A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Ren e Watson.Jade 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 opportunA timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Ren e Watson.Jade 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, it s for black girls From bad neighborhoods.But 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 difference.Friendships, race, privilege, identity this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.
Piecing Me Together A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success from acclaimed author Ren e Watson Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she s ever going t
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.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 [...]
I just cried through the last 40 pages of this. Absolutely incredible.
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.
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 own).This 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 beca [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Another day of not feeling good so this will be short review.A beautiful, thoughtful, moving novel that makes you think. It had a quieter vibe than The Hate U Givebut just as important and powerful. We need more books like this in the world and add them to every library in schools/towns that we can.Would highly recommend :)-----Quotes: (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 com [...]
PIECING ME TOGETHER is a lovely quick read about a girl trying to find her own place in the world. I enjoyed Watson's THIS SIDE OF HOME last year & am even more impressed by TOGETHER. Watson makes strong female characters & I loved Jade, this book's MC.Jade lives with her single mom & uncle E.J. in Portland, Ore. & goes to a predominantly white school. She is a bright student, getting A's & tutoring many peers. Jade is an artist & her goal in life is to travel the world, [...]
I loved this book about Jade, a teen girl growing up in a poor neighborhood in Oregon who attends a mostly-white private school. She is invited to an “at-risk” mentorship program called Women to Women, and Jade quickly figures out that just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean they can relate to each other. Jade’s voice is compelling and real, and the book is interspersed with gorgeous poetry (see Chapter 35, Things That are Black and Beautiful). The cover is also stunning – artwor [...]
A powerful story about class, about how you find yourself, how you lose yourself, and what it means to be a black girl in America. Watson's story is full of heart, as much as it's full of moments that are heart-wrenching. Loved how this book explored friendship and intersectional relationships, as well as the microaggressions that can occur within them. This is a smart, savvy look at race; more than just looking at race relations, this delves into race challenges within the black community. Also [...]
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. Is [...]
OH MY GOD THIS WAS MAGNIFICENT. I highly, highly, highly recommend this book about a poor Black girl artist growing up in Portland. Wow. Please, please read this. There isn't enough hype for this masterpiece, despite the fact that the majority of my friends rated this 5 stars. Why aren't people talking about this? (Or where have I been to miss it? Seriously, I wish I picked this up months ago.)Just read it.
"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 piecesAnd 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 he [...]
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.It's a shame that one book release on a certain topic – such as The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – can create such a buzz, whereas others focusing on similar, if not the same, topics are easily overlooked. Both of these books focus on race, injustice, and inequality, but go about addressing these themes in a very di [...]
4.5*Probably one of the best YA books I’ve read in a very long time
This book was seriously amazing. It destroyed me in the best way. Gorgeous writing, wonderful and complex characterization, a beautiful arc. I now will read this author's entire backlist because it's just brilliant, in more ways than I have words for. This novel is told from the POV of Jade, a fat Black poor teen artist growing up in Portland. It's very much about class, art, and finding ways to speak up for yourself and be true to who you are. It's also about police violence targeting Black fol [...]
It’s a real shame that this book isn’t getting more attention. It’s such a strong contemporary novel!This novel follows a teenage black girl named Jade, who attends private school on a scholarship while living in the “hood”. Jade is struggling with her identity, and the novel follows her through her junior year and her new mentorship program.Here’s a list of things I really liked about this book:There is no romance whatsoever, and I certainly didn’t miss having one. This is Jade’ [...]
I love Renee Watson's contemp YAs; I just think she always nails not just the voice but the experience she's going for. Both THIS SIDE OF HOME and PIECING ME TOGETHER are about Black girls in Portland struggling to be heard in different situations, yes, but they're also about said girls discovering the power of their activism, and how important their voices are and can be, and how to find the people in this world who will help amplify you versus those who will shut you down, and that's an especi [...]
Solid bookBut I was left wanting more. Everything is so succinct. Characters and events are very relatable, but I have mixed feelings because everything played out a little too perfectly.
This book is absolutely wonderful and quietly powerful. I'm going to read this aloud to my freshman classes this year. It's a new all-time favorite and I want you all to read it.
More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants.Considering the tremendous success of The Hate U Give earlier this year (and still going strong), I think this title got a bitoverlooked. Released in February, just two weeks before the release of The Hate U Give, Piecing Me Together deserves a lot more attention than it's getting. Professional reviews and ratings for Piecing Me Together are solid, and I highly recommend it for all school and public libraries serving teens. It's also perfect for middle school re [...]
I'm going to write a book review about this masterpiece.This book is about a girl named Jade who lives in Portland, Oregon and she goes to a white school. Basically she is the only black girl in the whole school. One day, she gets called out to join The Women to Women project and at first she doesn't like it, until she meets Maxine, a women who is also black and has had similar experiences to Jade. When she joins Women To Women she meets other girls who are black and learns a lot about herself. [...]
I enjoyed this book. It's message driven, but the message is timely and much needed. Jade is a scholarship student at a prestigious private school in Portland. She is an artist who takes things other people throw away and makes them beautiful. Inspired by current events, and the experiences of York, the slave who traveled with Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition, her artwork is her outlet and form of self care. To see full review and author interview click here.
Love, love, love. I finished with tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my skin. A powerful story of finding your voice, stepping into your power. I just loved it. The kind of book that you want to hug at the end.
I love Renee's writing style and stories so much <3Simple and thought-provoking at the same time! Downright gorgeous! Absolutely recommend if you are interested in reading more diverse books.
3.5/5 stars.This book is about a black girl who's growing up in the predominantly white city of Portland, Oregon. I did not grow up in Portland, but I do live in the area now. It was so nice to read a book that is set in a place that I am familiar with. It did a really great job of illustrating the divide there is between the different sections of Portland. I wasn't able to identify with our main character, Jade, on everything, but it was really validating to read about a girl who looks like me [...]
I really enjoyed Watson's debut novel so I was excited for this one. It really ironed out some of the issues I had with Watson's first novel but shares some DNA that I enjoyed with the first book. I was entertained but it had a strong message that I loved and appreciated. The structure and rhythm really reminded me of "A House on Mango Street" but this was more accessible and easier to read. The characters were living and breathing but really grated on my nerves like real people do at points. I [...]
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.A couple years ago This Side of Home was one of my favorite reads so when I found out we were getting a new Renée Watson book this year it automatically became one of my most anticipated reads. Piecing Me Together lived up to all my expectations and then some.Jade lives in north Portland but goes to the fancy private school St. Francis on a scholarship. She knows this is her greatest opportunity to go to school and get out of Oregon. It [...]
To preface (and summarize) my review of Piecing Me Together: You should read this book. Of course, now you’re asking me: well, why should I read it? Well, get yourself a mug of tea & a comfy chairEverything I loved to the moon & back:Our main character, Jade, was so, so real, and even though she was imperfect and a bit naive, she was always learning – and in the process, teaching me things, too. She loved chicken wings and french fries and admitted to the fact that she had flaws, and [...]
This was great, probably my favorite of the recent Black Lives Matter-inspired books by a narrow margin (I really liked them all so far) - and also the most down-to-earth. It was really relatable to me probably at least in part because of its focus on how to create change in our everyday lives. You don't literally need to become a figurehead for a revolution, become a chosen one, or all sorts of YA tropes that even make their way into contemporary settings in a toned down form. You are still imp [...]