This is not an easy book to read. Much like her previous book Push (the basis for the movie Precious) it is graphic. The Kid picks up not quite where Push ends with Precious dying of complications from AIDS. Abdul her son is nine. With no other family in sight he is introduced into the foster care system. From here on in Abdul is both victim and perpetrator of horrible acts of violence. He is both victim of rape and rapist. His voice is at once wizened and juvenile. The book is jarring as it moves back and forth in time revealing his past piecemeal. Many of his recollections are in dream format and one is left wondering what is dream and what is reality.
In the end, I felt that this was a book that needs to be reread. Trying to follow Abdul’s voice and scattered thoughts was difficult. Perhaps that was the author’s intent. To have us see life through his scattered and often conflicted eyes.