The movie "Precious" is based on the 1997 novel "PUSH" by Sapphire and focuses on the vicious cycle of incest and abuse. "PUSH" is about a Harlem, NY illiterate teen named Clareece "Precious" Jones who has low self-worth/esteem in herself. Why??? Her homelife is dysfunctional. She has been impregnated by her father twice and her abusive relationship with her mother affects Precious in her daily struggle to just survive. Precious finally experiences a 'breakthrough' when she is sent to an alternative high school and meets her teacher, Ms Rain who helps her raise her reading level to a 7th grade level and helps her discover how beautiful she is.
Author Sapphire wrote this book as a result of her own sexual abuse she suffered and her experience with working with troubled teens. "PUSH" is a book that at sometimes was very hard for me to read because it taps into the emotion of the reader. You cheer when Precious makes strives towards building her self-esteem and you just want to shake her poor excuse of a mother.
PUSH is a book that is intended for adults but will teens read this book? Of course, given the projected commercial promotion of the movie. Recently, I asked the manager of a Borders Book Store on the far south side of the city of Chicago if the sales for 'PUSH' had increased over the last month. She said that they had and they cannot keep the books on the shelves. I'd be really curious to see what percentage of sales are from teens...hmm.
PUSH is the first book written and published by poet, Sapphire. Like many authors that experience rejection from the major book publishing companies, Sapphire self-published "PUSH" until picked up by DoubleDay. Recently, CBS Evening News Anchorwoman, Katie Couric conducted a really nice interview of the author, Sapphire. The interview is approximately :45minutes in lenght but well worth the view.