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Push by Sapphire
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Mar 15, 2009

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bookshelves: fiction, heartrending, melancholy, raw
Read in March, 2009

Poignant and unapologetically raw. Precious' ability to keep fighting against such dire odds both amazed and inspired me. This is a story I will never forget, and I truly look forward to the film adaptation.
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message 1: by Z. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Z. have you seen the preview for this movie yet? i can't wait to see it :P
i love Sapphire. she has this wonderful poem in the Afrokete Anthology....

dollmatic yes, indeed, and that's actually what prompted me to read this book next. did you know she also has an entire collection of poetry published? i added it to my list.

message 3: by Z. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Z. Yeah, I read American Dreams after seeing the poem in Afrokete. She is pretty bad ass...

message 4: by Z. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Z. Oh yeah, i forgot you went to see Madea, they showed that preview during the movie.

dollmatic cool and correct ;).

Christina What made you give this book 3 stars? You say this is a story you would never forget, but yet, just 3 stars? Just curious... as I'm reading this book now...

dollmatic I wrote this review a long time ago, but I suppose I gave it 3 stars solely because of how it made me feel; I'm an empath, and I remember feeling seriously nauseous during certain parts I read. Also, because of the emotive connection I felt, I just wanted a happier ending for her... fully aware that life doesn't always grant us that. How did you like it?

Christina I admit it was hard to get through. I often threw this book in the corner vowing not to continue to read it because I just couldn't fathom someone living a life like what Precious had to go through.

Here is my review of the book:
In this shocking and dramatic novel, Precious Jones tells her story through her writing in her journal. She details her life in this journal as she is learning how to read and write, and gaining a love of poetry. She writes about the beatings she receives, the sexual abuse from both father and mother, her incest, her children, her lack of education, and the HIV virus she acquires from her incestuous father. I rate this book a 4-4.5 because the book ended shorter than I expected. I would have liked to see how Precious creates her pathways in her future, and see more of how her relationships with her children play out. The book was very graphic and almost too unrealistic to believe. I would recommend this book with caution to women and men... This book has frightening accounts of her life, and I was horrified by these details.

dollmatic I wanted to see how "light at the end of the tunnel" played out for her too. In a story like this, you desperately want victory for the one who is down and broken, but not out.

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