Monday, August 30, 2010


by Sapphire

There's no image that I could find at the moment...but I'm sure you can find the book at Barnes & Noble or Borders! :)

In "Push", Sapphire shows us how terribly awful the world can really be. She takes us into Harlem, into the life of Precious, who was raped and abused by both parents; even has two children by her father. I don't want to go into too much detail, but a lot of it is shocking and horrifying and, unfortunately, events that do happen in the world today.

Sapphire's use of language is incredible. Precious' voice is real, gritty, tough. She is a human being with emotions, capable of love and curiosity, not someone who can be pushed around. From the beginning to the end, it changes; as she becomes better educated, it shows through her voice and her style of writing. Even a few of her poems are included, which enhances and strengthens the story.

It's a quick read. Precious tells it likes it is, there's no holding back and she's straight to the point. I love when she finally realizes her worth and walks away from the negative influences in her life. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. She pulls herself out of the deepest, darkest hole, not without a few scars, but she learns to really live.

What an amazing book.

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