Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Make Lemonade: Review

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff really left me with my head spinning.

LaVaughn needed a part-time job, something she could do after school to help earn money for college. Jolly needed a babysitter, someone she could trust with two kids while she worked the evening shift.
It didn't matter that LaVaughn was fourteen, —only three years younger than Jolly. It didn't matter that Jolly didn't have a husband —or a mom and dad—, because LaVaughn gives Jolly and her two babies more love and understanding than should be possible for a fourteen-year-old, because if she doesn't no one else will.

It covers so many really tough issues that not many authors dare touch. Things such as poverty, teen mothers, and single moms.

I'm not sure why I picked this book up. I think it was the cover, which is gorgeous by the way.

But this novel is beautifully written in verse that stunned me. As far as I could tell, there was no set rules of grammar that were being followed, which added to the immensity of the story. I could really feel the narrator through the verse and even begin to relate. Everything was said with such exactitude that left a strong, resonating ring through my mind.

If you get a chance, and are in need of something different, I highly recommend that you pick this one up! There is a sequel, and I might read it if I can find it!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Stuff Hipsters Hate

Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Indifferent by Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich

Stuff Hipsters Hate is a laugh out loud account of what exactly makes a hipster.
From their dress to hygiene habits to music taste, this book shows who (or who isn't) a hipster.

I really enjoyed this book. I don't usually pick up humor, but I'm really glad that this caught my eye on display! I was laughing the whole time I was reading, so much that I couldn't put it down! I absolutely loved the pictures and graphs that the book included, and I feel like I actually learned something in a strange way.

The writing style was witty and interesting. Everything was written very factually, but it was never boring.

I highly recommend for anyone in the need of a just-for-fun read!