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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 us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother''s funeral. Left alone to navigate a world in which 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 and toward an identity he can stand behind.

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 artist''s lofts, The Kid tells of a twenty- first-century young man''s fight to find a way toward the future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit and the deep nourishing power of love and of art, The Kid chronicles a young man about to take flight. In the intimate, terrifying, and deeply alive story of Abdul''s journey, we are witness to an artist''s birth by fire.

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“A devastating voice, demanding and raw . . . an accomplished work of art.” — THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“The breathtaking velocity and visceral power of her prose soars off the page… The Kid gives us a story and a narrative voice which, like his mother’s before him, should definitely be heard.” — THE GUARDIAN (UK)

“[P]owerful… affecting and harrowing.” — Michiko Kakutani, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“[Sapphire] remains fearlessly committed to telling uncomfortable truths… Like Push, The Kid is deeply moving and unflinching.” — ESSENCE

The Kid’s unflinching authenticity makes it tough yet ultimately rewarding to read.” — PEOPLE

"Steely-eyed, full-frontal daring."PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

About the Author

Sapphire is the author of two collections of poetry and the bestselling novel Push. The film adaption of her novel, Precious (2009), received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In 2009 she was a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

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Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2019
I am not quite sure what possessed Sapphire to follow up the somewhat promising end to Push (Precious) with this book. I work with children that have survived sexual abuse for nearly 20 years and even I was disgusted at the ongoing acts of sexual molestation in the first... See more
I am not quite sure what possessed Sapphire to follow up the somewhat promising end to Push (Precious) with this book. I work with children that have survived sexual abuse for nearly 20 years and even I was disgusted at the ongoing acts of sexual molestation in the first portion of this book. After he leaves the youth home, he is no longer molesting others but engages in relationships of convenience and acts of male prostitution with Roman and other men. It just seems Abdul/JJ''s sole existence is to act as a tool to be used for others'' sexual pleasure, like Precious. The ending is absolutely ridiculous and makes no sense (e.g. how did they verify his identity to have him released from the facility?)
The events in this book would have been better suited for Carl (Precious and Abdul''s dad). It is already established that he is a monster and had HIV. It would not be hard to imagine that he became a child molester or contracted HIV from prostituting himself for this book. Even though they both are works of fiction, Precious and Abdul deserved better than this.
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Disturbing. Sad. Powerful. Unforgettable
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019
After reading the reviews I wanted to read this book. How disturbing could it be? What could possibly be written that''s so shocking some people couldn''t read this book?? I read this book cover to cover in a matter of 6 days. Once I started, it was impossible to stop... See more
After reading the reviews I wanted to read this book. How disturbing could it be? What could possibly be written that''s so shocking some people couldn''t read this book??
I read this book cover to cover in a matter of 6 days. Once I started, it was impossible to stop wanting to know what will happen next to Abdul, the boy in the story. It covers his life from when his mom dies to going into foster care, a group home for boys, living with a pedo, his first experience with a girl and then... The end where he ended up being drugged and experimented on. It''s a sad, disturbing tale of abuse he''s endured in his life and the effects that abuse has on him. The story line is powerful. He''s just a kid. A scared, lost, lonely kid that is acting out against the abuse he''s survived.
It was really hard for me not to feel bad for this kid and hope to the very end that at some point in his story that he would catch a break and finally have some sort of normal life.
Some parts of this book were very hard to read and some were confusing going between his dreams and reality, but some of his dreams in the beginning at the foster home, were reality, that he dissociated with because of the severe trauma of being assaulted, that actually went with him into adulthood (his constipation and abuse he did to little boys in the group home).
I read the very last words and wanted more. This is a personal, intimate story of a kid and it made me want to know what will happen to him.
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Horrible!!! Can I get a refund??? (Spoiler Included)
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019
This was the most scatterbrained writing I''ve ever had to endure. I almost never give up and don''t finish reading a book, but I just couldn''t take it anymore! Half way through,I was done. It''s vulgar, full of unnecessary details about child sexual abuse, and there''s no real... See more
This was the most scatterbrained writing I''ve ever had to endure. I almost never give up and don''t finish reading a book, but I just couldn''t take it anymore! Half way through,I was done. It''s vulgar, full of unnecessary details about child sexual abuse, and there''s no real flow to it. You can''t tell if it''s the present or past being discussed at times. And the thing that disturb me most was the masturbation scene in front of his great-grandma at the kitchen table that was TOTALLY UNNECESSARY for the topic of discussion. THAT was sickening! Don''t spend your money on this nightmare on print! I wish I could get mine back! I really wish they allowed 0 star ratings because that''s all this deserves. Shame on you, Sapphire! This is just sick!
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Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2017
This book is the perfect depiction of the life of a traumatized child, socialized by negativity that led to major psychological issues that is actually seen in the foster care system today. Although some might be disgusted by the vulgarity of which it is told, I am a social... See more
This book is the perfect depiction of the life of a traumatized child, socialized by negativity that led to major psychological issues that is actually seen in the foster care system today. Although some might be disgusted by the vulgarity of which it is told, I am a social worker and can tell you this book is an in depth case file. This book is fiction, my cases are real. Thank you for raising awareness, Sapphire.
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Maurice Williams
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No Happily Ever After Here
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2012
"The Kid", Sapphire''s follow-up to "Push" is certainly no less tragic than its predecessor. The novel opens with the death of Precious and the subsequent mishandling and misuse of her kid''s life. Most of the story is so bizarre and tragic that it was difficult to... See more
"The Kid", Sapphire''s follow-up to "Push" is certainly no less tragic than its predecessor. The novel opens with the death of Precious and the subsequent mishandling and misuse of her kid''s life. Most of the story is so bizarre and tragic that it was difficult to determine how much of what Abdul encounters is real, nightmare, or something more clinical. I had a difficult time connecting with the story at first; it seemed so disjointed. However, as the novel progresses it starts to read more like the author''s condemnation of a system established to serve and protect the most vulnerable of our citizenry - poor, homeless children - and the affect that lack of protection has on Abdul.

