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...
  • Warda
    Read for The Reading Rush readathon. Challenge: read a book in the same spot the entire time.
  • Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
    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...
  • Kay
    #RWLChallenge: A book with black artists, dancers or musicians (own voices)My only issue is that it is too short. LOL.
  • 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.
  • Kiera
    Piecing Me Together follows Jade, a young girl living in a poor neighborhood in North Portland. She attends St. Francis, a private school on the other side of town. Being one of the only black kids attending St. Francis sometimes Jade feels like an outsider. When the school counselor recommends that she join a woman to woman mentor program she learns that she can make a difference. Piecing Me Together is a beautiful, beautiful book written by New...
  • 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...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    Piecing Me Together was beautifully, almost lyrically, written. It was powerful, honest and contained so many important messages that need to be said. If you’re looking for a short read that packs a punch, this is one I’d definitely recommend.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • BookOfCinz
    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 am not usually one for YA books but this one blew me over! I absolutely loved Renee Watson's Piecing Me Together . The book is told from the point of view of the main character Jade. She is a young girl from a poor neighborhood who won a scholarship to a prestigious mainly white school. Jade sho...
  • 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...
  • Eeiko
    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.
  • Romie
    Did I sob throughout the last hundred pages? Yes. There goes my heart and feelings.This book is so powerful! I hadn't expected it. I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into, and wow I'm shook. It's a book about women power, women empowering other women, women making a difference, women getting what they deserve.4.75
  • 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...