November 12, 2010

An Unpolished Gem: Push, Book Review

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:21 AM by inspirationsbysd


I got this novel/novella last year but was not emotionally ready to read it until now, and let me tell you I have no idea what took me so long! This is one of those books you will not be able to put down until you are done with it, and while you are reading it you check how many pages are left because you do not want it to end. You may all know this, that the award-winning movie Precious is based on the novel Push by Sapphire, the story follows a young girl’s challenging passage to adulthood. Clarisse Precious Jones is a young African-American girl in Harlem, NY who bears her father’s child at the age of 12. Life does not offer her any chance or a glimmer of hope, but the illiterate young girl pushes for a better life. What I love about the narrative, is that Sapphire uses a vernacular that brings the reader to where Precious, the main character, stands. Starting with barely comprehensible dialect “I was left back when I was twelve because I had a baby for my fahver.” (Sapphire 3) and gradually as the reader struggles with her reality, she begins to learn to read and write. Even though Precious seeks therapy in the story, the main therapy she receives is in the classroom that allows her to deal with her molestation, bearing her father’s children and finally his disease.

Whatever life brings her way, Precious continues to push through and persevere. A beautiful story about a young girl dealing with child abuse, obesity, poverty and pain. If you are a fan of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker then this book is right up your alley.


Sara D.


  1. Hanan Al Failakawi said,

    I don’t really read novels .. I tried but couldn’t,, Now i really wanna read this one,,

    • Hanan: You should also read Life of Pi by Yann Martel wayed 7elwa, as for Push by Sapphire be prepared it is very dramatic, the description of the rape scenes are very graphic so not for the faint hearted šŸ˜‰

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