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The Kid

2.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,963 Ratings  ·  484 Reviews
Fifteen years after the publication of Push, one year after the Academy Award–winning film adaptation, Sapphire gives voice to Precious's son, Abdul.

In The Kid bestselling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push's unforgettable heroine, Precious.
A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings u
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 18, 2011 Les rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm not sure why Sapphire insists on writing her characters at the absolute expense of the reader's patience. I disagree with those who rated this book with one or no stars because it wasn't "hopeful" like Push. How in the WORLD can anyone think Push was hopeful? Because she learned to read and hate herself a little less? That's supposed to be hopeful? Please! It wasn't. I also think it's rather self-indulgent and a bit ridiculous to expect the protagonist of this novel to become someone who did ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 25, 2011 Karyl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a terrible, awful book. It's not the writing. Sapphire's writing is amazing. But Abdul is such a terrible, unlikeable, awful person. And being in his head is so disturbing and unsettling, and that is why this is such a terrible book.

My friend Kassie wrote a review over on BlogHer that I agree with completely. This is nothing more I can add to what she's put so well. Please visit her review here.

As Kassie put it, "[T]hese lessons don’t make for easy reads. This is not a book I would read a s
Connie  Kuntz
Aug 10, 2011 Connie Kuntz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Sapphire put me through pure reading hell and once again, it was totally worth it! If you can stand reading page after page of violence and rape and manipulation, you will be rewarded with a new understanding of the cycle of rage and rape. Maybe that doesn't sound appealing, but I promise you The Kid is an enriching read.

The Kid follows Abdul (AKA JJ) from age 9 to about 19. He is at best, an antihero, who is possessed by sexual demons and night terrors as well as a deep appreciatio
Lori Anaple
Oct 09, 2011 Lori Anaple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-lit
It amazes me that many reviewers of this book are disappointed because this work isn't uplifting, hopeful, redeeming, etc. It further astounds me that readers feel as though The Kid "rapes the memory of Push".

First, these are two separate books. Yes, there is a bond between them of Precious, but she is not a living, breathing character in The Kid. She is alive only as much as she is remembered by Abdul/JJ. This is not her story, it is her son's.

I, personally, don't find Push that uplifting. Bu
Jun 27, 2011 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, blog, dnf
This IS a DNF book, and the full length explanation of why I chose to set this one aside was originally written up for my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

The Kid by Sapphire is a novel I really should have liked. I read and reviewed Push on the blog last year (click to read my review) and while I can't say that I loved the book, I definitely understood the point and was left with an overall feeling of purpose. The Kid, however, did not leave me feeling any of that. I am not going to
Bobbie Grob
Oct 22, 2012 Bobbie Grob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the absolute worst, most nauseatingly horrific book I have ever read. I'd give it negative stars if I could. This is the story of Precious Jones' son, and while her story of abuse and her rise above it was inspiring and heart-wrenching, this was no more than a glorification of pedophilia and sexual abuse.

It is no surprise that many victims turn perpetrator when they are finally big enough to dominate others, but the protagonist seemed to revel in his abuse, take pride in what he did to o
Jul 11, 2011 Misshaq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book but overall am going to give it a very good rating. Sapphire is a writer, she takes the reader through alot of emotions as we follow the hellish life of Precious son, Abdul. At the age of nine, Precious dies from HIV and life changes forever for her son. He goes from boarding with a friend of Precious to a foster home. While in the home he suffers abuse and after an injury lands him in the hospital, he is taken to St. Ailanthus, a Catholic orphanage. There h ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Roberta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Push for a class. While I can't say I would have ever voluntarily picked it up, I lost count of how many times I looked up a passage for the paper I was writing and found myself, yet again, at the end of the book. This, however, I just didn't care for. I picked it up at the library, largely because Sapphire had created such a compelling character in Precious that I really wanted to know what happened next, seeing as how this was the sequel and all. I have to admit that it really bothered ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a long time to figure out how to review this novel, and a long time to figure out exactly what I thought of it. Make no mistakes--this is not an enjoyable book in any way, shape or form. But it is an extremely brave piece of writing, a remarkable novel, and an important story which, in my opinion, needed to be told. Sapphire took a huge risk with this one and, while The Kid has gotten largely negative reviews, I feel that this bold novel is absolutely a triumph.

For those who have read
Jun 25, 2011 Eris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am forever scarred from reading this book. I have read many books in my life, but none have caused me so much pain, anguish, and terror as this one. I loved Push because despite the horror of Precious' life, the ending was uplifting and hopeful. This, book, however provides nothing but agony and damage. Why Sapphire would choose to create a life like this for Precious' son is beyond belief. I know that I cannot be the only reader who questions Sapphire's motives for writing this book; she has ...more
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Nov 23, 2011 Linds rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who thought Precious was a light hearted romp
This is the bleakest book I've ever read. Bar none. The author doesn't just break your heart. She rips it out of your chest, stamps it with her boot, and then rubs your face in it. There's not a glimmer of hope, no hint of redemption. Just ugliness.

The book starts with Precious dying of AIDS, and Abdul taken to foster care where he is repeatedly physically and sexually abused. In graphic detail. Over and over again.

More disturbing is that Abdul himself becomes an abuser and rapist against other
Dec 18, 2011 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Kid was a book that of course, was highly advertised as an "epic follow up to Push", (the acclaimed story of "Precious" and her struggles).
I received this book as a birthday gift and eagerly tore into the pages expecting a harrowing tale of a boy left orphaned by the death of his HIV+ mother and a journey of growth and struggle escaping the ghetto life he was destined for.

