Sunday 31 October 2010
Make Lemonade and True Believer, Virginia Euwer Wolff
but I haven't read it yet.
She lives with her Mom,
She's going to college,
which no one else in her apartment ever did before.
It's not easy for LaVaughn.
She has to earn her way through babysitting for Jolly's two kids.
Jolly is even worse off than LaVaughn,
seventeen, two kids and no husband,
She needs to save up her money,
she can't afford to work for free,
for Jolly so she doesn't end up like Jolly.
And Jolly can't afford to pay LaVaughn
she can't manage on her own.
LaVaughn tries to help Jolly to get herself out of this rut,
get herself back to school so she can get a decent job,
which saves her littlest baby's life.
Meanwhile LaVaughn's best friends are growing away from her,
and her childhood friend Jody
wouldn't it be good if Jody likes her like she likes Jody?
I first read True Believer when it was brand new,
several years after its predecessor,
It worked on its own and I didn't really need to have read Make Lemonade.
LaVaughn is a bright girl defying her circumstances
a likeable teenager with whom it is easy to identify.
She tells her story in free verse,
with simplicity and at the same time enough colour
that I realise I have a much fuller picture of her world and her life
since I was sixteen.
Back then it said, "coming soon," but it never was published