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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Make Lemonade (edition 2006)

by Virginia Euwer Wolff

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Title:Make Lemonade
Authors:Virginia Euwer Wolff
Info:Square Fish (2006), Paperback, 208 pages
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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff


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LaVaughn is getting out of the ghetto, even if it is her mother's last wish. Her mother has put all of her effort into making sure LaVaughn doesn't make any mistakes, whether it be in school or in her social life. So, when LaVaughn takes a babysitting job for a teenager with two kids living in a crappy apartment, her mother isn't too pleased. But LaVaughn sees that Jolly desperately needs her help. Jolly loses her job after being sexually assaulted by her boss and LaVaughn stops getting paid. But LaVaughn can't leave Jeremy, Jilly, and Jolly on their own. She helps everyday after school, even after the paychecks stop. Jolly doesn't know the simplest thing about taking care of a household and LaVaughn is just trying to help, much to the dismay of her mother. And LaVaughn does help immensely. Jolly goes back to school after saving Jilly from choking on something and eventually stops needing LaVaughn's help.

I enjoyed this book for a few reasons.
1. I thought it was really awesome of Virginia Euwer Wolff to portray Jolly in such a way that is realistic but also in a way that shows how strong she is.
2. I love that race is never mentioned in the characters. Rather than racially stereotyping, we are left to figure it out on our own.
3. Stylistically, Wolff does so many cool things with her verse. ( )
  haileyblatter | Nov 17, 2018 |
ALA BBYA. RGG: Written in free verse, a story about a teenage girl's connection to an unwed mother and her two young children. Really a story about overcoming adversity.
  rgruberhighschool | Sep 19, 2017 |
ALA BBYA. RGG: Written in free verse, a story about a teenage girl's connection to an unwed mother and her two young children. Really a story about overcoming adversity.
  rgruberhighschool | Sep 17, 2017 |
The story of LaVaughn and a young mother told through pages of free verse poetry. LaVaughn babysits for this young mother, but ends up learning and doing a lot more
  savannahgatesstacy | Nov 29, 2016 |
LaVaughn has high aspirations: she wants to go to college, something that people in her neighborhood rarely do. To make money for college, she takes a job babysitting Jeremy and Jilly, the two children of a girl only a few years older than LaVaughn herself. Can LaVaughn work and keep up with her studies, or will she get pulled into the drama of the struggling family she's working for?

This verse novel is a quick, thought-provoking read as LaVaughn searches for balance. I enjoyed it, but probably will not bother with the sequels. ( )
  foggidawn | Apr 27, 2016 |
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LaVaughn, a girl from the slums with dreams of attending college, takes a regular babysitting job for a single teen parent even more impoverished than herself.
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An award-winning novel about growing up and making choices

Viginia Euwer Wolff's groundbreaking novel, written in free verse, tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college--she just needs the money to get there. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.

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In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.

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