Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

Book - 2017
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Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And 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, it's for black girls. From "bad" neighborhoods. And just because Maxine, her college-graduate 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.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017
ISBN: 9781681191058
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION WATSO...R
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm


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WINNER (AITHOR): Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults

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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.

samcmar Sep 11, 2018

This book had me feeling so many emotions as I read it. I read this in one sitting, and it looks at what it means when you have to talk to your friends about race and discrimination. I was so angry for the main character, Jade, through this novel. At times the people she dealt with made me so upset and I just wanted to give her such a big hug. If you enjoyed the Hate U Give, this book is worth checking out. For such a small book, it packs a huge punch!

Aug 04, 2018

Deserves all of the awards and more! This book was simply fantastic. A brutally honest look at pity, sympathy, and speaking up for yourself.

Thegiver Jul 23, 2018

Jade is a high school student living in two different worlds. Commuting via city bus from a "poor neighborhood" to a private school, where she is an academic scholarship student, in the "better side" of Portland. Her character is intelligent, creative and we walk along with her as she learns to navigate life through a citywide mentor program while dealing with relevant social, racial and adult issues.

May 13, 2018

I picked up this book because it was an honor/award winner - and it was well deserved! I was quickly invested in the Jade's struggles - as a young girl out of place in many different ways struggling to figure out what she really needs in terms of support as opposed to what people think she needs. I wish there were even more to Jade's story. #PACL2018

Apr 27, 2018

This book wasn't what I expected. I came to it having read 'The Hate u Give' and 'Dear Martin', and was expecting this to be all about race relations.It wasn't.
Race certainly played an important part in the book, and the story would have been very different if the characters had been a different combinations of races, but I read it mainly as a book about relationships. The friends we choose, despite and because of their differences and similarities to ourselves; our family, and how what we see around us is our 'normal', regardless of what others may think of it; and our mentors, and how they can best support us to be the best we can be, while still respecting our right to be who we are.
I enjoyed it, but not for the reasons I thought I would.

Apr 22, 2018

This is such a beautiful book. Jade is a talented artist, driven high schooler, committed daughter and friend. She balances her life at home with her life at school. This book looks at subtle racism, like Jade being placed in a mentoring program because her mostly-white school considers her "at risk" even though she isn't. Her closest friend at school doesn't want to acknowledge racism when Jade is treated by suspicion by store clerks, accused of having an attitude, or told she should be grateful for opportunities like SAT tutoring and the mentoring program. This book is fairly quiet, with the focus mostly being on Jade's day to day life until the last few chapters. It's wonderful to see Jade find her own way, and start to stand up for what she wants and believes in.

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.

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