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Push | [Sapphire]

Push

An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. 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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An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. 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.

©1996 Sapphire/Ramona Lofton; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 11-12-09
    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 11-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Too bad it's abridged"

    Great narrator and sound quality. Story was hard to listen to at times, but never lost my interest. It's unfortunate that only an abridged version of the novel is available, as I would have preferred to have been able to hear the entire thing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    04-27-09
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    "Shocking"

    I saw the movie at Sundance Film Festival and had to read the book that let to it. It was a short listen, but a good one. Sad and shocking at times, but a good memoir worth listening to. Stay on the lookout for the film!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Winona Decatur, AL, United States 02-22-10
    Winona Decatur, AL, United States 02-22-10
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    "a true life sad story"

    this is so overwhelming that it pulls at your heartstrings... to know that there are people out there that survive this everyday. everyone should take this to heart for a life lesson, you are only as strong as you let yourself be....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Sunland , CA, USA 12-28-09
    Angela Sunland , CA, USA 12-28-09
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    "Great Read"

    Although the movie Precious is a bit different from this original book, I enjoyed both very much. Sapphire not only did a great job writing the book but also does a great job with her narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Roslindale, MA, USA 11-25-09
    Kristi Roslindale, MA, USA 11-25-09
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    "excellent listen"

    It was a pleasure listening to Sapphires reading of Push. A very well written book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucille Murfreesboro, TN, USA 10-22-09
    Lucille Murfreesboro, TN, USA 10-22-09
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    "Exciting and moving"

    This book was a refreshing look at the inner mind of a abused young woman finding her own words. I was moved from the beginning to the end and wanted to learn more when it was over. Superb and realistic writing of abuse first hand from the innocents mouth. I wanted to stand up for her and shout no more. I felt rage for the people who misused and misrepresented her. Kudos to the writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jose L. 02-04-10
    Jose L. 02-04-10
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    "A Good Read."

    This is a very good read, but it is not for the fainthearted. It's graphic language and vivid portrayal of the life of a disadvantaged black teenage girl in New York City may give pause to some. Sadly, the author does not exaggerate. Precious' life is the life of far too many girls these days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Genevi Long Beach, CA, USA 11-28-09
    Genevi Long Beach, CA, USA 11-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story, terrible narration"

    I love this book so much I decided to teach it to my 11th grade class. Sadly, I could not listen to excerpts of the novel in class and was forced to read it to my students. It was read too rapidly and with zero emotion. Sapphire is a great writer, but should leave the reading to professionals.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Upper Marlboro, MD, USA 06-01-09
    Carla Upper Marlboro, MD, USA 06-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Gritty...but too short"

    I downloaded this book after seeing a preview of the film and I must say that the first-person narration gives it a richness that draws the listener in. However, I was disappointed that the audiobook was so short and that there wasn't any kind of epilogue.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela M. Southern California 10-02-14
    Pamela M. Southern California 10-02-14 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "Inspiring!"

    The story is about a teenage girl named Precious who has awful parents and is living in the worst conditions. I found Precious ability to keep fighting against all odds very inspiring. There is a lot of vulgar language, sexual, physical and emotional abuse in this story so listener BEWARE! I personally found the story hard to relate to. When I finished the book I called my parents and thanked them for my childhood.

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