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Precious | [Sapphire]

Precious

For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.
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Publisher's Summary

For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

©2009 Sapphire; (P)2009 Random House

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    Cheri 10-15-10
    Cheri 10-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "'Unforgettable'...and I'd really like to!"

    What a lost opportunity. Having seen the previews for the movie, and hearing the accolades, I bought this book to hear a story of triumph out of tragedy, of beauty out of ugliness, only to find uncomparable tragedy and ugliness within the book itself. This book sickened me. It didn't have to, it could have been written with an eye to enlighten the reader without being as uncouth and tasteless as it's subject matter. Again, what a lost opportunity...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Racine, WI, United States 07-21-10
    Renee Racine, WI, United States 07-21-10
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    "it was ok"

    More detailed than the movie, which was great. But all that abcdefghijklmnop stuff with the ghetto accent was a little annoying

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    Sarah W Carlson 12-07-09
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    "Fantastic!"

    Great book, great narrator. I cried several times!

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    Zayne1 11-15-09
    Zayne1 11-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Touching, inspiring, amazing"

    Precious is an amazing girl! I wanted to hold her and protect her, cheer her on to give her strength. She is just an inspiring girl! I was crying and laughing, hoping and praying for her all at the same time! I recommend everyone read this!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Tupelo, MS, United States 04-13-10
    Stephanie Tupelo, MS, United States 04-13-10 Member Since 2014
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    "DID NOT LIKE."

    I know I'm probably not in the majority on this review but I just didn't like this book. The way she talks just gets annoying after a while. You'd think that as she starts to learn correct English and grammar and whatnot that she'd begin to speak correctly -- or at least somewhat correctly, but she doesn't and it kind of gets annoying. I mean I felt sorry for the girl and I was glad that she found a way out of her situation but some of the content was just vulgar and overall gross.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 04-30-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 04-30-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Sad but true"

    This audio book was completely vulgar and disgusting. At times, I was turned off and even repulsed by it. The narration meanwhile, portraying an uneducated teen-age girl is extremely annoying. Had it not been a true story, I would have hated it altogether. As is, I found it almost pointless as I got absolutely nothing out of it, except for saying this girl truly went through a horrible, horrible childhood that I wouldn't wish upon anyone.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Chambers 02-24-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Not for me..."

    I read some of the reviews for this book before I bought it and alot of them were positive. So I bought it. I got part way into the book and couldn't take it anymore. I would not sugest this book to anyone.

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    Carol Newfane, VT, USA 03-10-10
    Carol Newfane, VT, USA 03-10-10
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    "Grim Reality"

    An odd mix for what I listen to audiobooks for: an excellent narration, a well-told story, but a decidedly unpleasant world. Despite the necessity, even responsibility, of being aware of such realities, I didn't like being there.

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