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This Full House (Make Lemonade #3)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  547 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
Each discovery disturbs the arrangements of the known world, and it is our job to stay alert to all possibilities.

LaVaughn believes she is keeping alert to all possibilities. She has made it through the projects, she’s gotten over heartbreak, she’s grown up, and now she’s been admitted to the Women in Science program that might finally be her ticket to COLLEGE. But the dis
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Published January 27th 2009 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published April 1st 2008)
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Lee Anne
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Feb 21, 2009 Leah rated it it was amazing
I was in summer camp and desperate for books when, out of desperation, I borrowed a book written in blank verse and decided to give it a try. Wow! Virginia Euwer Wolff is a magician with language; after reading her books, you almost feel like all emotionally powerful books need to be written in blank verse. "This Full House," the final book in her Make Lemonade trilogy, follows LaVaughn as she continues to reach for her dream of going to college, help her friend Jolly, and (in a somewhat minor k ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This sequel to Make Lemonade and True Believer is definitely my favorite. I love how everything comes together at the end, and how the characters grow. I especially like all the science involved. Dr. Moore's inspiring speech to the Women in Medicine girls in chapter 22 should be given to all girls interested in science. I wish my school had had a summer science program! I did wonder how a student lab assistant could have permission to use valuable and expensive equipment to do DNA testing withou ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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THIS FULL HOUSE is the conclusion to the MAKE LEMONADE trilogy by Virginia Euwer Wolff. It will be on store shelves in January of 2009. It has been fifteen years since the first book about LaVaughn and Jolly. Having just finished the Advanced Reader's Copy of THIS FULL HOUSE, I can say it was worth the wait.

High school student LaVaughn and single mother Jolly first met in MAKE LEMONADE. LaVaughn reluctantly took on the job of babys
Mar 10, 2010 Jami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This was a nice conclusion to the Make Lemonade series, but it didn't really feel like the same caliber as True Believer. It was nice to get to see LaVaughn move forward with her dreams and stay true to her goals. A few things bothered me about the book, though.

For one, LaVaughn is now a 17-year-old girl in her senior year of high school, yet it feels like she has the maturity of a much younger girl (despite her high intelligence). It just felt to me that a girl who has gone through what she has
The Library Lady
Apr 28, 2009 The Library Lady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, there are tons of flaws here, things I just knew would happen, few surprises. But I'm not going to pick holes in this book.
Because I simply loved it--responded to it on an emotional level and don't feel the flaws diminished my pleasure in it one bit.

And I am sure that the young adults who read this will feel the same way.
And THAT is who this was written for.
Jun 13, 2009 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, 2009, bbya2009
I really wish I liked this more.

I loved the first two books in the trilogy so much - and then waited (and waited) for the third. All that anticipation may have killed this for me. Where the first books felt tender and delicate, this felt hackneyed with hideously unbelievable plot twists. I still love LaVaughn - but she deserved a better send off.
3.5 stars i'm thinking
still enjoyed it for the most part but had some issues and not as good, imo, as the first 2.
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Nov 17, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.
I liked it, but I would definitely say that I enjoyed the first & second books more. Parts of this book moved a bit slower causing me to lose interest in some points
Claire Scott
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Brooke Shirts
May 03, 2009 Brooke Shirts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sastisfying conclusion to Wolff's Make Lemonade trilogy, although I didn't find it quite as electrifying as its predecessors. Wolff's voices are as eloquent and raw as before, but in the desire to wrap up all possible plot threads, the story suffered. LaVaughn's bigger-than-life mother is sadly relegated to the sidelines, although Jolly, Jilly, and Jeremy have a bigger starring role.

LaVaughn is a high school senior, and enrolled in a special extracurricular program called Women in Medical Scie
Jul 06, 2011 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
*A bit TOO much science vocab and facts to keep my interest. I skimmed a few of those chapters.
*Wildly contrived plot, although ultimately touching.
*The author lives about 20 miles from me, yet the book's setting seems to be No Place. The inscription on the skyway at the university is that of PSU's ("Let Knowledge Serve the City") but the character's take different buses to get there and to the museum, which in reality are blocks apart. I suppose it's meant to be universal, but because
Wow--that's all I can say after reading this book that is the conclusion to the Make Lemonade trilogy. In this last book, LaVaughn is much older and college-bound; she is accepted into a special science program. As part of this special women in science group, LaVaughn's self confidence begins to grow, but she almost ruins everything when she takes a chance that puts her entire future in jeopardy because she is trying to heal herself after her father's death.

The one complaint I have with the book
May 09, 2011 Tammie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished it today! What a lovely finish to this series!! What a beautiful book!!! I will think about these books for a long time, they are now part of me. LaVaughn is brave and beautiful and those around her don't understand her, she doesn't understand herself...who does!?!? Especially teens.
LaVaughn gets accepted into a Women in Science program and her guidance counselor gives her know the difference between right and wrong and you act in accordance with your conscience using that
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
After waiting for so long for this "concluding" volume, I am probably one of the hardest readers to please. So, whatever I feel should not be taken too seriously by other readers.

I guess that I have been building in my mind for the past 7 years how I wanted LaVaughn's story to go -- and whom I wanted to see more and what I wanted to happen. I definitely did not expect to see so little of Jody, and even though Patrick is such a big part of the story, his presence is so slight and flimsy on the p
Nov 28, 2011 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is LaVaughn’s senior year, and she has one important thing on her mind: college. She wants the opportunity to go to college, to work in a hospital and be a nurse, to succeed and fulfill her dream. However, she’s unsure if she will be able to reach her goal. Then, she learns of a program through the guidance counselor: Women In Medical Science, or WIMS for short. It would be a dream for her to go to this program and would bring her one step closer to becoming a nurse. However, memories and o ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LaVaughn, who hopes to become a nurse, enrolls in a Women in Medical Science program; her best friend Annie becomes pregnant; Jolly, the woman she used to baby-sit for, is studying to get her GED; there are rumors that LaVaughn's WIMS teacher, Dr. Moore, once lost a baby. These stories become intertwined in unexpected and not entirely believabe ways.

