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Monday, January 16, 2012


I will not lie to you--I have spent the past week saying to people, "Precious wouldn't pay for that," or "Oh, Precious would eat all that fried chicken."  You know why?  Because Precious, in Push by Sapphire, is a badass.

Push is the story of Claireece Precious Jones, an illiterate teenager in the Bronx circa the mid-1980's.  She is pregnant for the second time by the man she believes to be her father, and it doesn't help that her mother is abusive as well (in every way imaginable).  Precious makes a decision that she wants to do right by her babies--and she begins her journey to doing just that.

I will not lie to you, dear readers--this is not a particularly easy book to read.  It's graphic at times and heartbreaking for most of the others.  I am the exact opposite of Precious in any way you can imagine, so reading this broke my big liberal heart.  It's a life that countless young women continue to live even as I write this, and this book made me want to put on a super hero cape and go rescue them all.  The only challenge?  They live in silence, just like Precious. 

Yes, I saw the film a few years ago and yes, I thought it was well done.  I also have to say that it was an excellent adaptation of the book.  And yes, since you have asked, I do think it's worth a read.  At just about 150 pages you can get through this in a weekend, so hop-to, people.

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