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 : Bloomsbury, 2017
ISBN: 9781681191058
1681191059
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wat
Description: 264 pages ; 22 cm

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Jade, a scholarship student at an elite prep school, is on a mission to educate her peers and be seen as more than an "at-risk" kid.

Scholarship student Jade wants to be recognized for her art at her mostly white school, not for her lack of resources.

Scholarship student Jade wants to be recognized for her art at her mostly white school, not for her lack of resources.

Jade's time is divided between her modest home and the elite academy where she has been a scholarship student for two years. Her mom, who works as a home health aid, is determined that Jade will have the opportunities she missed out on. Without her best friend, Jade's school days can be lonely as... Read More »


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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

The author of the novel Piecing Me Together is Renee Watson. Renee Watson has received numerous awards including a Newberry Honour award for Piecing Me Together.

Piecing Me Together was written from the point of view of a young black girl, Jade. Jade is a very insightful, intelligent and artistic person who has a strong drive to become successful. Her mother has always pushed her to grab every opportunity that comes her way; from getting a scholarship to an almost all-white private school to tutoring to Saturday test prep. Though some “opportunities” seem to only try to undermine her like when she got an invitation to join a woman-to-woman mentorship program that is truly directed towards black girls living in “tough neighbourhoods”.

On the other hand, Jade also wishes to say “no thank you” to all the opportunities, that she's had enough of them but instead she says: “A girl like, coal skin and hula-hoop hips, whose mommas barely makes enough money to keep food in the house, have to take opportunities every chance we get”.

This book is about Jade and her journey through a life where your neighbourhood and the colour of your skin determine your chances of success. She also tries to question the mentality of our society. Like how many black women and men get gunned down and no one says anything about it but if it were a white person it would be all over the news.

Renee Watson cleverly wrote this book in such a way that provoked the reader to think by bringing up issues that go on in our society right now. I also loved the development of Jade's character and how she's such an optimistic person who can find the beauty in things that others may deem unworthy: “Lots of people can't find beauty in my neighbourhood, but I can...”.

From this book I have learned the importance of having these conversations about sexism, gun violence, racism and making assumptions about people based on their economic class.

I have also learned to try to see the beauty in everything even if the physical outlook may seem uninviting. To not overlook the little things because you never know what you're missing when you've built a forehand stigma that secludes everything but what you know of.

In my opinion this book deserves a rating of 5/5. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone from grade 8 and up and to anyone who loves a casual and yet thought-provoking book.

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lenoragoessling
Jun 21, 2020

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amm3607
Apr 27, 2020

Loved this book! Opened my eyes to a new reality.

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JerryJennings
Jan 29, 2020

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson is a YA novel about Jade, an African American high schooler who is poor and has received a merit scholarship to a local private (basically all white) high in Portland, Oregon. She is on journeys of self awareness as well as how to show up in the world other than her neighborhood. It is a well written story and I recommend it to all.

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SpeedyLlama
Jan 02, 2020

It was so refreshing to read a YA book without a romantic subplot. This was a quick and interesting read, and as someone trying (struggling) to learn Spanish, I really liked how at the start of chapters, there was a Spanish word to describe the chapter. I've recommended this book to almost all my friends!

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recycledmonkeys
Oct 17, 2019

Fantastic #ownvoices book. Set in Portland.

TSCPL_Sherry Jul 22, 2019

I was taken in by the true-to-life issues in the book Piecing Me Together. Renee Watson did a nice job in detailing Jade's journey.

VaughanPLKim Feb 28, 2019

An inspiring novel about a teenaged girl named Jade, who, with the help of her mentoring group Woman to Woman, manages to find her voice.

JCLChrisK Feb 04, 2019

A complex story of one teen finding her voice.

VaughanPLShelly Nov 08, 2018

Piecing Me Together is a beautifully well-written novel with a relatable character. I think readers of any age will find Jade's journey wonderful and engaging, despite it being a very personal one. I also recommend this to fans of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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