Instead, this book disappointed me, disgusted me and even made me shut the pages and put the book down several times. Th
Dec 24, 2016 Kori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: kindle, 1-star, 2016

Just like his father/grandfather and his great grandfather, Abdul becomes a rapist but constantly denies he is anything but a great kid. I like that Sapphire shed a light on his great grandmother because we can see that the system failed that entire family. Here is a mini flow chart:


Tootsie Johnston - Originally from the south and was abandoned by her mother. Was raped at the age of 9/10 and gave birth to Mary. Not loving towards Mary in anyway and even tried to kill her once. Nam
Jul 23, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Just... totally unsatisfying. I loved Push and had wanted the best for Precious, but this book just took Precious's struggle and stomped it into nonexistance. Precious wanted to shield Abdul from the life she had endured, but at the end it was all for nothing. I had to slog through this book, force myself to finish because I don't like to give up on books. But this was just a wasted read. I couldn't make sense of Abdul's thoughts, tell fantasy from reality, or even bring myself to like him. This ...more
This is a hard book to review. The sexual violence in this novel is so raw and disturbing that I'd have a hard time recommending it to anyone. Stylistically, the stream of consciousness narrative - especially when the protagonist is younger, 9 and 13 - reads annoyingly gratuitous for long stretches at a time. On the other hand, the book makes such an important point about the systematic and layered vulnerability to physical and psychological violence confronting kids, especially those of a racia ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Erika marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I could not get past page 60 or so of this book. I absolutely loved Push, because it was positive despite what Precious had endured. She wanted to better herself. In The Kid, however, I did not like the main character, Abdul, from the start, although I did feel sorry for him. He is a very violent and mentally unstable person. I also thought that there were too many unnecessary violent sexual scenes. I know that the author was showing the difficulties of those in foster care, but it was just too ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Susan marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I made it only to about page 65 in this one, so no star rating from me because I don't have enough basis. Too much abuse, bad language, things that are too hard for me to read. I don't usually have a problem with bad language and can soldier on through the violent and rough parts of a book, even gravitate towards some horror, some very dark books, but this one hurt me to read. The author's book Push on which the movie Precious was based, was also an emotionally hard read, but I thought it was ex ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Clearly, one of the most disturbing stories I have ever read.
The writing was tricky to say the least, the story jumped all over and there were too many run-on thoughts for my liking.
I love agonizing stories. This delivered. But not really my style.
Feb 12, 2012 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A very thought-provoking and engaging book. But ultimately confusing and some what unsatisfying. This is a sequel to Push, Sapphire's 1996 novel which was made into the 2009 movie Precious. While you can read The Kid without having read Push, I'd do them in order. If you have not read Push, or seen Precious, this review will have spoilers.

Push ends as as the main character leaves her abusive life behind and creates a new life with her toddler son, Abdul. The Kid begins when Abdul is 9 and his mo
Bobby Simic
The sequel to Sapphire's "Push," which became the acclaimed movie "Precious," tells of what happened to Precious's son, Abdul, after her passing. Orphaned at nine, Abdul is taken from one abusive (to put it mildly) environment to the next, hardening him and distorting much of his sense of reality.

It's not a book that one enjoys, really, and it's a difficult book to review. I'm sure, sadly, there are real-life stories just like Abdul's that should be told and brought attention to, but it still fe
Melissa Turner
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Jun 21, 2011 Lynecia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aa-fiction
First off, the rating I really want to give this book is 2.5, but since Goodreads doesn't allow that, I'd say it has to be closer to 2 stars.

This novel was hard to read. Because of its stream-of-consciousness-style and because of the rough (at times PERVERTED) content. Abdul, the main character doesn't get any breaks in life. After his mother Precious finally succumbs to AIDS when he is 9 years old, he is put into foster care and every horror that kids in "the system" are known to endure, Abdul
Feb 06, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe, but this was more violent, more sickening, more bleak than it's predecessor "Push". I was horrified in the beginning and then angry and finally depressed by The Kid's story. In my work as an RN and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) I touched on the nightmare lived by children in "the system"; the abuse and neglect and torture they suffered first from blood-family and then from foster-family. Family history and individual identity become too horrific to live with. These damage ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Chivon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had so many expectations for this book because it was the sequal to Push, which I loved so much! Sapphire outdid herself with Push and brought Precious Jones into your heart and you were rooting for her and felt so bad for her... This story began with Precious's funeral. It was to be expected, but still sad and Abdul her son was destined to have a hard life by the way he came into the world.

The book was sad, it was raw, it was shocking at times, at times it was confusing. It was a very depres
Dec 24, 2013 Ashia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dumb-out-of-10
I was not disappointed that Abdul did not change his ways, but the fact that I began to think "OKAY, I GET IT sexual abuse now let's move on" was not good. To put it simply, I thought the narration was awkward and that the graphic aspects of the book were just a tad TOO MUCH. It seemed as though if someone had not been sexually abused, that they had sexually abused someone in their past. The "rape" presented in the book was thrown into the reader's face FAR too much, as I said, the intensity lev ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Ilene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ramona Lofton was born in Fort Ord, California, one of four children of an Army couple who relocated within the United States and abroad. After a disagreement concerning where the family would settle, her parents separated, with Lofton's mother "kind of abandoning them". Lofton dropped out of high school, fleeing her abusive father, and moved to San Francisco, where she attained a GED and enrolled ...more
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