Book Review: The Kryptonite Kid by Joseph Torcia

March 4, 2015

The Kryptonite Kid by Joseph Torcia is a novel consisting of letter a kid writes to Superman. I read the original edition which was not toned down as I heard was done.

  • 178 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
  • ISBN-10: 0030577985

Book Review The Kryptonite Kid by Joseph Torcia


My Rat­ing for The The Kryptonite Kid5

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The Kryptonite Kid by Joseph Torcia is a book which will stay with you for a long time. This book has many layers and can be read as a coming of age story, a tragedy or a story of faith among others.

The story of a young boy, having a difficult life, turning to Superman is engrossing, troublesome, touching and haunting all at the same time. The ending is very powerful and will stay with you for a long time.

This is obviously a YA book, it is probably more appropriate for the 14-16 crowd. I don’t think many 12 year olds would be able to comprehend the depth of the book or deal with the overall sadness one feels upon finishing it.

I highly recommend this book, it is sad and funny, rich and a quick read as well.

Jerry Chariot is a sensitive boy living in a cruel world. His parents abuse him, the nun at his Catholic school terrorizes him and he has only one friend. Jerry manages to find a god-like figure in Superman, the comic book hero. Even when he is made fun of, being challenged again and again by society and adults, Jerry keeps his faith.

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