Beginning with the traumatic loss his mother to the abuse suffered at the hands of the orphanage charged with his care, at every turn Abdul encounters adults who take advantage of his vulnerabilities. The real moment of clarity for me while reading this novel was the realization that Abdul could be - is - any number of children who find themselves at the mercy of "protective services" or a family where a multigenerational cycle of abuse has rendered them incapable of love or prosperity; instead only disdain and basic survival skills are passed on - neither of which is sufficient to nourish the soul.

Although one of the more challenging reads of the year for me I''m glad I stuck with it (and I''m glad to be done with it!) Sapphire''s style moves from first person to stream of conscious in a way that often left me wondering and confused about what was really happening throughout the story. Although put off a bit by the novel''s sexual content I realized that being a witness to the level of brutality encountered and perpetrated by Abdul is most likely an experience shared by many homeless youths; and it should be uncomfortable, enraging even. There''s a lot in "The Kid" worth discussing in a wider public forum and I do appreciate the author highlighting the plight of the Abduls of the world. It''s no easy read by I do recommend it.
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The End?
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
The book was good. It spreads awareness about parentless children put into the system and the psyche of the sexually abused person. All of these in the protagonist, who was also the antihero because of the sexual trauma he''d gone through. I was disappointed to never be able... See more
The book was good. It spreads awareness about parentless children put into the system and the psyche of the sexually abused person. All of these in the protagonist, who was also the antihero because of the sexual trauma he''d gone through. I was disappointed to never be able to know if he found who his (grand)father was, Carl. I know Precious told Abdul he died in a war. He never met Mary, his grandmother who abused his mother. There was no mention of what happened to his sister. I watched the movie (Precious) and read the book (Push). The ending was also confusing. Where did Abdul walked into? Was he free to leave the psychiatric hospital? We''ll never know unless Sapphire continues this novel to tell us what happens next for Abdul.
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Dark and dirty, intense and raw novel from the author of ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2017
Dark and dirty, intense and raw novel from the author of "Push" (inspiration for the movie "Precious"). You can tell the author has really captured the black Harlem experience of the 1980s. It''s impressive that a female author can write the male mind so... See more
Dark and dirty, intense and raw novel from the author of "Push" (inspiration for the movie "Precious"). You can tell the author has really captured the black Harlem experience of the 1980s. It''s impressive that a female author can write the male mind so well. Warning: Parts of this book are very dark and twisted... not for the feint of heart. It is the thoughts of a rough-and-tumble urban youth after all.
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The protaganist in this story daydreams a lot like his mother in the movie Precious
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2014
The Kid could be described as the work of a genius. The protaganist in this story daydreams a lot like his mother in the movie Precious. The average person might find this annoying, but it is worth the struggle. The author''s nerves to describe a young boy raping a child... See more
The Kid could be described as the work of a genius. The protaganist in this story daydreams a lot like his mother in the movie Precious. The average person might find this annoying, but it is worth the struggle. The author''s nerves to describe a young boy raping a child is somewhat repulsive but profound.
The kid is a good work for the collegiate arena. It is certainly a learning tool for the young Social Work student, Literature professional, or phycology major. The Kid could shed a bit of light into the mind of victims of heinous crimes because it explores how the mind is capable of performing having been exposed to a certain stimuli. The Kid is a wakeup call for those that sleep ; it reminds us of the effect of HIV/AIDS on the African American communities. The author doesn''t lecture about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but she briefly reminds us of the "sins of our fathers" and the damage it causes. Four generations of kids raped is what the Kid entails. Lastly, the Kid is not for those who enjoy an easy quick read. It really is a teachers tool.
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Incredible writing but a harrowing read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 17, 2021
An incredible but disturbing and distressing sequel to Push. Difficult, very harsh and challenging. Should carry a mental health warning.
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Sapphire''s world is like no other
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2013
Sapphire''s world is like no other. The book is harrowing in detail and in the sense of isolation, however I loved the reading the book and would love to read more about the characters!
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2015
A good follow up from the film precious
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J. R. Martinez
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Uhh????
Reviewed in Canada on August 25, 2014
not sure how I feel about this book. Got it because loved Push (as much as you can love a book with that subject matter) but really upset about the ending on this book. Was expecting better
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the kid is a depressing read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2013
the book did not read well it was sad and flat the language was not engaging. i did not want to finish reading it
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