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.
I read the ebook version via Libby.
I had never heard of this book before, but I saw it on Libby and it felt like it was the type of book that I should be reading. I am so glad that this was on Libby and it came across my radar as this was one of the best books I have read.
This was YA, but I thought this was one of those stories that would appeal to any age group. Jade was such a great character and I loved seeing how much she grew into herself throughout the book. Jade knew that what kind of person she wanted to be, and she knew where she wanted to go in her life but she didn’t quite know how she was going to get there, and this story explored how Jade grew within herself to understand herself, and the people around her.
This was a perfect read. Five stars.