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Push by Sapphire
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Aug 05, 11

Read in August, 2011

Push is a "must read."

The story is about an illiterate teenager in Harlem who is physically and sexually abused by bother of her parents. But it's much more than that. It's about how an incredibly intelligent, sensitive and thoughtful young girl can appear "stupid" because of her social circumstances. Precious, the protagonist, has a deeply touching story. But even though her story is incredibly tragic, it's also inspiring. You get the sense that she's going to do the best that she can, better than you or I might do.

My only complaint with the book is that it doesn't fully explore the causes of poverty or it's solutions. I feel like Sapphire has the attitude that a good teacher or a kind social worker can make all the difference in the life of a girl like Precious, or at least, that's the best that she can "realistically" hope for.

Read this book to know just how bad things can get for people living not that far from you.
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message 1: by Susan (new)

Susan I think I'll read this...even though I did see the movie. It didn't
sugar coat the ugliness of her life.

Nicholas Pell I watched the movie after I read the book. The acting is really good, but I didn't like a lot of the changes that they made. It seems like they got rid of stuff and added stuff for no real reason at all. But everyone was REALLY good as far as the acting is concerned...

message 3: by Brandi (new)

Brandi Turner YES! I worked at a B Dalton when this came out. We got it free & no one else was into it so i Itook it. So good. I dont don'thave my copy anymore sadly...

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