Push by Sapphire is the book that the movie Precious was based off of. I saw the movie in theaters, and the book does follow pretty true to the movie.
However, be forewarned that the book is VERY graphic sexually, as Precious, a teenager with two children by her father, was the victim of incest by both parents.
The novel is written by the narrator Precious, which is immediately obvious to the reader, as it is written with poor grammar and spelling, indicating the lack of education that Precious has received. This gives her more character, more life, and I love that.
Precious has two children by her father, one being born at age 12, the other at 16. Disgustingly enough, her mother is JEALOUS that her husband would choose Precious over her. Beyond disturbing. When Precious is enrolled at an alternative school, she finally has her eyes opened up to the world, as she tries to improve her education and get away from her unsupportive (to say the least!!!) mother.
This was a tough read because of the subjects the book dealt with, but I like how Precious begins to realize certain prejudices she had been taught all of her life were wrong. I also like the underlying message of the book: everyone has the opportunity to learn, to be a good person, and to be loved.
Have you seen the movie or read the book? Thoughts?
Thanks for reading,