Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Piecing Me Together

A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Renée 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 more demeaning than helpful. Like an ...

Details Piecing Me Together

TitlePiecing Me Together
Release DateFeb 14th, 2017
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Cultural, African American

Reviews Piecing Me Together

  • Emily May
    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...
  • Lola
    Unlike the majority of teenagers, Jade knows what she wants.She 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 thing.Fortunately, the program she recently joined, call...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    I just cried through the last 40 pages of this. Absolutely incredible.
  • Hannah Greendale
    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.
  • Maxwell
    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 th...
  • Malia
    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 sa...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    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 ...
  • TL
    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 Give but 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 togethe...
  • Trevor
    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 lif...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead!Trigger warning: Racism and police violence.Piecing Me Together was completed during #rimpysreadsathon. Piecing Me Together was a book talked about last year through booktube. Surprisingly I hadn't heard about it through GR or Twitter. After reading some reviews and seeing that it was in my library, I requested a copy. I'm very glad I did!Through her mother's encouragement Jade has tak...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    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 dail...
  • Danielle
    "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 pieces...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." (p. 85-86)I loved this story about a girl attending a private school on scholar...
  • Ava
    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.
  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    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...
  • Xan West
    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. I...
  • Katie
    4.5*Probably one of the best YA books I’ve read in a very long time
  • Chelsea
    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 c...
  • MissFabularian
    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 autho...
  • Janani
    This book is so stunning and complex, I can't believe more people aren't talking about it. Renée Watson is such an elegant writer. I'm only sorry that I didn't pick it up sooner.
  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    **I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**When I am in giveaway mode I try to move down the list as quickly as possible. I really only glance at the cover to gauge how interested I am in it and skim over the title to make sure it isn’t part of a series (always have to start with book one). I don’t dig into the synopsis because I like to be surprised when they show up in the mail. This book was a huge surprise for me beca...
  • Sarah (YA Love)
    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.
  • Leigh Collazo
    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 bit...overlooked. 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 Goodreads ratings for Piecing Me Together are solid, and I highly recommend it for all school and public l...
  • Maxabooklover
    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 gi...
  • Justina Ireland
    Jade is an earnest and immensely likeable main character. This book is a quick read and is perfect for readers looking for stories of Black girls without the edgy content of so many issue books which feature Black main characters. Sometimes you just want to spend time with a character and enjoy their company. This is one of those books.
  • Chessa
    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.
  • Kristina
    I love Renee's writing style and stories so much