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Push Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 11, 1996
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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.
Precious is now a major motion picture based on the novel Push by Sapphire, starring Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz. Enjoy these images from the film, and click the thumbnails to see larger images.
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When a school administrator finds out that she is pregnant again - they quickly try to find another source of education for her. She is sent to alternative school. It is in this new school where Precious meets her new teacher, Ms. Rain. Ms. Rain is the first teacher who has ever taken the time to understand and really help Precious - along with some of her classmates. For the first time in her life, Precious feels like she belongs somewhere. She connects with her classmates, but especially with her teacher. Here she experiences the kindness of others, something completely foreign to her. She also comes to realize that she is not alone.
To be honest, I had never heard of this novel before I began to hear of the movie "Precious". I like to read the novel before I watch the movie, so when I began to read all the reviews on Precious I quickly ran out and purchased a copy of Push.
I really didn't know what to expect - but to be quite frank, I was really taken in by this novel. I did find it a little disturbing to read - here's a sample of how most of the book read:
" I was left back when I was twelve because I had a baby for my fahver. That was in 1983. I was out of school for a year. This is gonna be my second baby. My daughter got down sinder. She's retarded. I had got left back in the second grade too, when I was seven, cause I couldn't read (and I still peed on myself). I should be in the twelf' grade so I can gone 'n graduate. But I'm not. I'm in the ninfe grade".Read more ›
The thing that bothered me the most about Precious' struggle was her illiteracy because I know that it is very difficult to amount to anything if one is illiterate. And so, The first hurdle that Precious began to overcome was illiteracy (Sapphire is telling you something). She could not read at all prior to enrollment at an alternative school. At that school she met people that were kind to her and genuinely loved her for the first time in her life. By the end of the story Precious overcame her mother, illiteracy, and even her father. With her potential, it seems reasonable that even her economic situation may improve. It is encouraging to know that even someone such as Precious, who endured so much, can find a measure of closure and achievement. I thoroughly enjoyed the ending, it did not disappoint me. I recommend that you read Push as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this novel to teach to my AP literature class. Though it has many difficult themes, I found it to be perfect for what I was trying to teach. Read morePublished 4 days ago by kellie
Trouble seems to build in Precious Jones' life in never ending waves. Illiterate and pregnant with a second child by her father, Precious is expelled from public school when she... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zip Reference
An absolutely amazing novel. The writing talent of this author is impressive and inspiring. That being said, not a book for everyone, as in only for those who can stomach such... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Jones
You can't get more raw and real than this. This book will rip your heart out, make you uncomfortable, but it'll never bore you or make you want to close it.Published 3 months ago by Cleondra Ortega
Push is the story about a young girl named Clarieece "Precious" Jones that deals with a mountain of adversity: from sexual abuse from her father, physical and verbal abuse... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jes Jones
Required for one of my classes. A very emotional and heartbreaking story. Definitely worth a read!Published 4 months ago by Amanda Jaffe