not expect this book to be any lighter. Also, most have seem to forgotten this kid has DS cause he is the product of insest. He is a son of father and daughter. I don't remember if he is HIV positive. As for the daydreams, Presious did it too. It could be something herditary or possibly a mild form of Autisim. I mean, Sapphire isn't about white picket house families or lucky, rich, spoiled and wealty gang banging families that dealt and hustled their way to sliver spoons...without damages until suddenly. I digress. This is real life for some, and people know kinds like this or saw this at sometime. I get the flipping of the editing too. The general understand about DS, is the kids have damage to the side of the brain that deals with motor skills, social and emotional development more than congnivite thought. Meaning they can have integellent capiblities but are unable to make an outlet (especially a healthy one) to be understood. So in his head it can be a Shakespear but outward he is Jeffery Darmer, sadly cause that is all he can get out of himself. This is just a carather and I'm looking foward to him being intresting.
Alexandria Morgan More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book after reading Push. I didnt understand why it was written in such a confusing manner. The only good part is when the grandmother had the floor and told her story, but i was thrown off by Abdul ejaculating in the middle of her dialogue. I wasnt even disgusted by his sexual acts, unfortunately i was disgusted more by her writting style.
Kimmie_H More than 1 year ago
I could not finish this book at all. I really wanted to enjoy it but I couldn't. It was very disturbing and just disgusting. I have a hard time w/ thinking a kid can do the things Abdul was doing but I know stuff like this happens everyday in the world but reading it is totally differet. After I stopped reading it, I looked at other reviews of this book and some people either loved it or totally hated it. If you have a strong stomach maybe you'll like this book. I was hoping on this book being....I don't know...more about how Precious turn out and how her life w/ her son would be but my was just too much for me.
eveready04 More than 1 year ago
I read Push and despite it also being a difficult read, it made sense throughout the story. In this book, the different sections were poorly transitioned and the end did not clarify more about how he got where he was. It seems to just go on and on with no real plot. Extremely disappointed. Maybe next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. From the way we get into Abdul's mind to the way the story unfolds, this is definitely a great follow-up to Sapphire's novel, Push.
goldiebear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so excited for this book. I hate to say I was disappointed, but I was, slightly. I was so excited because I absolutely LOVED Push. (I still do!) It is one of my favorite books. I was even more excited when I heard Sapphire was coming to Minneapolis. I made the mistake of not finishing the book before I went to hear her speak. She was AMAZING, but it kind of ruined the rest of the book for me. I had read about 3/4 of the book and after I heard her speak I didn't really have any desire to finish reading it. She gave away the ending and that was that for me. J.J. was a strange character to me. I don't think I really liked him. I wasn't really rooting for him. He wasn't a nice guy -- he was messed up and proceeded to mess up other people. I was also so sad that Precious was killed off in the first page! I loved her so much from Push and I wanted her to succeed. Yes, this book had it's redeeming qualities, but I did not nearly enjoy it as much as Push.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ummmm. I really hate to give negative reviews especially if I enjoyed other works by the author. This novel however, I really had to drive myself to finish. Most of the novel had me completely lost and read like a tweaker sitting down with someone trying to tell a story. The ONLY character that I liked was Toosie. I was sympathetic towards the story and felt deeply towards the issues and what the author was trying to say but was so confused that it made me bitter. I WANTED to understand but just couldn't because of all the disjointed rambling. I really liked Push but this....WTF???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What kind of gigantic ego do you have to have to use a single name to author a book as bad as this one?
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i thought this would be better then the frist but it BIT DRAWN OUT. I lost interest and find myself having to leave it and come back when i cannot find something better to read. a real let down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very dark and too much child sex abuse for one book. It was written well, but the content was too much.
honeybeeBY More than 1 year ago
Very confusing as writer was all over the place. I did not enjoy reading this book. Don't waste your money, borrow or get it from a library. Would not recommend...
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peacelikethat More than 1 year ago
After all the things people say about this that and the other being to graphic, I thought this book was mindblowing. It was so raw. I actually began to root for Abdul by the end, I wanted him to win. Nobody said this was just a pleasure read, it does make you think and wonder a little but anyway i thought this book despite everything was VERY good!
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Its to confusing it skips years one minute hes dreaming the next minute hes talking to his mom