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Piecing Me Together
Piecing Me Together | Rene Watson
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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.
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Samara_Kipnis
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Here‘s the collage...lots of quotes in it. Not sure if it‘ll make sense to anyone else, but was fun for me.

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Samara_Kipnis
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THE best. I so needed this book. You know when G-d gives you the right thing to read at the right time? It‘s the best. Felt like He was talking to me through certain “Golden Lines” in this book. Love love loved it. Very strongly considering teaching it to my seventh graders this year. Also, definitely inspired me to make a collage. Will post it when I‘m finished, if I‘m brave enough...Thank you, Ms. Watson, thank you.

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Ellen_C
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Outstanding YA novel about a young woman straddling two worlds and trying to prove that she is capable of giving help to others, not just receiving help. Deals with racism, friendship and learning to self-advocate. https://cannonballread.com/2019/06/piecing-me-together-elcicco/

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makingitupdaily
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This was a beautiful and insightful book full of feeling. I was sucked into the story immediately. The world Jade lives in is compelling and real and made me rage against the injustice she experienced so casually every day. Just an overall worthwhile read.

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[Pic: Oak leaves at the nature preserve near my house!]
I thought this book was perfect. I appreciated the threads throughout the book about persistence, self-advocacy, listening, and meeting the needs of the people you love in the way they ask you to meet those needs. I loved the way that Jade challenged the world around her and the perceptions and actions of her friends, family, and mentor.
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LogiKitty
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Geez, this book is such a heavy hitter... Beautiful. #corettascottkingaward #beanstackchallenge

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Simona
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The story is reflection on stereotypes and prejudices of today‘s society, and Jade, black, young, growing girl, is confronted with all of them.
I have to say that the reading of YA literature is very unsatisfying experience for me, I‘m always left with the craving for more, deeper digging into themes ... so, because of that just three ⭐️ from me.

#booked2019 #DiverseMiddleGrade
#ReadingWomenChallenge #YAbookByAwoc

Cinfhen Yeah, I agree!! I feel like something is missing when I read YA. I‘m obviously the WRONG audience for middle grade so I‘m not even going to try and pretend 😂😂 6mo
Simona @Cinfhen This is the reason why I very much dislike challenges with YA/middle grade literature... 6mo
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brandybear22
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A good story, easy to read. Enjoyed. I also liked the integration of Spanish, since it was a main interest of the character and how the cover was chapter 15 and also her art.

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brandybear22
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On the enjoyment of learning Spanish

kgriffith I sent my last text before seeing this. ❤️ 6mo
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Chapter one complete, and I‘m hooked in...

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leinaala
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Everytime I read this book it hits me right in the feels. It is the kind of book you start and don't put down until you are finished. The audiobook narration is also wonderful.

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Schroyel1
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Pretty good. Quick easy read. Liked the first 2/3 more than the last 1/3. I give the book a B-

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pocketmermaid
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This book is so amazing. White people need to read this. Jade, a black teen girl, has a lot to tell you about her life and we all need to hear it.

kspenmoll A student of mine is reading this & excited about it. Told him I would read it too. 6mo
pocketmermaid @kspenmoll I just finished it a little while ago. It‘s so good. I don‘t have the words. 6mo
kspenmoll @pocketmermaid Thanks for your encouragement! 6mo
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jmtrivera
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This book. I found Jade so empathetic, & this whole book hit me so deep. I occasionally just marked whole pages in my Kindle.
Watson makes a point that girls & women like Jade who are just normal hard workers playing by the rules often don't speak up for themselves - whether for lack of knowledge or opportunity. Jade experiences both, and needs to learn how to manage those situations.
I read the whole thing in a single day. Loved it.

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Similar to The Hate U Give but, in my opinion better. I cared so much about Jade and loved watching her grow and develop throughout the book. Watson was able to pull the reader into Jade‘s world and not let go. When you get to the end of the book and you think, “that‘s it?” It‘s a good book. Read it.

