These are questions to guide your reading of Piecing Me Together. We will discuss the book when we begin school in August, and you will be asked to write a short reflection on it.
1. Which character did you relate to the most? What made her relatable to you?
2. Watson has said, “I think young people want to talk about race, class, and social issues, but so many times they learn from adults that those conversations are taboo or too uncomfortable to have.” What scenes, ideas, or quotes in this book could be especially good discussion-starters?
3. Jade expresses the following:
“Mrs. Parker always has some kind of opportunity to tell me about…but sometimes I wish I could say, Oh, no, thank you, Mrs. Parker. I have enough opportunities. My life is full of opportunities. Give an opportunity to someone else. But girls like me, with coal skin and hula-hoop hips, whose mommas barely make enough money to keep food in the house, have to take opportunities every chance we get.”(p. 6-7)
“I want something more from Woman to Woman,” I tell her. “I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I mean, I do like going on all those trips, but sometimes you make me feel like you’ve come to fix me; only, I don’t feel broken. Not until I’m around you.” (p. 174)
Why does Jade feel this way? How might someone unknowingly contribute to these feelings?
4. Like Jade, many of you face a long commute to school when you could attend a neighborhood school. In what ways is your journey like Jade’s? In what ways does your journey differ?
5. In describing a friend, Jade says, “When we misunderstand each other we listen again. And again.” How can listening, just listening, be a way in which we can work toward greater understanding of the differences that divide us?