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Precious: Based on the Novel Push [Paperback]

Sapphire
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Push by Sapphire 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reminder not to write off anyone as a lost cause. March 7 2000
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A TOUGH READ April 26 2010
By Buggy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Precious Jones is an angry, obese and illiterate sixteen year old girl who has suffered horrific abuse at the hands of both her parents. Now pregnant with her second child (by her father) Precious is an invisible statistic within both the education and social service systems, just one more of Harlem's casualties and a number that her school would rather advance and graduate than help. With the meeting of an extraordinary teacher Precious is finally `seen' and starts to receive the help and encouragement that she so desperately deserves. Learning not only how to read and write about her life but how to make it on her own for the first time.

At 139 pages Push was a short but tough read for me on many different levels and I found myself putting it aside more than once so I could regroup. The subject matter here is beyond shocking, at times nauseating and definitely not for the feint of heart. And unfortunately just when you think it couldn't possibly get any sadder, it does. Precious's story has also been written in the vernacular and requires some deciphering to be able to understand what she's trying to say.

Through journal entries (and some flashbacks) between Precious and her teacher, Ms Rain Precious tells us her story. Including; illegible writing (with translations) incorrect spelling and grammar, slang, swearing, alphabet recitals, poems and corrections from Ms Rain. As her reading, writing and self esteem issues improve so does the writing in the book, so that towards the end Precious is talking about GEDs and college and I'm enjoying her progress in a very real way. Despite everything Precious's spirit is very real and you can't help but cheer for her and hope for the best.

PUSH is the book that the recent academy award winning film "Precious" was based upon and although I haven't seen the movie yet, out of the two (and in a push) I would recommend the movie.
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By Mrs. Q: Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Title: Push
Author: Sapphire
Publisher: Vintage Books
Source: Personal Copy
Pages. 178

Push is an emotional, raw, and heart-breaking novel. Claireece Precious Jones lives a life that no one wants to hear about. Precious has repeatedly been molested by her father, pregnant at twelve and again at sixteen. Precious doesn't know where to turn or who to ask for help. Her mother is not the nurturing type; she's actually jealous of the attention Precious receives from Carl. She accuses Precious of stealing her husband and repeatedly beats her. Precious is aware that her life is not normal, she is aware that there are parents in this world who love their children. She is just not sure why she was given this set of parents. She wishes she weren't invisible, she wishes she wasn't fat and ugly. She wants more for herself and her children. Her mother gave her daughter to her grandmother but Precious refuses to give up her son. Eventually she enrols in an alternative school, but continues to struggle through life.

I had a hard time reading this novel; emotionally I didn't know if I could continue. At one point I put it down and felt like crying. I couldn't believe the storyline, knowing full well that this does happen in real life. Precious was so young and tried to seek help but was pushed away from everyone. The vulgar language was very raw and disturbing for me. This book throws the harsh realities of life at you. I kept reading because I was rooting for Precious, I felt so sad and angry for her. This book brings you on an emotional roller coaster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is by far the best book ever written Nov. 8 2003
Format:Paperback
The reason why I gave this book 5 stars is because the rating scale wouldn't allow me to give it a perfect 10! If you are looking for a book by an author who puts their heart and soul into their writing then look no further this is the book that you are looking for. This is a short novel, so I read it over night. Sapphire the author, who posseses a writing style so graphic that it electrifies her readers allowed my emotions to get deeply involved in this book, I felt the pain, the anguish, the rawness and the triumphs from the main character and storyteller Precious an iliterate teenager who is "precious" in her own right. She is abused by her immoral unsympathetic parents, a mother who mentally, phyically, and spiritually mistreats her and a father who has violated and deprived her of a childhood by molesting her at a young age. As the story progresses you as the reader will notice Precious striving to overcome these heinous obstacles and becomes a heroin. Reading this book was more than just entertaining it was an experience, a raw experience that I hadn't felt in a long time from any author (with the exception of Sistah Soldier). If you haven't read this novel yet Please Please PLEASE, RUN out to your nearest bookstore and purschase this book. This book will take you through emotions like no other book has done before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
The book is small and a quick read but as you read it you feel everything the main character feels
Published 12 months ago by Danica
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written... not enjoyable...
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. Soares
5.0 out of 5 stars wa wa wow!
Such a good book I gave it to my mother-in-law. A novel written like no other, with a moving story and possibly the read of the year!
Published on Feb. 26 2010 by C. Lessard
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound
From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked. The author has written and described Precious so well and with such compassion that I wanted to reach out and hug her. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2010 by Marsha Baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars Rated R
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2010 by S. Devaladares
3.0 out of 5 stars rivetting, but hard to read
Push was easy yet hard to read. I enjoyed reading through Precious's eyes and her first person narrative was well done. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2009 by T. Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just powerful!
In light of the movie coming out, I picked up the book Push. It is a quick read, 1 week or less. However, it packs a lot of punch in those few pages. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2009 by L. Alfred-Moses
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving masterpeice!
The book is told from the perspective of Precious Jones.The grammar and style of writing progresses with the growth and enlightenment of the protagonist. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2009 by Rafael Benedicto
5.0 out of 5 stars Just PUSH...
"Push" by Sapphire, is an inspiring story about Claireece Precious Jones -- better known as Precious, a girl who grew up in a unimaginably rough enviornment. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Steph B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY SAD STORY
THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD BOOK - EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ A BOOK LIKE THIS EVERY NOW AND THEN TO REMEBER WHATS GOING ON IN THE WORLD. THIS BOOK WAS VERY TOUCHING AND VERY INTERESTING. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Ms Johnson
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