Sunday, March 21, 2010

You might have to Push a little to Read PUSH

Push by Sapphire

Random House Publishing

Precious Jones is sixteen years old and feels that her life is at its end. She's suffered through abuse by her mother, rape by her father and has been abandoned by the rest of society. Her life begins to change because of a teacher. This teacher opens her eyes to life and joy of learning. She helps Precious to realize that she can overcome her difficulties. 
 I decided to read this book after hearing about the movie it's based on, Precious. I have yet to see the movie but I've heard great things about it. I had a hunch that if people liked the movie so much that the book must be even better. At first I was taken aback by the language and the disturbing images used to describe Precious' life. But when I got to where her teacher opened her eyes to knowledge and writing I was hooked. Being an educator you know I love that part! :) The book made me feel sad at first about the difficult childhood had but as Precious learned about knowledge I began to feel more optimistic. The writer does an excellent job using story elements to portray Precious life in Harlem and how she fought to make her life her own. At only a 180 pages it is an easy read. The author, Sapphire reminds me of Zora Neale Hurston. However, I would also warn people about it's use of language and the graphic description of incest. I love the theme of the book that when life gets rough you have to push. I would definitely recommend this book because of it's life lesson.

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At March 22, 2010 at 12:40 AM , Blogger Tori Cooper said...

Interesting that you posted on the book "Push"... this evening my family had movie night- and tonight we watched "precious"... definately an intense movie but very realistic... I may have to post on my thoughts later... Thank you for visiting my blog earlier and making a comment... :-D i hope to hear from you again in the near future!

At March 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Casey said...

I recently watched Precious, I actually didn't like it all that much but while I was watching I was thinking that the book was most likely much better. It almost always seems to be that way with books and movies. I need to get looking for the book at the bookstore soon.


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