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If you found 'Push' shocking, brace yourselves...
on 21 October 2011
I was vaguely aware of the film Precious when it was released, the trailers and the posters, but it wasn't until I read a review of 'The Kid' in the Guardian in September 2011 that I became aware of the author Sapphire and book 'Push'. As a result, I bought Push and read it over a couple of days and then about a fortnight later I got around to buying this book and reading it over the course of a week.
I enjoyed Push and felt a deep warmth to the central character. I was eager to start on The Kid to resume those feelings and find out more about what came of Precious and also her children.
In hindsight I should have not expected one book to lead into another with the same style of writing and the same emotions. Push was published in 1996 and The Kid in 2011, so more time had passed between books in reality than from where one book ends and the next resumes.
The Kid revolves around the life of Abdul, the second child of Precious. As Push was the narrative of Precious, The Kid is the narrative of Abdul. However this is in quite a different style to that of Precious - both in their outlook and the way they express themselves. By the time I got around to reading The Kid I had forgotten about the content of the Guardian article, so the amount of abuse I read about was a shock compared with the abuse read about in Push. Precious was on the whole a heroine. But what is Abdul? The lines between the abused and the abuser are blurred at best.
The story of Abdul is very well written and that's why I liked it as much as I do to give it four stars. It is the below and some of the gritty scenes which made the experience, for me, far from enjoyable.
As a warning: if the content of Push was found to be hard to handle then I think you should find out a bit more about this book and the abuse it covers. The language I found to be more explicit and the scenes more graphic.