A YA novel about Jade, a black girl straddling two worlds: her homelife and her fancy private school. She is given opportunities at school to better herself. While she appreciates these gestures, she wonders why she is only given these opportunities for improvement instead of "fun" opportunities. Ultimately, she is paired with a mentor, a black business woman. This book, without beating you over the head, encompasses not only race and class issues but race and class issues within the African American community. It's about Jade finding her voice and dealing with a myriad of micro and macro aggressions both in school and outside. If you liked The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, you will like this as well.— Audrey
A timely and powerful story about a teen girl striving for success in a world that too often feels like it wants to break her.
Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And 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. And just because Maxine, her college-graduate 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.
About the Author
RENEE WATSON is the acclaimed author of the teen novel, This Side of Home, and two picture books: Harlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, which was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her middle grade novel, What Momma Left Me debuted as an ABA New Voices Pick. She lives in New York City.www.reneewatson.net@harlemportland (Instagram)