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True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff
True Believer

chrissycmw, April 17, 2014

Although she's at that age that she could be my grandma, Virginia Euwer Wolff really understands youth, and the process of reaching reconciliation and true understanding with ourselves. In her first book of the trilogy, Make Lemonade, La Vaughn is 14, living with her mother (her dad died when she was a baby) who supports her decision to go to college. In True Believer her mother is given a higher paying job. She reminds her that she's doing this for her, for her big dreams. La Vaughn’s dreams are ones we may all have, and the journey they take her on isn’t without rejection, disappointment, and suspense. This book is cleverly split into four sections to indicate a bump in the road or a stepping stone. I really enjoyed how this was written in its entirety. Wolff is consistent with her ‘stream of consciousness’ style. Though simple to read and understand, her language draws you in with its subtle curiosity�"as the reader, you want to discover what La Vaughn is discovering, and ask the questions she’s asking herself. Again, though the language is simple, Wolff is very successful in her characterization and detail. She creates characters that pose opposition, and ones that you can easily relate with the teens you may have known in high school. La Vaughn, though hurt by an obstacle that presents itself later on, faces the choice to give up everything or continue forward. I was pleased by the ending, but am hooked! I can’t wait to get my hands on the last book of the trilogy.
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