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Gentle, yet penetrating, because of the nuanced layers touching on timely social & political issues. I was made aware of a Portland, Oregon that I hadn‘t known before, seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Jade. She is a collage artist with “coal skin & hula-hoop hips.” Refreshingly, her size is never an issue in the YA sense, & also there‘s no romance to clutter the story. Two adults in her life are also fleshed out & authentic women. Excellent!

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Lindy
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Things That Are Black and Beautiful:

A Starless Night Sky
Storm Clouds
Onyx
Clarinets
Ink
Panthers
Black Swans
Afro Puffs
Michelle Obama

Me

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Lindy
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“They look like if you walk up to the paintings and say hello, they will say hi back to you. They look like regal queens but also like my next-door neighbours.”

—Main character, on seeing a Kehinde Wiley exhibition. (Above image is detail from one of Wiley‘s paintings.)

TrishB I enjoyed this book 👍🏻 10mo
Lindy @TrishB Me too. I was the one who suggested it for my YA book club and the discussion is tonight. We always have two books, but I haven‘t been able to get hold of the other one: 10mo
TrishB That‘s weird - less than Qd on Amazon UK! 10mo
Lindy @TrishB True, I could have ordered it, but I hate ordering anything besides airline & show tickets online. I‘m lucky to have great library services where I live, because I couldn‘t afford my book-a-day habit otherwise. (I do buy a couple of books from a bookstore each month, usually to support local authors.) Anyway, McCaughrean‘s is not yet in our library collection. 10mo
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Lindy
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This novel about a teenaged collage artist had me googling references to real-life African American collage artists like Mickalene Thomas (see image above) and Romare Bearden.

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Honestly and artfully done ♥️

HippieChickHomeschool My all time favorite love quote 10mo
riversong153 This is a good book 10mo
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Lindy
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Serendipity: concurrent books with charitable organizations in them called Woman to Woman.

saresmoore “Well, Lindy, are you listening?” -The Universe 10mo
Lindy @saresmoore I‘m listening but not understanding. 😐 10mo
saresmoore Well, yes, I resonate with that! 10mo
Lindy @saresmoore The Universe needs to improve their communication skills. 😉 10mo
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Abby2
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Loved it!

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TrishB
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#goodtogether #septemberdanes
A good Y/A read 👍🏻

Kalalalatja Sounds interesting! 12mo
smilingshelves I just read this one a couple weeks ago. It was really good! 12mo
Cinfhen Probably NOT for me 🤨🤪 12mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen nope, not for you 😘 12mo
TrishB @smilingshelves I enjoyed it 👍🏻 12mo
KB253 Sounds interesting & will probably help me not make a fool of myself when I engage young "at risk" women. Checking my local library for it before National Mentoring Month--January?? 12mo
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I'm on a long-term quest to read all of the Newbery books. Every year, I read a decade of winners (this year it was the 1970s), one year's Honor books (2014, this year) and the current year's winner and Honor books. This is my last book to accomplish all of those goals this year!

BucklingBookshelves And months ahead of schedule — with a new baby no less! Woo hoo! I tend to not do so well with reading schedules like this, but it does seem like such an organized way to work on this goal 📚📚📚 12mo
Tamra Good one to end on! 12mo
smilingshelves @Bucklingbkshelf I tried really hard to get most of the books read before baby arrived, so I wouldn't have to worry about it. My problem with goals like this is that I let them stress me out. It'll feel good to check this one off with months to spare! 12mo
smilingshelves @Tamra I'm looking forward to this one! 12mo
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jmtrivera
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I held out to see if I could finish my reread of To Kill a Mockingbird before July ended, but I'm still at least a half hour away. Still! July has been my best reading month so far this year! Big winners: Ghost, The Hate U Give, Patina, Piecing Me Together, and Archie, Volume 5. Hope August can be even half this good! #JulyWrapUp #Julyinbooks18

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Definitely recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This fantastic YA book deserves all of its accolades. Jade badly wants to escape the poverty of her life in the North Portland neighborhood where she lives, but her rich private school and her mentoring program for black teens only seem to reinforce her sense of not belonging. This book doesn‘t have any easy answers for questions of race, class, and privilege, but it deals with them all smartly. #hubchallenge #ya #newberyhonor

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riversong153
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I think Piecing Me Together goes well with Alicia Keys‘ Girl on Fire. The main character in this book has a lot stacked against her but she‘s on fire anyway!! Some of her story really hit home https://youtu.be/J91ti_MpdHA
#RoadTripGiveaway I‘ll be at BookCon on Sunday #BookCon2018 @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Great selection! 1y
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Ashley85
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Uh, this book is giving me life. This is a perfect description of how I have felt many times.

