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Kate and the Kid
Author: Anne Rothman-Hicks & Kenneth Hicks
Genre: Fiction, Parenting
Release: June 7, 2013
Publisher: Wings ePress
The girl sat still for a few seconds. Kate could hear the sound of the fruit juice being drained through the straw, and the girl’s chest heaved once inside the curl of Kate’s arm. Then, quick as a young frisky cub, she spun and threw her arms around Kate’s neck. Tears were streaming down her cheeks and her face was contorted with the effort not to cry. She nuzzled awkwardly against Kate and kissed her over and over with little pecks that covered her forehead and eyes and chin.
“I love you, Katy,” she said in her high-pitched voice. “I love you so much.”
Kate and the Kid by Anne Rothman-Hicks & Kenneth Hicks
Kate just lost her job when the publishing company she worked for closed down. She really wants to be alone after the day she's had but Roger insists she accompany him to a party. Not being in the best mood, she drinks too much, embarrasses herself and Roger and breaks up with him mid car trip which leaves her without the keys to her apartment. Stuck outside the apartment, she randomly presses buzzers hoping someone will let her in and notices a little girl in the hallway that she hopes will let her in. This is her second glimpse of Jenny.
Kate learns that another woman in her apartment is taking care of Jenny after her mother "needed a break" for a little while. After her friend asks Kate to watch Jenny when the baby sitter cancells, Kate starts to get to know Jenny and wonder about her life and is dismayed when Jenny's father shows up to take her because she recognizes him as a drug dealer she's seen in the park. Even after their short time together, Kate feels a connection with her and can't stop thinking about her. After Jenny's father nearly overdoses, Jenny ends up back with Kate's friend and their friendship continues to grow.
Kate and the Kid isn't the typical story I read but since I've enjoyed the authors' books in the past, I wanted to read this as well. This is a story that really drew me in. It spoke to me in ways that really made me think about child abuse, drug addiction and our foster care system. It's a story that needed to be told and one that I really hope many people will read.