Publisher: Random House, Inc
"Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible: Invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem's casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and highly radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as Precious learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it her own for the first time."
This book was a lot more intense than I thought it was going to be. I had heard that it was a depressing story, but I figured I could handle it... because I'm just that kinda YA Librarian :). And handling it wasn't the problem - it was more the sinking in of the story. Once you realized what was going on, it's almost so far away from my reality that it was almost fantasy. I do understand that it's not, but it was hard for me to digest.
I must say that this book is absolutely only for the most mature teens and older. I do get that most teens these days live this book as reality (especially in the area I work), but it's a much heavier book than most can deal with.
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