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Watson‘s elegantly crafted novel speaks to the myriad of people who find themselves searching for themselves in the world.

CoffeeNBooks I have a copy of this, and it's next on my TBR stack! 1y
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Love this. I‘m enjoying this book so far. 👍🏾 #thankful #gratitude

AndreaReads LOVED this book! 💕 1y
robinb Oh wow....that sentence!!! ❤️ 1y
Ashley85 @robinb I know right?! (edited) 1y
robinb @Ashley85 true, so true! I‘ve got to read this... (edited) 1y
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A wonderful read! This is a story of a young black teen trying to learn how to stand up and speak for herself, to not quit when the going gets tough, to navigate a world where young black Americans are being beaten and shot down in the streets because of the color of their skin. I‘m excited to incorporate this book into my curriculum next year with my 7/8 graders! #IReadYA #ReadDiverseLit #TeachersofLitsy

TrishB A good read 👍🏻 1y
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AndreaReads
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“...knowing how to read words and knowing when to speak them is the most valuable commodity a person can have.”

Love this quote! This has been such a great read so far!

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AndreaReads
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So I have been in a terrible slump lately...I only read three and a half books in April and three of those were professional books... BUT my librarian and I have designed a challenge for our students to read diverse books, and these are her first couple of recs (I want to read as many as I can over the summer so that I will have a treasure trove of book recs for students participating). I‘m finally feeling excited about reading again! #ReadDiverse

riversong153 Piecing Me Together was good and it was a quick read! 1y
vkois88 I just finished Lily and Dunkin... it was so good. 1y
JaclynW I love diverse books! I can't wait to see the rest that you read over the summer! I need more good recommendations.😊 1y
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Less than four hours left to go here in the #readathon! I can‘t stop yawning, but I‘m going to stay up and read book seven. I‘ve heard amazing things about this one. Any other Littens still awake? - @Liberty 📚

TrishB This is a good read 👍🏻 1y
Andrew65 I‘m awake and going again but it is 9.55 am here. Three hours to go. 1y
CareBear I fell asleep for a few hours but am back at it for the last 3 hours!! 1y
nelehelen Meee but i started late hehe 1y
Vikz I managed to keep reading until about two o'clock last night. Then gave up. I will continue today. 1y
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Tamra
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Insightful brown protagonist coming of age, piecing together who she will become. Will read more of Watson!

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I loved this so much.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My evening reads today.

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TrishB
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Thanks to @LauraBeth for recommending this with her lovely review last week.
This was a wonderful book, tearing your heart in one minute, then filling it up the next. Great awareness raising. Reminding us all of privileges and non-privileged and that we should be thinking about this everyday.

batsy Great review! Look forward to it. 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds excellent 👍🏻❤️ 1y
TrishB @batsy @Cathythoughts it packs a lot into a short book! 1y
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Cinfhen Oooh, I missed the review by @LauraBeth need to catchup 😉 1y
LauraBeth I‘m so glad you liked it! 💕💕 1y
TrishB @LauraBeth a gentle book with a big message 💜 1y
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Truly heart breaking statements in this book 💔

TheBookHippie I've read it twice ..buckets of tears ... 1y
TrishB @TheBookHippie it was amazing. 1y
TheBookHippie @TrishB one of "my kids" is exactly her ? 1y
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TrishB
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#newbook #marchinbooks
Started this morning on my commute 😁

batsy This sounds so good 👍🏽 1y
GatheringBooks looks fierce! :) 1y
LauraBeth 🙌🙌 1y
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TrishB
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#bookmail
Tagged book as recommended by @LauraBeth this was Qf.99 but in the offer of 2 for Qf ?‍♀️ so of course I had to buy another one! Bit all over the place with the Charlie Parker series - have 1-4, 6, 7, 9 and 14! Must do better! To be clear though I‘m not reading out of order as I‘ve only read 1-3 so far!!

