This month I read Push by Sapphire.
Push is about a sixteen year old, African American girl, named Precious, living in Harlem, who lives with her welfare-collecting mother and has already had two children, both by her biological father who is out of the picture in her home life.
Push is written in an intentionally uneducated style, with poor grammar and even worse spelling as it is told from the point of view of the protagonist, Claireece Precious Jones, names such by her mother because "As soon as I held her, I knew that's what she was. Precious."
The book starts off with Precious being kicked out of her school for being pregnant with her second child and being offered a spot at an alternative school so she may get her GED. In her GED class preparatory classes, she meets an inspiration teacher, Blue Rain (yes, her first name is Blue) and proceeds to begin adjusting to her life as something more than just her mother's slave.
Push really opens your eyes to the real tragedies of life that you, as the reader, are aware are going on out in the real world. From incestuous-rape relationships to teen pregnancy to child abuse to welfare abuse to inadequate school systems, the sadness of this book affects you deeply.
If you want to read a book that will make an impact on your life and the way you think, I recommend this book greatly.
Have you read this book? What did you think?