It has been a while since I have taken the time to stop and write a post about a book that I love. Piecing Me Together is one of those books that needs to be put in the hands of every young female in high school. It is about dreaming big when people want to “put you in a box” and label you as something you aren’t. It is about standing up for yourself and what you believe in when you feel like you aren’t being treated fairly. It is about courage and passion and finding your way in this world where “whiteness” tends to overshadow “color.” It is about family and friendships and finding those who will be there for you through thick and thin. Piecing Me Together should be added to every HS classroom library. The more students can read books that they can relate to or that can open their eyes to new perspectives, the better off they will be.
Summary by Goodreads:
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 invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.
But 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 difference.
Friendships, race, privilege, identity—this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.
If this one isn’t on your to-read list, I recommend adding it today.