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The Kid | [Sapphire]

The Kid

In The Kid, best-selling 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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, best-selling 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 21st-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.

©2011 Sapphire (P)2011 Penguin

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    Sonja red oak, TX, United States 07-30-11
    Sonja red oak, TX, United States 07-30-11
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    "The worst book ever!!!"

    This is an audio credit wasted. I am extremely disappointed. I can typically listen to a book in it's entirety even if it isn't the absolute best. I got to chapter 20 hoping it would improve. Not only is the book a difficult listen/read...the author should have allowed a pro to narrate...she was horrible. Please don't waste your credit.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jennean atlanta, GA, United States 08-23-11
    Jennean atlanta, GA, United States 08-23-11
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    "Enjoyed it"

    Its something you would have to listen to your self. This book can go either way. Its just as blunt as "push"......Indescribable

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole WASHINGTON, DC, United States 10-22-13
    Nicole WASHINGTON, DC, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WORST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What would have made The Kid better?

    A well written story with a clear plot


    What was most disappointing about Sapphire’s story?

    Not knowing if the events were really happening.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No she did the best with she was given


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE A TOTAL WASTE OF A CREDIT


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shawn phila, PA, United States 03-20-13
    shawn phila, PA, United States 03-20-13

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    What did you like best about The Kid? What did you like least?

    THE KID...OMG WAS CRAZYwe start from him at mom PRECIOUS ( from PUSH) homegoing. He was 9 years old. He was a boy from a HIV who become a strong black young mom. ABDUL was a wildchild. From house to house school( Catholic orphanage) to the street...from boy to manhood...from unspeakable violence.Abdul...was strong he never ever give up. With all the lies (or truth) that may have (*or not) have happened. Being took by men for their own selfish needs Omg was so sad. As a child that is all he learned....So n return that is what he did n return to others just trying to make it. WHAT I LOVE WAS....THE DANCE. HE LEARNED TO DANCE. I THINK THAT WAS WHAT SAVED HIM


    Would you recommend The Kid to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes n no....if u like Push than u would kinda like this book....Like me... I just wanted to know what happened to her n her child(ren)


    Have you listened to any of Sapphire’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    YES. PUSH was my first book & now THE KID...They both was the same....BOLD


    Did The Kid inspire you to do anything?

    LISTEN
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    LOOK WITHIN SOMEONE NOT JUST AT THEM


    Any additional comments?

    I WISH IT WASN'T SO LONGI UNDERSTAND WHY...BUT WOWBUT IT WAS NICE TO LEARN ABOUT THE FAMILY HISTORY THE FAMILY TREE WAS...CRAZY (THE HISTORY)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha COPPELL, TX, United States 06-09-12
    Tabitha COPPELL, TX, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Book..."
    Where does The Kid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not everyone will understand this book. Unless one has experienced abuse and poverty, this situation is probably hard to believe. However, this is a common story that most of society would rather not know about. Sadly, children like JJ have to survive and save themselves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grant Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-15-11
    Grant Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "How Can I Get My Credit Back :("

    I have read some bad books in my day, but this one was by far the worst book ever. Let's just say I gave it the old college try. I didn't even get to the second part of this book. I was really looking forward to this sequel, Maybe the movie will be better if there is one.

    Well thank god I left The Help on my Ipad because I am listening again for this 2nd time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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