June 1, 2017
Piecing Me Together
"That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?" ~ pg. 252
What an appropriate title for my current state of mind and for this story. Bookhearts, let me share this good read.
Jade was taught to take every opportunity. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school. She committed to Saturday morning test prep classes. She even separated her neighborhood friends from school friends because like so many intelligent brown girls, the two often don't intermingle. But when she accepts the opportunity to join a mentorship program, it crosses the line from helpful to demeaning. The program is really for "at risk" black girls in so-called bad neighborhoods.
If you ever grew up privileged, attended schools outside of your neighborhood, or even work in a predominantly-white organization, you will for sure relate to the main character. Jade is navigating her way through life while also teaching people older than her how to act right. I am sure that Jade's story is like so many others in the real world.
Piecing Me Together is a well-written story that I recommend to graduating seniors, college freshmen and other young adults. It is about race, culture, identity and friendships. It may hit home or may remind you of someone. Do me a favor and pass this book along. It is worth reading!
Title: Piecing Me Together
Author: Renee Watson
Published: February 2017