Push | Sapphire

“Depression is anger turned inward.”


Genre: Contemporary Young Adult.

Number of Pages: 177.
Perspective: First.
Location: Harlem, New York.
Precious is a sixteen-year-old girl pregnant for the second time with her father’s baby. She is illiterate and gets kicked out of her junior high. She joins an alternative school with a teacher that helps her learn to read, write, and survive on her own. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Push is one of those books that makes you feel sick while reading it. I liked the concept and the voice, but it’s way more graphic than I thought it would be. I am not a prude by any means, but this took it too far. I understand that we are supposed to be sickened by the descriptions. But the way it was described almost made it fetishized. I can see sickos loving this book and the vivid porn-like accounts of incest. For that reason, I have a difficult time ever recommending this book to anyone. I can imagine how triggering it would be for anyone that has gone through abuse. 

I picked it because it was short and I felt like I needed a quick in-between book to finish in one day before starting a longer read. Despite the short length, the only reason why I finished it in one day is because I wanted to hurry up and get rid of it. 
I saw many complaints about the voice. Precious is illiterate and gets better over time. That was a huge challenge for the author to take on. I didn’t mind it too much. Even the inconsistencies didn’t bother me because I assumed some sections were written by Precious at earlier times than others. But it does make what should have been a quick read into a challenging read.
This is technically classified as young adult, but I think it would be traumatizing for teens. The only reason why I might recommend it to someone is to offer them a diverse perspective. I think growing up poor, with abuse, and illiterate is not a voice we see too often. That is the only reason why I gave it 2 stars, rather than one. My plan was to read this book and then watch the movie, but now I don’t know if I want to watch the movie. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

“I say I drownin' in river. She don't look me like I'm crazy but say, If you just sit there the river gonna rise up drown you! Writing could be the boat carry you to the other side.”

2/5 Stars

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