Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

Book - 2017
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Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2017.
ISBN: 9781681191058
Branch Call Number: YA FIC WATSO
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm


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vm510 Apr 10, 2018

A sentimental, quiet, pensive book following the main character Jade, who joins a mentorship program and becomes more confident speaking up for herself. There are lots of issues dealt with here in a sensitive way: microaggressions at school, the mall (and people shrugging these microaggressions off when they're your lived experience), opportunities for "at-risk" kids, intersectionality (her mentor, who is black, is not poor & sometimes comes of as pitying Jade), police brutality, art and language. The chapters are short, the writing is straightforward, and the resolution is satisfying. I really enjoyed learning about Jade and her world.

Jan 21, 2018

A moving book about an African-American girl with big dreams trying to navigate the different spheres of her life and the world at large. I particularly loved the author's emphasis on friendship and female relationships.

Apr 01, 2017

KBOO had an interview with Renee Watson before the release of this book and I knew that I'd want to read it. There are many struggles in the lives of young people growing up, not to mention the struggles they still face when they become adults. The people around us make a huge impact upon our lives, and we learn to navigate the world in hopefully a way that is best for ourselves.

Watson writes with sensitivity to the life that Jade leads, the opportunities that are presented which can often be frustrating. It is Jade's sense of self which is partly revealed through the collages she makes, which sees her through.

This was ostensibly written for a teen audience, but we could all learn a thing or two by reading it.

Feb 07, 2017

If you want a perfect example of why the #ownvoices movement is so important, look no further than this book. A white person could not have written this -- everything about it would have rung false and hollow, none of the nuance would have been so intelligently and accurately captured. This is a story about a black girl from an underprivileged neighborhood who attends a fancy private school on scholarship and gets placed in a mentoring program, where she finds herself mentored by another black young woman, a college student from an affluent background that is totally different from her own. This book is great: it is so fascinating to read about the ways these two girls have both similar and vastly different experiences of the world, and everything about it feels so timely and important. It's also beautifully written, and emotional, and just all- around excellent. My favorite YA new release of 2017 so far.

CMLReads_Kristin Nov 26, 2016

Jade lives in two words: her elite private school and her "wrong side of the tracks" neighborhood in North Portland. A nuanced and thought-provoking exploration of race and privilege.

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Jan 21, 2018

booknrrd thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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