Book Response To Push
I have started reading Push by Sapphire. This book is based on the movie Precious. I have watched the movie. But like everyone says, the book is always better then the movie.
I have read up to page 11. I find this book very interesting because, this young girl Precious, is one her second baby. Her baby’s father is her father. She was sexually abused by her dad. Her first baby has down syndrome. She got suspended from school because she’s pregnant. I personally find that very unfair. Being pregnant, shouldn’t stop you from an education. The principle says she’s suspended for her attitude. In the movie, she’s suspended for being pregnant.
I felt bad on page 9, when her mom hits her and calls her a “slut”. Mind you, she’s pregnant. I don’t know how any mother would let her young daughter have a baby by her own father. That’s just gross and wrong. In the movie, it says her dad telling her “ you're even better then your mother”. While she was being hit, she was screaming to her mother to stop. Neighbors knocked on the door, and called an ambulance. That day, she gave birth. The even more sadder thing was, she was only 12 years old.
I do look forward to reading more. Seeing how different the movie is from the book. Also to see, if the book is better then the movie.
I have been addicted to the book. I’m on page 31.
On page 12, when she gives birth to her daughter (her first child) and for the birth certificate. The nurse asked her for her father’s name. Then for the name of the baby daddy. It was the same name. I feel bad that a 12 year old girl has a child by her own father.
Precious gets yelled at, really bad by her mom when her teachers comes and tells her about the new school she will be attending. I felt her mom should encourage her to do better and try to get by. It’s the least she can do, after ruining her childhood.
She often daydreams about the day she gave birth. On page 17, she talks about seeing her daughter for the first time. Since her daughter has down syndrome, her face looks a little different. Precious describes her daughter's face “smashed flat like pancake face and eyes like a Korean”. Her daughter has mongoloid. Precious feels like she gave birth to an ugly baby.
She always pictures her mom’s shoe being thrown at her, her dad’s penis in her face, and her ugly baby. I feel so bad for her. At 12, it must have been hell for her. Her mom is horrible. She blames Precious that Carl (her dad) left (Mary (her mom) for Precious. Mary calls her fat, and a man stealer. How can a mother blame her daughter? Or even allow her man to touch her daughter? On top of that, she forces Precious to eat. She has to cook her a big meal, and Precious is forced into eating, or else she gets a beating by her mom.
On page 21, Precious falls asleep on her couch. At my house, if I call asleep on my couch, my dad carries me to my bed and tucks me in. At Precious house, it’s NOT like that. Her mom masturbates. She sexually touches Precious and touches herself. And if Precious refuses, another beating.
Precious is excited for school. She can’t wait. She is now 16. She’s thinking about the time she had sex with her dad. In the movie, she doesn’t like it. But in the book, she does. She feels ashamed that she likes sex with her dad. I read a book, called Flower’s bed By Antoine Inch Thomas. She was also raped by her dad, and she eventually came to like the sex with her dad.
It’s Monday and she finally gets to go to school. When she gets there, she has to take a test. To see where to place her, this is the part she’s worried about. She can’t tell the numbers apart. To her, every number looks the same, and she can’t even read. At 16, having sexually relationships with BOTH her parents, having a kid and one on the way, and no education... I’d kill myself. I don’t know how this girl made it.
I definitely want to continue reading!