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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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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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Winona
  • Decatur, AL, United States
  • 02-22-10

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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    4 out of 5 stars

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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  • Angela
  • Sunland , CA, USA
  • 12-28-09

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

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

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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  • Carla
  • Upper Marlboro, MD, USA
  • 06-01-09

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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Never gets old

Ive read this book multiple times and I love it sooo much. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone

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Soooooooo good, soooooo sad

made me smile, made me cry
hated hearing the story end
leaves me wanting more