Push is the story of Precious, a 16 year old girl pregnant for the second time by her father, and a sufferer of sexual and physical abuse from both her mother and father is other invisible to her parents, and has been given up on by the school. That is, until she is expelled. She ends up at an alternative school where she not only learns to read, but helped by a teacher that actually cares, learns to take control of her life.
Why I Picked This Up: All these films critics were talking about this great movie, and when I saw it was a book, I decided I definitely wanted to read it, since I couldn’t watch the movie yet.
Why I finished: I nearly dropped it right away, as the book is written in a stream of conscious style, and as Precious isn’t educated, it’s in a ghetto style, and it takes getting use to. As soon as I adjusted though, the book sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. Dark, disturbing and gritty, yet at the same time a beautiful story of watching a girl going from being nobody with no hope to growing into somebody, gaining a life, and putting her life together. The movie is described as watching the birth of a soul, and the same came be said of the book. It’s helped by a twisty plot that just keeps on coming.
Who would I recommend this to: As much as I loved the book, I’m not sure who’d I recommend it to. The abuse Precious suffers it intense, and described in detail. I’d feel guilty recommending it to anyone because of this, but there’s no denying that Push is a gem, and a precious story.
It always annoys me when a book becomes a movie, the rename the book. It does make some sense, but it’s annoying to have a book under multiple titles. Or maybe I’m just OCD.
While Push is a beautiful story, underneath are some hard questions. Was giving up on a Precious what the school should have done, or a mistake? Why didn’t the school intervene earlier but rather ignore her, despite her obvious troubles? Do these people at the Alternative School have a chance at a future?
Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.
Rating-5/5, amazing amazing book.