Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Reviewing the Disturbing

I am really enjoying doing book reviews for Blogher Book Club, but this latest one was a little tough to stomach. How do you write a review for a book that, although you think is well written, you would never in a million years suggest a friend or family member pick up and read? That's what I have tried to do with my latest review. Give credit to an amazing author, while at the same time saying that it went too far for me. That it feels too real, too graphic and too damaging to actually be enjoyed.

If you want to read my entire review of Sapphire's 'The Kid', it is now live on Blogher! I would love to know if you agree with me, that some subjects are just too upsetting to read about and enjoy, or if you think a well written book is always worth reading and recomending.

BlogHer Book Club Reviewer


  1. I know exactly what you mean. When I was getting my National Board Certification, I had to go back and read a lot of young adult books that I had missed over the years by being in an elementary school and was really shocked and upset by some of them. So graphic about abuse! But they are powerful stories and perhaps they help some kids who are going through the same things.

  2. Sadly, I get obsessed with depressing books and your review made me want to go read it immediately. Hmmmmm...what does this say about me?? I am a little worried!