RachelO Sounds amazing! And I think John Connolly's here on a booksho tour next week... 1y
Birdsong28 It would have been rude not to take up the offer 😂😂 📚📖 1y
TrishB @RachelO I did look at that and the timings didn‘t fit for me- I shall have a recheck! 1y
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TrishB @Birdsong28 exactly 😁 1y
CaitlinR Love John Connolly and Charlie Parker. Eagerly awaiting US release on his new book. 1y
TrishB @CaitlinR another blame it in Litsy for me , specifically @DeborahSmall 😁 1y
LauraBeth 🙌🙌 Hope you enjoy it! 1y
TrishB @LauraBeth if it has no animals in I may read next!! (Linked to book I‘m currently reading!) 1y
DeborahSmall @CaitlinR @TrishB I have a ticket to see him in Tuesday but not sure if I‘ll make it 🙈 1y
TrishB @DeborahSmall he is coming to Liverpool in a couple of weeks but have something else planned so probably not able to make it either. 😔 1y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My library holds came in.

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LauraBeth
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If I could point y‘all to just ONE book right now - it is this one! We ALL need to be talking about this book and putting it in peoples‘ hands. So complex. So nuanced. So quiet. So good.

“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.”

TheBookHippie I read it the day it came out!!!! I keep buying copies for kids!!!! Paperback should be out soon!!! Sooooo gooood!💗📖 1y
LauraBeth @TheBookHippie 💕💕My kid was the one who said, “Mom - you HAVE to read this!!” I thought she was overreacting when she said that but she was spot on in making me read it! 1y
Tamra I just ordered it yesterday, looking forward to it! 1y
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LauraBeth Looking forward to hearing your thoughts @Tamra ! 1y
batsy Lovely review. Already stacked and looking forward to reading it (hopefully soon! ☺️) 1y
AceOnRoam Stacked! 1y
emilyhaldi Noted! ☑️ 1y
WhatDeeReads I had the exact same response when I read it. 1y
mrp27 This one has been on my radar for quite sometime. Going to have to bump it up! 1y
sprainedbrain Stacking! 1y
LauraBeth @batsy, @AceOnRoam, @emilyhaldi, @mrp27, @sprainedbrain I‘m looking forward to hearing y‘all‘s thoughts about it! 1y
TrishB So I just got an Amazon gift card 👍🏻 brought this one 💕 1y
LauraBeth It‘s so good @TrishB! Hope you love it ❤️ 1y
TrishB It sounds great 😁 1y
RaimeyGallant Agreed. I'm itching to add it to my tbr. It's not me who's reluctant. It's my tbr. She's mean. 1y
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theshrinkette
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This book is so stunning and complex, I can't believe more people aren't talking about it. Renée Watson is such an elegant writer. I'm only sorry that I didn't pick it up sooner.

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theshrinkette
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I woke up at 6 a.m for a meeting and this is my reward. #currentlyreading

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riversong153
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This was a really quick read about a young black girl dealing with the complex facets of her life. On the one hand she lives in a poor neighborhood with a well meaning mother who works a lot to provide for her. On the other hand she goes to a prestigious high school populated by mostly white rich students. Then there‘s her mentor, wealthy black woman who‘s an alumna from her high school. It captures race/class relations realistically.

RaimeyGallant Sounds interesting. 1y
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This was such a beautiful story. Very deserving of the recognition it‘s been getting. One of my favorites of the year so far.

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riversong153
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“ I think about this as I ride to school. How am I someone‘s answered prayer but also someone‘s deferred dream.”

Just starting this one today!

RaimeyGallant Love this. 1y
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