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Precious: Based on the Novel Push Paperback – Jan 21 2010


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Vintage (Jan. 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780099548720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099548720
  • ASIN: 0099548720
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,025,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Literary Enthusiast on Oct. 18 2009
Format: Paperback
"Push" is a dynamic, living novel that has documented trials and tribulations secretly experienced by many families. The writing is fierce, heart-breaking and harsh, yet can be so true as it documents an ugly story.Themes of poverty, power and control, sexual exploitation, poverty, domination, racism etc. ring through the poetry and Ebonics used by the author to make the piece more realistic. The setting is stilted with bare stone buildings, shelters, schools, hospitals placed in ghetto surroundings that provide little stimulation for growth and development. The main character, Precious, shows a strong willingness to survive and overcome her deplorable circumstances with only one main supporter, her teacher, who believe in her. Getting an education will save her from the abuse and destruction of her parents, enabling her to make an effort to break the cycle of darkness and repression for her own children. The book is a masterpiece.
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By Danica on Oct. 4 2013
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The book is small and a quick read but as you read it you feel everything the main character feels
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By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 17 2013
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This book is a quick read but by no means a light one. The subject matter is dark, deeply depressing and extremely graphic. The novel is very well written. The author makes use of deliberate misspellings and grammatical errors to draw us in to the POV of an illiterate teenager.

Precious is barely a teenager and pregnant for the second time by her abusive father. Unfortunately, her story is not unique. Many children are let down by our educational and legal systems. There is no easy happy ending for Precious; no one to swoop her out of poverty and darkness. This novel deals with depressing reality and shows us to open our eyes to the plight of those who have fallen through the cracks of our social system.

This novel is worth reading. I cannot classify it as enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liesl English on March 7 2000
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This book was incredibly difficult to read due to the graphic manner in which the subject matter was relayed. But this same graphic manner made the book that much more powerful of a read.
Sapphire does a great job first having us identify the main character, Precious Jones, as other, someone separate from us, and then slowly pulling us in to get to know her. This technique allows us to recognize that someone in reality whom we identify as other can become someone we know and understand independent of our own personal situations.
Note to readers: make sure to read the poem in the beginning before and after reading Push and see how your understanding of that poem changes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Devaladares on Feb. 4 2010
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I was very surprised to find the way this novel was written. There is a lot of profanity and grafic recounts by the narrator, of scence of incest. It is also hard to follow at times because it is written as the main character, Precious Jones, would speak. As one would assume someone who could not read or write and was very under educated would tell a story. Misspelled words, bad grammer etc.

All in all, it was a decent story but very short. Only about 150 pages in length. I didn't feel satisfied when I finished it. I felt like the story could have continued for a while longer in order to have a better conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Walden on Dec 29 2009
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Push was easy yet hard to read. I enjoyed reading through Precious's eyes and her first person narrative was well done. However, the details of the abuse by the mother and father's abuse of an infant was haunting and sickening. I had to skip it. The poetry was my favourite part.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23 2002
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Warning. This not a fun book. The heroine goes through all kinds of graphic hell. After reading Push I felt like taking a bath becuse you really do wade through the mud. Push is not a great book but it does have powerful emotional punch that has stayed on my mind long after I put it down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silva on Oct. 24 2001
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"Push" had its ups and downs. Disturbing and motivating. It pretty much grabbed my attention. The estory reflected the dispair of a child who had to find her way out the hell of her existence.
I was left with a few questions. Did Precious see all at the age of sixteen? Did Abdul give Precious the strengths to overcome her miseries? Was Precious ending the pattern of abusive relationships in her family?
"Push" is unfinished. Precious is a character of power, she needed to be more explored.
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