Piecing Me Together

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 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.

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About Renée Watson

Renée Watson is the author of the children’s picture book, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (Random House, June 2010), which was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her middle grade novel, What Momma Left Me debuted as the New Voice for 2010 in middle grade fiction by The Independent Children's Booksellers Association.


    Piecing Me Together Reviews

  • 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 m...

  • 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...

  • 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 execut...

  • 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 i...

  • C.G. Drews

    This was a really LIFEY type of book. And you can argue that "lifey" isn't a word all you want but I'm just going to keep using it because I'm as eloquent as a refried bean. (How do I even REVIEW. It'...

  • 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...

  • 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 a...

  • 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....

  • 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 str...