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
Number of pages272 pages
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Piecing Me Together

  • Brooke
    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...
  • Mars
    NOW AVAILABLE! This book truly took my breath away. It’s an artistic masterpiece that may be rethink how I interpret things. I went into this book extremely excited to be reading an ownvoices book with a black MC. And honestly, I couldn't get over how authentic and lyrical this voice sounds. Our main protagonist, Jade is a student at a mostly white high school, who is living in a suburb of Portland and all she wants to do is succeed and travel ...
  • Latanya
    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...
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via NetGalley.Diversity Rating: 4 – This Is Our WorldRacial-Ethnic: 5 (the vast majority of the cast is black)QUILTBAG: 0Disability: 0Intersectionality: 5 (the book is 100% focused on the realities of black girlhood; Jade’s family is also extremely poor to the point of barely getting by)To a class of creative writing students, half of whom were Those Guys and...
  • Anna
    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 chair...Everything 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...
  • Miss Fabularian
    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...
  • Brandy Painter
    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 oppo...
  • 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.
  • Carol
    I loved everything about this book. Jade is a complex and dynamic character whose unique voice is still in my head long after I closed the book. Love, love, love. I loved​ everything about this book. Jade is a complex and dynamic character whose unique voice is still in my head long after I closed the book. Love, love, love.
  • Emma
    Grade: AAn ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: This is why I love contemporary fiction. It's because of books like Piecing Me Together where there is little-to-no drama and stress. As much as I love fantasy stories, those can take years off my life as I worry if the characters will make it out alive. I loved Jade. She stands up for herself and black culture in the best ways. She lear...
  • Ceillie Simkiss
    This book is the embodiment of the #blackgirlmagic tag on twitter, y'all. It's all about finding your voice and being your best. You need to read this.Read the full review here!
  • Shane
    I really liked Watson's previous novel, This Side of Home, and was excited to read Piecing Me Together when I spotted it on Goodreads. Well, this novel did not disappoint. I liked how the author kept things real, touching on topics that are still so strongly present in society, while also depicting relatable problems faced by a teen girl. Jade wasn't perfect and didn't come from a perfect family. She's raised by a single mother in a far-from-lavi...
  • Kelly
    Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!Before I started reading this book, I knew it was going to be powerful, but nothing prepared me for just how powerful and important that this novel is. This is one of those books that I think should be mandatory reading among high school kids, because it is proof that no matter how low you might feel, and how you may be accustomed to believing that you can't amo...
  • Diana
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not change how I feel bout this book. Piecing Me Together is about Jade, a junior at an elite private school, navigating her way around the multifarious areas of Portland and learning to use her voice when people try to “save” her from the 'hood with opportunities that are more objectifying than rewarding. All Jade really wants from this school is a chan...
  • Sarah A
    Wow! Where to start? I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. The story follows Jade, a black teenager who thinks her only way to succeed is to make it out of her neighborhood. Her mother wants her to have every opportunity (a word Jade kind of despises), and thus, Jade attends a private school on scholarship. Her guidance counselor (also a big believer in giving Jade opportunities) has set her up in a mentorship program for "at-risk" black girls. Jade deci...
  • Tracy Shapley
    I just loved this book so much. The story is that of Jade, a teenage black girl in Portland, who lives in a poor neighborhood. She gets a scholarship to attend a school across town, in a wealthy neighborhood, full of wealthy students, most of whom are white. The book travels with her for about a year as she learns to navigate this new world and begins to see how others view the world she comes from.It deals with all the things you'd think it woul...
  • Sarah
    I am finding that my ratings of ya have everything to do with how much I want to spend time with the characters, if they'll let me in close enough to feel wanted, to bear witness to their life. I loved being with Jade as she discovered her voice to self advocate and dialogue with the women (and men) in this story. As much as aesthetic response matters, I also appreciate narratives that hold up a mirror to my life and ask me to consider my own vie...
  • Elisa The-Bookie-Monster
    Guys. Go read this book. I cannot stress enough how needed this book is, especially at this time with everything being so racially charged. This is the story of Jade, a black girl going to school at a predominately white private school. She starts noticing she's being treated differently by her teachers- some meaning to be helpful, and some not so much. It talks about racism, feminism and speaking up for yourself, with the added bonus of some tip...
  • Ema Threse
    This book lent such an interesting perspective to the idea of opportunities for select groups of people. I came away feeling like I had really grown from reading Jade's perspective. Her voice was well articulated and convincing, so that though, in general I agreed with her ultimate thoughts, her reasoning led to me completely following her trains of thought in the early stages of the book. She definitely showed the adults a new way to think. Wh...
  • Amy
    I became keenly interested in following Renee Watson's writing career after I picked up This Side of Home. Watson writes heartful (is that even a word?) books about black teens in Portland, Oregon. My one critique about This Side of Home was that I felt it was an issue book looking for a story. Piecing Me Together is a story with issues, and the issues that arise are issues that are not only specific to race and class -- issues of feeling like th...
  • Kelly Hager
    Jade has big dreams but she's not sure how to make them come true. She knows she wants to be an artist (she's currently into collages) and she knows she needs a scholarship to go to college. But...how to get from here to there? Enter a mentoring program. (Which is sort of helpful and sort of not). I loved this book. It's incredibly complicated (Jade is black and attends a mostly white school. Once she started going there, it's affected her relati...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Piecing Me Together through the publisher and Netgalley:Jade lives in a poor neighborhood but received a full scholarship to a private highschool across town away from everything she knows. Her mom had worked as a housekeeper at Emanuel hospital but was fired when some reported her for stealing supplies like juice boxes and Saltine Crackers now she cares for a friend’s Mother who is unable to care for hersel...
  • Ms. Yingling
    A bit more YA than I had hoped; nothing inappropriate, just slow and message driven. More like This Side of Home than What Mama Left Me. Debating. I have one student who is an enormous fan of Watson's, and this was a fine book. I just don't know how many readers I'll have for it. Love Watson's ability to make the city a character in the story.
  • Allie Akins
    Loved this book. It's very eye opening to see Jades point of view being the mentee in an "at risk" program. This book shows that not everyone need's fixing regardless of how much society may thing so. This book is needed though I do wish it was a bit longer! I would have loved to hear more of Jade's story.
  • Clay
    Loved how this book, which could have dealt with its many strong themes in didactic black and white, told its important story through the characters, particularly 16YO Jade, in the gray areas where most of us live. Recommended.
  • Emily
    This book is so beautiful and powerful. I loved it.
  • Peach
    Those are the times I feel secure, feel just fine. I look in the mirror and see my dad's eyes looking back at me, my mom's thick hair, thick everything. And that's when I believe my dark skin isn't a curse, that my lips and hips, hair and nose don't need fixing. That my dream of being an artist and travelling the world isn't foolish. This is a book is so true and welcoming and unbelieving and hopeful, and the only thing that upsets me about this...
  • Isabelle Kratz;)
    I picked this book up on a whim at the library because the beautiful cover caught my eyes, and needless to say, the inside of the book was even more beautiful.this book was eye opening in so many ways. i've learned about the cruel injustice of African Americans throughout American history and the horrible behavior of whites towards African Americans. I hear about the continued injustice during today's times. but reading it is as close to experien...