Although written in a teenagers voice this book is still to gritty for anyone under 14. Even with the harsh realities, this book is highly recommended for anyone who loves real life stories and triumph over adversity.
The Book brings out every foul and secret dark facet in our society yet it enriches your soul at the same time. If Precious cans survive obesity, abouse both sexual and physical than we all can. If Precious can learn to take her life into her own hands then we all can.
A gripping tale, that will keep you wincing and turning the page at the same time. It is hard to follow in the beginning but you never really want to stop reading it too!
Several years ago, when I was still in high school and believed that although the world wasn't wholly good, it wasn't too bad either, I came across a news item of an eight-year old girl in a Middle East country, who was repeatedly raped by her father, and thus made pregnant as well. The news horrified and numbed me. Reading Pushwas, in a way, a huge reminder to me of that one incident, the one that probably stripped off the fancy glasses from my irises. I think... &nbs … more
Amazing. Brave. I'm surprised that so many people read this willingly, what with our addiction to happy endings and grandiose versions of reality. Cheers for raising awareness and telling a good story at the same time. If it disturbs readers, good. They probably needed to be disturbed
This book is excellent. I love how Sapphire tells the tale through Precious's eyes of all the torment she had to deal with such as the incest, the physical abuse and the bullying. My heart reached out to her and this story really touches all of your emotions. The book put you on an emotional roller coaster from being sad and angry for all Precious had to deal with. Then you are happy when she finally gets away from her mother and the abuse. Then she winds up with HIV/Aids and you … more
Push is the 1996 debut novel of American author Sapphire.
Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect.
That is the device deployed in the first novel by poet and singer Sapphire. "Sometimes I wish I was not alive," Precious says. "But I don't know how to die. Ain' no plug to pull out. 'N no matter how bad I feel my heart don't stop beating and my eyes open in the morning." An intense story of adversity and the mechanisms to cope with it.