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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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This book is written in an interesting way. The words look like poetry but sound like prose. You don't get all of the details, but you get enough to understand what is going on.

This story is about LaVaughn, a teenage girl who lives on the bad side of town but is determined to go to college. She always does her homework, and she works hard to save her money. One day she takes a babysitting job. She agrees to watch the two children of Jolly, a 17-year-old girl (grown too fast into a woman)who is struggling financially.

Then Jolly loses her job, but LaVaughn decides to stay and help while Jolly looks for another job. LaVaughn helps Jolly get back on her feets and slowly guides her toward a more permanent solution for her life.

I thought the old "make lemonade" idea was going to come off as too cliche, but it was presented in a meaninful way that I really liked.

This book emphasizes hope, hard work, and friendship. It was a good read, and I felt uplifted by it.
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