Precious (originally titled Push) by Sapphire

Precious (originally titled Push) by Sapphire is set in the 1980s in Harlem, America. The story has just reached movie theatres here and is getting rave reviews. As with most books I decided that it was probably better to read the book than watch the movie.

This book is set in Harlem, America in the 1980’s and is the story of Precious, a young African-American girl. The story captures your attention right from the start with Precious reflecting on when she was 12 and was pregnant with her father’s child. The book continues as precious shares her life story as well as the stories of those around her. There is some pretty horrific scenes (rapes and beatings) and there was many times i was just completely shocked at what happened.

The book ends very abruptly without the typical fairytale ending which is very fitting to the story line however I wish it could have elaborated a little more on what happened. This book is shocking, horrific and at times very raw and hard to read (it does do justice to the story) but it is an incredible story and well worth the read.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Joanne
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 22:27:10

    I’ve heard some brilliant reviews about the movie – up for all sorts of awards. However, I’m not sure I want to watch it, or whether to read the book. It sounds too raw and like you say, horrific. I’ll bear it in mind, though. Thanks for the review.


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