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  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    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 undoneI wonder if there’s ever a way for a girl like me to feel whole Piecing Me Together is such an important and moving book It released during Black History Month and was perhaps overshadowed by the buzz surrounding the amazing The Hate U Give that followed up a month later Both books look at what it means to be a black teen in modern America but their tones and focal points are differentThe Hate U Give is a hard hitting book about one of the most horrific problems facing America today the shooting of unharmed black teenagers It pulls no punches; it rips your heart out; it says what needs to be said Piecing Me Together on the other hand is a uieter read It's about the everyday microaggressions that Jade faces as a scholarship student at a mostly white school It's about art collages specifically hence the cover and using this as a form of expression It's about careful nuanced friendships identity and self worth Sometimes I just want to be comfortable in this skin this body Want to cock my head back and laugh loud and free all my teeth showing and not be told I’m too rowdy too ghetto Jade describes herself as a bigger girl and the book proceeds to consider standards of beauty and how they are forced upon us But where this book stands out and really where it shouldn't stand out is that it is less about relations between black people and white people and about class issues within race In Piecing Me Together Jade joins Women to Women a program that connects young black teens with older successful black women in order to hopefully improve their prospects Jade however struggles to connect with her mentor Maxine because Maxine grew up surrounded by wealth The author shows these divides along wealth and class lines within race and how this affects relationships between wealthy and poor black women whilst also showing how racial divides affect the relationship between Jade and her eually poor white friend Sam It's things like this that really open my eyes to my privilege as a white reader It is thankfully not strange any to read a book with a diverse set of characters or a book that explores whitePOC racial divides but the real test of euality will not be when it's normal to see many POC among the white people on our screens and in our books but when relationships between POC of different classreligionbackgroundetc are explored as much as the relationships between white people This book takes some very necessary steps in that direction It's also a powerful coming of age story made easy to read in one sitting by the author's engaging style Highly recommended for YA Contemporary fansBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


  2. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    Unlike the majority of teenagers Jade knows what she wantsShe knows that she wants to escape her poor neighbourhood go to a great college on a scholarship and eventually buy her mama the house she isn’t able to afford on her own Yes she goes to an almost all white private school but she is constantly reminded of where she comes from—and right now she’s not sure that’s a good thingFortunately the program she recently joined called Woman to Woman will help her figure out who she is as a young woman and an aspiring artist Her voice is strong if only she could learn to use itThis is a slow and honest exploration of what it means to be an African American teenager caught between two worlds Race discrimination and police brutality are discussed and often shown I couldn’t believe the cluelessness of Jade’s new white friendExcept I could of course I simply did not want to yet again be faced with a character who doesn’t understand that racism exists and that if it isn’t taken seriously it will keep on breathingAnd you know what racism enjoys feeding on don’t you? The hope that minority groups have of living a peaceful life with eual opportunities and a right to appreciate all that the world has to offer like white people canIt is not perfect 1 Jade’s voice is young even for a junior in high school 2 the story is calm and at times uneventful and 3 the conflict between Jade and her friend was resolved unrealistically fast But 1 There is no romance 2 despite being slow it reads very well with chapters that are sometimes not even one page long and 3 Jade’s mentor Maxine is a character that grows on you not Jade her you’ll love instantly Still having doubts? Did I not mention that there is absolutely no romance whatsoever? That’s because not all young women think about boys non stop Take note Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


  3. Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd) Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd) says:

    I just cried through the last 40 pages of this Absolutely incredible


  4. emma emma says:

    Two things about this book1 Most social issue focused YA contemporaries should pay attention to this one Like calling all of you it's possible to write about important topics without having dry ass narratives and characters I don't care about2 I should have read it a long time agoBottom line That about covers it please don't ask me how long i've had this book on my to read list but it's 3 yearsthanks to the publisher for the copy oops i am spending this month reading books by Black authors please join mebook 1 The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2 Homegoingbook 3 Let's Talk about Lovebook 4 Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5 The Selloutbook 6 ueeniebook 7 Red at the Bonebook 8 The Weight of the Starsbook 9 An American Marriagebook 10 Dear Ijeawaelebook 11 Sing Unburied Singbook 12 Real Men Knitbook 13 All Boys Aren't Bluebook 14 Piecing Me Together


  5. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend Uneventful and painfully didactic Piecing Me Together is a well intentioned book that struggles in its execution


  6. Maxwell Maxwell says:

    Why isn't everyone talking about this book? I am honestly shocked that I hadn't heard about this before it was sent to me by the publisher though this review is not sponsored or influenced by them in any way—as always thoughts opinions are my ownThis story is about Jade who is going into her junior year at a mostly white wealthy high school in Portland where she is a scholarship student She's learning Spanish which is a big part of the story and looking forward to this year because it's the one where she may finally be able to go on a study abroad program over spring break At the start of the new school year Jade gets placed in a mentorship program for African American students who are at risk and need someone to talk to even though Jade who has both her parents divorced uncle and best friends in her life supporting her She's unsure of getting involved in the program but knowing her participation can ensure her a scholarship to any Oregon college once she graduates convinces her to stay with her mentor MaxineThe book follows Jade's year of school as she faces challenges with friends her mentor and discusses topics of racial identity both within and outside of the black community history politics and the thing that's most important to Jade—her art She makes beautiful collages and is inspired by her life to put pieces together as she tries to come to terms with her own identity as a young woman a black girl and someone straddling so many divides It's a beautifully written story one that taught me a lot made me stop and consider the world from a totally different lens which I think is what some of the best books do and a story that will leave you like Jade inspired 45 stars


