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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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Aug 14, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: crime, excellent-high-school-level-reads, excellent-jr-high-school-level-read, social-status, ya-lit, eng-420
Read in October, 2009

This was a beautifully written book. It is about fourteen year-old LaVaughn who takes a babysitting job to help save money for college, and ends up sitting for the two young children of seventeen year-old Jolly, who is woring in a factory and the fathers of her children and Jolly's own parents are out of the picture. They become an unusual foursome as they work together to get by and learn to love and learn from one another. It presents the issues of poverty, teen pregnancy, and single parenting, through the eyes and thoughts of LaVaughn. The writing is not your typical prose, but is more poetic as it is the rhythm of LaVaughn's thoughts through the expereince. It is a wonderful book to talk about point of view with--and there are many section that can stand on their own as simply great pieces of writing and portrayal of an uncommon viewpoint. I loved reading this book, and flew through it!

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