I also have book moods. The genre I choose to read depends on the season and my mood. Sometimes I'm in the mood for mystery/suspense. Sometimes AA fiction. Sometimes a memoir and every once in a blue moon an informational or non-fiction book. Summers and traveling usually warrant light reading or chick lit.
So what was I thinking when I chose to pick up The Kid by Sapphire in the middle of summer? This is NOT a beach read. I cannot frolic by the pool, tan my brown skin in the sun, or chill in central air conditioning (that I just discovered is cause of my allergies) reading The Kid. It's too heavy and unsettling. Just past my 50-page mark, there was a graphic rape scene. Cannot. Handle. I put the book down, regrouped, picked it up again and kept pushing. I finally quit at page 101.
Sapphire is a great writer. I do not doubt her storytelling or disagree with her message. However, I can't get on the same line as Abdul's thoughts. Abdul is the nine-year-old Kid of the famous character from Push, Precious. Abdul is left alone in the world after his mother's passing. I don't expect his journey to be easy. But I'm not ready for his horrific, hard life. Not in the summertime. Maybe I'll pick it back up later this year.
Published: July 2011
How do you handle not-so-interesting books? Do you quit often? Have you tried reading The Kid? Share your thoughts.