  7. Malia Malia says:

    This is the sort of uiet underrated book that really deserves 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 unfair and to think about the many many people in similar situations Of course no matter where we come from no matter what color our skin we all have problems and we all feel the world is unfair at times but people living the way Jade and her family did in the book struggle on a day to day basis with things we often take for granted like getting regular healthy meals I thought The Hate U Give was great but I do think this book deserves as much attention Both focus on racial identity in and outside of the black community and offer insight we should all consider as we try to make the world a better place for everyone It is a simple story yet it really made me think I also liked that the author lent much attention to different female relationships in the book Jade and her neighborhood friend Lee Lee her white school friend Sam her mother her mentor her high school counselor It's a short book but I know I'll remember it for some time and would highly recommend itFind reviews and bookish fun at


  8. Whitney Atkinson Whitney Atkinson says:

    I read this book based on two people's recommendations that it was game changing and eye opening On one hand I do like that this book brings up issues that I haven't seen before in any other books about a young black teenager such as reconciling privilege and advocating for racism as a bystander and voicing injustices There were threads and motifs that were woven throughout this book gorgeously and I also thought that Jade's evolution from someone unsure of herself to someone who is vocal about she wants was really encouraging and powerful and I can see how impactful it will be especially for young marginalized teens who read this On the other hand I just don't see it as anything revolutionary so it was a little bit overhyped It's a great story there's great writing and the transformation of the characters was really meaningful but it was lacking a punch that would set it apart from other books and I just didn't feel that impact as much as I wish I had Nevertheless seeing Jade's ambition and honestly was so refreshing and several people who saw me reading this asked about it because they liked the cover so I still say it's a winner


  9. Lala BooksandLala Lala BooksandLala says:

    Jade was such a strong person to read about both in how well written she was and just as a young inspiring character She takes every opportunity that comes her way because she and her mother believe in order to succeed she needs to get out of her neighborhood But joining the mentorship program Woman to Woman which is supposed to help her get a scholarship turns out to make her feel misunderstood and targeted Jade must stand up for change Much like with Watch Us Rise I would have loved this so much as a teen and appreciated the light it shed on so many topics from privilege and microaggression to reconciliation and socioeconomic tension Thoughtful and smart I hope this title is successfully getting into the hands of today's youth


  10. TL TL says:

    Another day of not feeling good so this will be short reviewA beautiful thoughtful moving novel that makes you think It had a uieter vibe than The Hate U Give but just as important and powerful We need books like this in the world and add them to every library in schoolstowns that we canWould highly recommend uotes in no particular order 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 undoneI wonder if there’s ever a way for a girl like me to feel whole“I know something happens between the time our mothers and fathers and teachers and mentors send us out into the world telling us The world is yours and You are beautiful and You can be anything and the time we return to themSometimes I just want to be comfortable in this skin this body Want to cock my head back and laugh loud and free all my teeth showing and not be told I’m too rowdy too ghettoSomething happens when people tell me I have a pretty face ignoring me from the neck down When I watch the news and see unarmed black men and women shot dead over and over it's kind of hard to believe this world is mineSometimes 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 piecesMom's love repairs me” The thing is I don't think I'm shy I just don't always know what to say or how to say it I am like Mom in so many ways but not when it comes to things like this She is full of words and bites her tongue for no one I wish I could be that wayI'm regretting saying yes to this mentorship program So far my mentor has stood me up because of some drama with her boyfriend and shown up in the middle of the night with gifts like that's supposed to make it all better All of this has me wondering what have I gotten myself into?Has me wondering what is this woman really going to teach me? I have never thought about my deserving the good things that have happened in my life Maybe because I know so many people who work hard but still don't get the things they deserve sometimes not even the things they need I don't know what's worse Being mistreated because of the color of your skin your size or having to prove that it really happened I ride through the transition blocks and then I'm back on my side of town Where the river is polluted I am thinking about the fish and the river The giving and learning I am wondering how choices are made about who gets what and how much they get Wondering who owns the river and the line and the hook and the worm


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Piecing Me Together [Reading] ➼ Piecing Me Together By Renée Watson – Thomashillier.co.uk A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success from acclaimed author Renée WatsonJade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success from acclaimed author Renée WatsonJade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s 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 demeaning than helpful Like an invitation to join Women to Women a mentorship program for “at risk” girls Except really Piecing Me eBook á it’s for black girls From “bad” neighborhoodsBut Jade doesn’t need support And just because her mentor is black doesn’t 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 differenceFriendships race privilege identity—this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 277 pages
  • Piecing Me Together
  • Renée Watson
  • English
  • 10 July 2014

About the Author: Renée Watson

Renée Watson is the author of the children’s picture book A Place Where Hurricanes Happen Random House June which was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Her middle grade novel What Momma Left Me debuted as the New Voice for in middle grade fiction by The Independent Children's Booksellers AssociationRenée’s one woman show Roses are Red Women are Blue debuted at N.