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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, 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

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.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Tabitha
  • COPPELL, TX, United States
  • 06-09-12

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennean
  • atlanta, GA, United States
  • 08-23-11

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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  • Monty
  • Chicago, IL
  • 06-06-17

This Book Made My Ears Bleed

What disappointed you about The Kid?

In a word, horrible This book was poorly written. I had trouble trying to figure out what was fantasy and reality for Abdul. Further, Sapphire couldn't settle on a voice for him. One momenr Abdul is speaking like a pre-teen and the next next like an adult....it confused the hell outta me. In trying to develop the character she kept repeating the same things and spent too much time trying to express what he was thinking. Many times these thoughts did nothing for the story. In truth the book could've been a few hours shorter

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

Only if the listener want to know the backstory for Precious' mother and grandmother.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The author read the book and did an ok job.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissapont,ent

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Terrible

Terrible on every level. Disappointing followup. Strange. I would not recommend. Skipped or did not not listen to certain part, just let it play, so that I could finish.

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  • Nicole
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 10-22-13

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • shawn
  • phila, PA, United States
  • 03-20-13

The Kid

I enjoyed this book (it be nice to b a movie)
the beginning was very heartwarming n sad
I love how he was hearing his mom voice ...which meant she was always with him
this is my second time around - the first time a few years back n now
this book has a lot of up n down n crazy omg times
but to me a so so good read
I enjoy watching him grow up lost (it was like never ending dream) in a whole he truly didn't understand n they really didn't understand him This Was His Life ~ His So Called Life

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Bitterly Dissappointed

What would have made The Kid better?

A coherent storyline and at least one tolerable character would have made the story better.

What could Sapphire have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Developed a better story that featured well rounded characters.

How could the performance have been better?

A professional performance might have made this a slightly better experience. Sapphire started out giving a solid performance, but after a couple of hours her voice often took on a droning quality. The performance and lack of inflection made it hard to even understand some parts of the story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was unbelievably dissapointed after purchasing this book.

Any additional comments?

I was excited to purchase this book because I loved Push (Prescious) so much and wanted to find out what happened to her son.

*Spoilers Coming*

The first few chapters were okay, but it felt as if Sapphire was simply trying to quickly tie up loose ends by quickly getting rid of the friends Prescious made in Push. After the beginning of the book Prescious's former friends were brought up once more as a plot device to explain away some previous events. The bulk of the story revolved around Abdul and his life in foster care, an orphanage, and on his own.

I didn't expect this story to have a happy ending, but I expected a coherent story. Abdul's story took on what I'm sure was supposed to be a dreamlike quality, unfortunately Sapphires performance turned these scenes into a droning, monotonous, hard to follow listing of events. In short, parts of the book were a complete mess.

To make matters worse, a lot of the story was unnecessarily convoluted. Characters were introduced briefly then never mentioned again making me wonder why so much time was spent on them when their presence didn't move the story along at all. Finally, the majority of the characters were appalling or not developed enough to like them one way or another. The only character I really felt something for was Abdul's great grandmother, but again her storyline was ultimately wasted.

Abdul himself was a dissapointment on many levels. Initially I felt as though his awful actions, instability, and overall horrible behavior was meant to show how abuse comes in cycles or show the results of incest. Instead, his story just seemed as though it was written for shock value and not to impart a message. He was just an utterly unlikeable character bumbling from one horrible situation to another while never facing any real consequences for his actions.

I recommend skipping this book entirely. No matter how much you enjoyed Push I guarantee that this story will dissapointment and depress you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Grant
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 09-15-11

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.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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