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Awards

Winner of the 2001 National Book Award, Young People's Literature

Synopses & Reviews

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LaVaughn is fifteen now, and she's still fiercely determined to go to college. But that's the only thing she's sure about. Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man. The two girls she used to do everything with have chosen a path LaVaughn wants no part of. And then there's Jody. LaVaughn can't believe how gorgeous he is...or how confusing. He acts like he's in love with her, but is he?

Review:

"Wolff has surpassed herself with this sequel [to Make Lemonade]....In delving into LaVaughn's life, Wolff unmasks the secret thoughts adolescents hold sacred and, in so doing, lets her readers know they are not alone." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[P]owerful....Transcendent, raw, and fiercely optimistic....A natural for reader's theater, this will capture even reluctant readers." Gillian Engberg, Booklist

Review:

"When Wolff writes a book, it's an event. When she revisits LaVaughn, as she does in True Believer, it is a prodigious gift....Wolff unerringly reveals the inner depths of her heroine....[A] coming-of-age story with both bite and heart, which poses more questions than it answers but never runs out of hope." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] heartbreaking story, truthful in its pain but buoyed by LaVaughn's resilient spirit and by a redemptive and earned ending." Horn Book

Review:

"[O]ffers readers insights into the institutions and social relationships that shape the lives of inner-city teens....Though there's a heap of teen problems here, Wolff is adroit at expressing both the comic and tragic feelings of her young protagonist....A solid addition for high school and young adult collections." School Library Journal

Review:

"Wolff writes in blank verse, and as Verna tells her story, the reader moves in lockstep with her wherever she goes, laughing and crying, celebrating and worrying, wondering and deciding. It is an outstanding continuing portrait of Verna LaVaughn." VOYA

Review:

"Readers, whether they share LaVaughn's material struggles or not, will get right into her life and see how much courage she and her mother have to hope for a better life, and to work diligently to realize that hope." KLIATT

Review:

"True Believer explores issues relevant to today's teens in an honest and sensitive manner. Virginia Euwer Wolff gives readers a moving, beautifully written poignant story, well worth the eight year wait — a story that makes us true believers in LaVaughn and in the tenacity and resiliency of her spirit." Alan Reviews

Synopsis:

In this second novel of Wolff's Make Lemonade trilogy, 15-year old Verna LaVaughn is visited by Jody, a boy she knew as a child who comes back to the housing project where she lives. Jody behaves as if he's in love with her, but Jody is wrestling with questions of his own identity.

Synopsis:

LaVaughn is fifteen now, and she's still fiercely determined to go to college. But that's the only thing she's sure about. Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man. The two girls she used to do everything with have chosen a path LaVaughn wants no part of. And then there's Jody. LaVaughn can't believe how gorgeous he is...or how confusing. He acts like he's in love with her, but is he?

About the Author

Virginia Euwer Wolff is also the author of Probably Still Nick Swansen, The Mozart Season, and Bat 6. She is now at work on the third and final book about LaVaughn. Ms. Wolff lives in Oregon City, Oregon.

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chrissycmw, April 17, 2014 (view all comments by chrissycmw)
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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best book i've read in a long time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689852886
Author:
Wolff, Virginia Euwer
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Single-parent families
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Simon Pulse ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Make Lemonade Trilogy
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c cvr
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 8.05 oz
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 272 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689852886 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Wolff has surpassed herself with this sequel [to Make Lemonade]....In delving into LaVaughn's life, Wolff unmasks the secret thoughts adolescents hold sacred and, in so doing, lets her readers know they are not alone."
"Review" by , "[P]owerful....Transcendent, raw, and fiercely optimistic....A natural for reader's theater, this will capture even reluctant readers."
"Review" by , "When Wolff writes a book, it's an event. When she revisits LaVaughn, as she does in True Believer, it is a prodigious gift....Wolff unerringly reveals the inner depths of her heroine....[A] coming-of-age story with both bite and heart, which poses more questions than it answers but never runs out of hope."
"Review" by , "[A] heartbreaking story, truthful in its pain but buoyed by LaVaughn's resilient spirit and by a redemptive and earned ending."
"Review" by , "[O]ffers readers insights into the institutions and social relationships that shape the lives of inner-city teens....Though there's a heap of teen problems here, Wolff is adroit at expressing both the comic and tragic feelings of her young protagonist....A solid addition for high school and young adult collections."
"Review" by , "Wolff writes in blank verse, and as Verna tells her story, the reader moves in lockstep with her wherever she goes, laughing and crying, celebrating and worrying, wondering and deciding. It is an outstanding continuing portrait of Verna LaVaughn."
"Review" by , "Readers, whether they share LaVaughn's material struggles or not, will get right into her life and see how much courage she and her mother have to hope for a better life, and to work diligently to realize that hope."
"Review" by , "True Believer explores issues relevant to today's teens in an honest and sensitive manner. Virginia Euwer Wolff gives readers a moving, beautifully written poignant story, well worth the eight year wait — a story that makes us true believers in LaVaughn and in the tenacity and resiliency of her spirit."
"Synopsis" by , In this second novel of Wolff's Make Lemonade trilogy, 15-year old Verna LaVaughn is visited by Jody, a boy she knew as a child who comes back to the housing project where she lives. Jody behaves as if he's in love with her, but Jody is wrestling with questions of his own identity.
"Synopsis" by , LaVaughn is fifteen now, and she's still fiercely determined to go to college. But that's the only thing she's sure about. Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man. The two girls she used to do everything with have chosen a path LaVaughn wants no part of. And then there's Jody. LaVaughn can't believe how gorgeous he is...or how confusing. He acts like he's in love with her, but is he?
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