Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Piecing Me Together

by Renée Watson

2018 Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

'Important and deeply moving' JOHN GREEN
'Timely and timeless' JACQUELINE WOODSON

Jade is a girl striving for success in a world that seems like it's trying to break her.

She knows she needs to take every opportunity that comes her way. And she has: every day Jade rides the bus away from her friends to a private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities.

But some opportunities Jade could do without, like the mentor programme for 'at-risk' girls. Just because her mentor is black doesn't mean she understands where Jade is coming from. Why is Jade always seen as someone to fix? But with a college scholarship promised at the end of it, how can Jade say no?

Jade feels like her life is made up of hundreds of conflicting pieces. Will it ever fit together? Will she ever find her place in the world? More than anything, Jade just wants the opportunity to be real, to make a difference.

NPR's Best Books of 2017
A 2017 New York Public Library Best Teen Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2017
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017
Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2017
2018 Josette Frank Award Winner

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Quiet and beautiful, this story will sneak up on you. This is my second book by Watson, and I have a real appreciation for the way she relays her characters experiences and emotions. Honest and unflinching, and in such a way that makes you listen. Jade was a complex young woman with complicated relationships with certain parts of her life, and I really enjoyed getting to see things from her perspective.

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