A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Rene Watson.Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if shes ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls. Except really, its for black girls. From bad neighborhoods.But Jade doesnt need support. And just because her mentor is black doesnt mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.Friendships, race, privilege, identitythis compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face....
|Title||:||Piecing Me Together|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||277 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Piecing Me Together Reviews
**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**
When I am in giveaway mode I try to move down the list as quickly as possible. I really only glance at the cover to gauge how interested I am in it and skim over the title to make sure it isn’t part of a series (always have to start with book one). I don’t dig into the synopsis because I like to be surprised when they show up in the mail. This book was a huge surprise for me because lately I have been trying to avoid YA books. It’s ...more
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Beware spoilers ahead!
Trigger warning: Racism and police violence.
Piecing Me Together was completed during #rimpysreadsathon. Piecing Me Together was a book talked about last year through booktube. Surprisingly I hadn't heard about it through GR or Twitter. After reading some reviews and seeing that it was in my library, I requested a copy. I'm very glad I did!
Through her mother's encouragement Jade has taken every opportunity her school has offered. The lat ...more
I love Renee's writing style and stories so much <3
Simple and thought-provoking at the same time! Downright gorgeous!
Absolutely recommend if you are interested in reading more diverse books.
"Sometimes it feels like I leave home a whole person, sent off with kisses from Mom, who is hanging her every hope on my future. By the time I get home I feel like my soul has been shattered into a million little pieces...And this makes me wonder if a black girl's life is only about being stitched together and coming undone, being stitched together and coming undone." (p. 85-86)
I loved this story about a girl attending a private school on scholarship and her relationships—with the school, with h ...more
This was a really LIFEY type of book. And you can argue that "lifey" isn't a word all you want but I'm just going to keep using it because I'm as eloquent as a refried bean. (How do I even REVIEW. It's a mystery to us all.)
Anyway! I did think this was a rather slow book and it didn't have so much a plot as it was a just the tale of a black teen girl named Jade who's also an artist and also just tryign to find her place in the world and be proud of who she is. It's about her LIFE. Everything fro ...more
This book is so stunning and complex, I can't believe more people aren't talking about it. Renée Watson is such an elegant writer. I'm only sorry that I didn't pick it up sooner.
This is the sort of quiet, underrated book that really deserves more attention. It is probably not dramatic or dark enough to make much of a wave. However, it is so relevant and really makes you think about race in this country and also about the enormous hurdles faced by families living in poverty. The main character, Jade, is smart and thoughtful, but she is also frustrated and I really felt for her. All she wants is fairness, and it made me sad to see her grapple with a world that is often so ...more
And this makes me wonder if a black girl's life is only about being stitched together and coming undone, being stitched together and coming undone. I wonder if there's ever a way for a girl like me to feel whole.
What can I say? Renée Watson returns with another story of young black girlhood. After reading This Side of Home, I wanted more from this author. She delivered.
Jade is a YA female protagonist that's needed. She offers, on page, the daily mirror almost every black girl reflects upon. Iss ...more