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Push: A Novel
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 1997
This lousy book reinforces too many stereotypes about African-Americans to be considered a "good" book. The character of Clareece Jones is ridiculously ill-conceived and implausible. By burdening "Precious" with a trauma hot-line shopping list of problems, Saphire mocks these serious issues. Such gratuitous use of the AIDS virus is unforgivable. Either save your money or buy the Magnetic Poetry Kit instead.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2001
"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. 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2001
i don't know what to say about this particular book. It was a hard read, given the fact that it was written EXACTLY how the character was supposed to have been speaking, and the fact that her father was so terrible as was her mother, it made it hard to continue. However there was a certain feeling you got as you read that made you want to know the outcome of this troubled girls' life. Like i said ............kinda disturbing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 1998
PUSH was on of the most depressing pieces of trash I have ever read. The character whose name happens to be Precious, was never redeemed. Although in life, things are not all happy and gay, this character had NOTHING good happen to her. The end of the tale made it even more depressing! Sapphire could have put at least one good thing in the novel. I would not recommend this book to my enemies.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 1997
Every hot-button dysfunction is thrown into this miasma of garbage. This vile book is nothing more than The Color Purple, updated and dumbed down so that any moron can read it. Haven't we seen enough from the "'buked-and-scorned" genre? An utter waste of paper and ink.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2000
I found "Push" to be an exercise in pathos that leads to a layering of unbelievably hyperbolic situations and purple prose. The reliance on sexual language and description of sexual acts is pedantic and obnoxious. The story is written well enough for me to cheer for the focus character, but, artistically, the book is sophomoric. The style is reminiscant of an immature writer trying to gain respect through gritty language and shifts of narrative voice -- the language choices are justified given the personae of the dramatized narrator, but the voice shifts are illogical and ill conceived. Character development is simplistic. I would not recommend "Push" to anyone with a weak stomach which puts it on the level of a bad carnival ride.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2001
I think this book is like so not interesting. the book is about a girl name Claireece Precious Jonesand she gets sexually abused by her mother and father.She do not have an education and all she knows is curse words and sex. She has two kids by her dad. Her father rapes her almost every night. Her mother beats her and makes her clean ,cook, and make her do sexual things to her.Later she gets to go to a school for children like her. In that school she met a few friends and she learned how to read and wright.She discovers that she have received the aids viris and her father dies . Her second child did not recieve the aids viris . So this book is not really interesting to read because it's very sad.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 1999
I have no idea how these "depressing" morbid stories can attract readers, mostly girls, and they somehow say they can relate to the character. I hated, and I mean HATED, the way it was written, it was full of all that negro language which made it hard to understand. Yes, I understand that may have been to emphasis this girl's way of speech and upbringing, but it was way overhauled.
The whole story was just too much for me, you might as well go and buy "Go Ask Alice" or "Crosses".
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2001
maybe i missed something but this book had no point. and i can't see how this could educate or inform anyone
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