Make Lemonade

Wolff, Virginia Euwer

Paperback - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Make Lemonade
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0805080708
Branch Call Number: FIC W
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 19 cm.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • Olive13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This Social Issues book, Make Lemonade, made me realize just how many people there are in the world and how many problems exist! It was truly an interesting read!

Aug 17, 2013
  • yellow_swan_11 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is an emotional story. It also teaches people life lessons that could happen to anybody. It makes readers feel better about themselves when they read about the different problems that one of the character experienced.

Dec 17, 2012
  • alangone rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

First person narrative written in verse. LaVaughn is 14 and wants to go-- is determined to go-- to college. She has lots of support from her mother and her teachers and while it will not be easy, she is going to get out. LaVaughn agrees to babysit for 17 year old single mother -2 kids- Jolly because she needs to save money for college. Jolly, with no support, is, of course, a mess. Their unlikely friendship helps Jolly find her way to a better life and gives LaVaughn some important life lessons.

I am glad is stuck with this book-- it was recommended by a young patron. Initially, i thought i knew where the story was headed-- yadddah yaddah yaddah-- but i was wrong. The story is not new but it is very real and is told in an honest and truthful way that is hopeful without being deceptively simple or trite. I really enjoyed it and just added the rest of the trilogy to the ya collection. And the verse style really enhances the telling.

Sep 19, 2011
  • Trowbridgec rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is very good. I would recomend it to a younger audience, mostly young teens. The writing style is different than most books and is good for quick reading. A good book for someone who struggles to keep their attention focused. The sequel True Believer is just as good.... If not better.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • Olive13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • Olive13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Make Lemonade, by Virginia Euwer Wolff, was about a mother named Jolly, who REALLY needed help! She was a single mother with two kids, Jeremy and Jilly, a job that payed her minimum wage, and an apartment that was about to slip right through her fingers! Along came a fourteen-year old named LaVaughn who was ready to babysit, and was especially excited to make money to save up for college expenses, when she finds herself stuck in a family with no structure OR cleanliness! Eventually, Jolly is fired from her job and with no money to support her kids, she can't pay LaVaughn. The only thing that keeps LaVaughn going is the sweet kids and Jolly's desperation...


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Jul 09, 2014
  • Olive13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Me, I'm going for the phone and Jeremy's already there and I see like a close-up of a movie, he has the receiver up in his face and he has his two fingers on the 9 and he pushes the button hard and lets it go just right and I grab it and do the remaining pushing, 1 and 1 real fast.


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