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True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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Dec 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 9th-grade-advisory
Read in January, 2010

LaVaughn's life was so far average. That is, until her childhood friend moves back into her building. He's Jody, and he's changed a lot. LaVaughn doesn't see him as her old childhood friend anymore. She sees him as her possible boyfriend. Everything's going smoothly; she hangs out with Jody and takes in his scent, and he seems to be interested in her too. But then, LaVaughn's world starts to slowly crumble when her friends start to distance themselves from her and her mother finds a new boyfriend. She sees nothing wrong in her mother dating again, but this boyfriend wants to move them away to a safer neighborhood to live, without all the shootings and the killings. LaVaughn can't bear to leave behind her friends and Jody. Especially Jody. The only people there to support her through her problems are the people in her afterschool grammar help club. These people and the club are the key to getting into college. Will she succeed and keep Jody close to her at the same time?

This book is very different from most books I've read, because Virginia Wolff writes in poetry. It wasn't hard to follow along, because all the ideas were neat and not all over the place. I could almost feel LaVaughn's pain and suffering and all the emotions running through her. I don't think everyone would like this book, though, because not everyone enjoys poetry.
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