I really have some misgivings about the way race is handled in this book and the others in the series. I think ultimately it ends up erasing or nega
Mar 31, 2016 Coleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 stars) Third in the trilogy, This Full House continues the story of LaVaughn, an inner city teen who is now 17 years old and beginning to think about the possibility of college. In this installment, the book explores ethics and choices, as well as motherhood and/or the absence of a mother.

All of the books in this series are written in verse, although as a reader of the audiobook version in this and the previous book, I really could not tell. I felt that book #3 was on par with the previous
Kelly Moore
This book is the third in the trilogy that began with Make Lemonade and True Believer. It took years (about 7 or something) between True Believer and This Full House, and there was a lot about the plot and characters that I didn't remember, but after reading a few pages of This Full House I was completely immersed in that world again. It's a realistic story set in a poor urban community about teenagers trying to succeed in various ways despite the many hardships that seem to be burying them. The ...more
Amanda Parker
I liked this book, but not as much as the first two in the series. LaVaugh changes, she doesn't struggle as much, and she uncovers a secret that she shouldn't have. The first two books in this sereis show mental, emotional, and value growth for LaVaugh, but in the third book her character isn't as strong as it was before. I did like to see LaVaughn work hard to advance herself academically and to find her niche, but it seemed to be at a price where she comprimised her personal values. That being ...more
Jen McConnel
Oct 20, 2012 Jen McConnel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For years, I've intended to read these three novels in verse by Virginia Euwer Wolff, and after spending a week at the Highlights Foundation Workshop with Virginia as one of my instructors, I finally took the time to dive in.


I wish I'd read these books when I was still teaching middle school!

The final book in the Make Lemonade trilogy is This Full House. We've jumped a few years, and LaVaughn is now in her senior year of high school. She's working at the children's hospital, and her science
Abby Johnson
Feb 10, 2009 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blogged
LaVaughn has had one goal on her mind for years now: escape her poor inner-city neighborhood and go to college. Now she's a senior in high school and she's in a Women in Medical Science group... she's finally on her way. But life gets complicated when one of her friends gets pregnant and LaVaughn will struggle to find the meaning of the word "family".

I've been waiting for this book to come out for a long time and I was so happy to live in LaVaughn's world for awhile! Sure, a big plot point was
I don't want to say I was disappointed with the last book in the trilogy but... maybe I was? Just a tiny bit?

Let's be honest, give me a big fat book about LaVaughn and I'm happy, because I'm not even sure I have the words to tell you how much I love LaVaughn and LaVaughn's mom. And Jody! And, god, Patrick! And, obviously, Jolly and her darling kids.

But I'm not sure I loved the plot that dominated the later half of the book. Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying that a Jolly-centric plotline isn't
Having read parts 1 and 2 of the ‘Make Lemonade’ series, I felt I had to finish the trilogy. After an impressive book 1, book 2 (True Believer) was a pretty big letdown.

In book 3, LaVaughn is getting closer to college. She receives an invitation to a Women in Science program and it blown away with the commitment of the students and the director, Dr. Moore. A bizarre encounter with Dr. Moore sets LaVaughn down a path that takes her towards an amazing discovery – one that she wishes she didn’t hav
LaVaughn is in the last year of high school and still as unyielding in her determination to go to college in this third book of the Make Lemonade trilogy. She has been invited to become a part of Women in Science, a group of young women who have the intelligence but lack the resources to continue their education. LaVaughn thrives in this environment but retains her friendship with Myrtle, Annie and Jolly. She finds that life is never black and white and that even though one feels they are doing ...more
Mar 23, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
There are some characters, families really, whose stories you welcome and sink into joyfully. I'm thinking of the Tillermans and the Cassons. I feel that way about LaVaughn. Then, too, I'm the kind of reader who revels in language and ideas that are unfamiliar, so I loved learning about the science right along with her. LaVaugn's college goal is almost thwarted when she notes the astonishing similarity between her friend Jolly and the doctor who teaches her enrichment class and I found that prem ...more
Mar 20, 2010 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: Lisa
I was leaning toward four stars for this book, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I think it only deserved three stars.

This was the conclusion to the Make Lemonade trilogy. My favorite of the three was True Believer - I'd say this was probably my least favorite of the trilogy. Still good, but the least real and believable, I thought.

It's hard for me to explain the issues I had with the book because all of them involved major plot points and I don't want to "spoil" it. But
Mar 20, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LaVaughn is one of the most three-dimensional characters I have ever read; her character voice is incredibly honest and so truthfully written, even down to the way in which she speaks. As in the first two books, I found myself connecting with her on so many levels; she deals with life in realistic ways, and the other characters, too, have their moments in connecting with the reader. Wolff has carefully crafted LaVaughn's coming of age over the course of the three novels in this series, and this ...more
This is the third in the "Make Lemonade" trilogy and was my least favorite, though it was still fantastic. LaVaughn is in girls in science club, so a lot of the writing was about various aspects of science--cells, biology, DNA, etc. Unlike #2, which was mostly character based, this one had a variety of subplots involving Annie, Jolly, LaVaughn's science teacher, and Patrick. I was absolutely sobbing by the end, tears streaming down my sunscreeny face at my apartment's pool, but the middle was ju ...more
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