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!


Brittany said...

I really like your blog! Great review :)

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