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!Download E-pub ë Piecing Me Together ï A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Ren e WatsonJade 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 neighborhoodsBut 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 differenceFriendships, race, privilege, identity this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face 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 needbooks 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 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 needbooks 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 coming undone.I wonder if there s ever a way for a girl like me to feel whole I know something happens between the time our mothers and fathers and teachers and mentors send us out into the world telling us, The world is yours, and You are beautiful, and You can be anything, and the time we return to them.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 Something happens when people tell me I have a pretty face, ignoring me from the neck down When I watch the news and see unarmed black men and women shot dead over and over, it s kind of hard to believe this world is mine 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 pieces.Mom s love repairs me The thing is, I don t think I m shy I just don t always know what to say or how to say it I am like Mom in so many ways but not when it comes to things like this She is full of words and bites her tongue for no one I wish I could be that way I m regretting saying yes to this mentorship program So far my mentor has stood me up because of some drama with her boyfriend and shown up in the middle of the night with gifts like that s supposed to make it all better All of this has me wondering, what have I gotten myself into Has me wondering, what is this woman really going to teach me I have never thought about my deserving the good things that have happened in my life Maybe because I know so many people who work hard but still don t get the things they deserve, sometimes not even the things they need I don t know what s worse Being mistreated because of the color of your skin, your size, or having to prove that it really happened I ride through the transition blocks, and then I m back on my side of town Where the river is polluted I am thinking about the fish and the river The giving and learning I am wondering how choices are made about who gets what and how much they get Wondering who owns the river and the line, and the hook, and the worm 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 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 their tones and focal points are different.The Hate U Give is a hard hitting book about one of the most horrific problems facing America today the shooting of unharmed, black teenagers It pulls no punches it rips your heart out it says what needs to be said Piecing Me Together, on the other hand, is a quieter read It s about the everyday microaggressions that Jade faces as a scholarship student at a mostly white school It s about art collages specifically hence the cover and using this as a form of expression It s about careful, nuanced friendships, identity and self worth 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 Jade describes herself as a bigger girl, and the book proceeds to consider standards of beauty and how they are forced upon us But where this book stands out and, really, where it shouldn t stand out is that it is less about relations between black people and white people, andabout class issues within race In Piecing Me Together, Jade joins Women to Women , a program that connects young black teens with older, successful black women in order to hopefully improve their prospects Jade, however, struggles to connect with her mentor Maxine because Maxine grew up surrounded by wealth The author shows these divides along wealth and class lines within race and how this affects relationships between wealthy and poor black women, whilst also showing how racial divides affect the relationship between Jade and her equally poor white friend, Sam It s things like this that really open my eyes to my privilege as a white reader It is thankfully not strange any to read a book with a diverse set of characters, or a book that explores white POC racial divides, but the real test of equality will not be when it s normal to see many POC among the white people on our screens and in our books, but when relationships between POC of different class religion background etc are explored as much as the relationships between white people This book takes some very necessary steps in that direction It s also a powerful coming of age story, made easy to read in one sitting by the author s engaging style Highly recommended for YA Contemporary fans.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube 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, called Woman to Woman, will help her figure out who she is as 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, called Woman to Woman, will help her figure out who she is as a young woman and an aspiring artist Her voice is strong, if only she could learn to use it This is a slow and honest exploration of what it means to be an African American teenager caught between two worlds Race, discrimination, and police brutality are discussed and often shown I couldn t believe the cluelessness of Jade s new white friend.Except, I could, of course I simply did not want to yet again be faced with a character who doesn t understand that racism exists and that if it isn t taken seriously, it will keep on breathing.And you know what racism enjoys feeding on, don t you The hope that minority groups have of living a peaceful life with equal opportunities and a right to appreciate all that the world has to offer, like white people can.It is not perfect 1 Jade s voice is young, even for a junior in high school, 2 the story is calm and, at times, uneventful and 3 the conflict between Jade and her friend was resolved unrealistically fast But 1 There is no romance, 2 despite being slow, it reads very well, with chapters that are sometimes not even one page long and 3 Jade s mentor, Maxine, is a character that grows on you not Jade, her you ll love instantly Still having doubts Did I not mention that there is absolutely no romance whatsoever That s because not all young women think about boys non stop Take note Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin I just cried through the last 40 pages of this Absolutely incredible.