Make Lemonade is a verse novel for young adults, written by Virginia Euwer Wolff and originally published in by Henry Holt and Company. It is the first book in a trilogy series consisting of Make Lemonade, True. Start by marking “Make Lemonade (Make Lemonade, #1)” as Want to Read: Virginia Euwer Wolff's groundbreaking novel, written in free verse, tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college--she just needs the money to get there. Virginia Euwer Wolff is an accomplished violinist and former elementary school and high school English teacher. Her first book for young readers, Probably Still.

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This page guide for “Make Lemonade” by Virginia Euwer Wolff includes LaVaughn tells readers she's recounting the events of the book “just the way it. Jolly is seventeen. She can't really spell. She doesn't have much of a job. And she has two little kids from two different, absent ruthenpress.info knows she can't cope. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.

When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom. With two kids hanging in the balance, they need to make the best out of life -- and they can only do it for themselves and each other. My Review: Okay. Brace yourselves.

Make Lemonade is the story of year-old LaVaughn who befriends Jolly, year-old mother of two, when she answers Jolly's ad for a babysitter. It's easy for her to judge This was a very powerful book for me. It's easy for her to judge Jolly and the situation she got herself in, but when LaVaughn gets to know more about Jolly, she begins to understand that there is more to Jolly than she first realized.

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff – Review by Amber McMath

While the story, as seen through LaVaughn's eyes, appears to be about Jolly and her transition into a person who "takes hold," the underlying story is all about LaVaughn. We see her change and develop as she comes to love and care for not just Jolly's children, but Jolly herself.

The relationships she builds gives her new perspective and understanding into the world outside herself. The story was beautifully told, and I'm eager to read the next book. Feb 20, Cyndi rated it it was amazing. This is one of the best YA books I have ever read!!! It tells the story of a young girl in the poorer neighborhoods in NYC who answers an ad to babysit for two young children. The mother is only The characters in this book are courageous and well developed.

It is an amazing read and should be on the reading list of every middle school in the world!! View all 5 comments. Feb 17, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: Fourteen-year-old LaVaughn answers an ad for an after-school babysitting job that turns out to be life-changing. She cares for the two young children of year-old Jolly, who works second shift at a factory and whose life is a mess.

When Jolly gets fired, LaVaughn babysits for free during Jolly's job search.

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The book is beautiful to read with a poetic style that defies rules and expectations, and tells a provoking story that challenges the reader's assumptions about poverty, teen pregnancy, and Fourteen-year-old LaVaughn answers an ad for an after-school babysitting job that turns out to be life-changing. The book is beautiful to read with a poetic style that defies rules and expectations, and tells a provoking story that challenges the reader's assumptions about poverty, teen pregnancy, and life choices.

This book jerked me out of my comfort zone, but it did not sweep me away to a better place like the plot-driven escapist books I enjoy reading. I didn't sympathize with main character, LaVaughn.

She seems too perfect, inhumanly perfect, with no endearing faults. Her only real fault and it is not endearing is a tendency to judge others. I found this book depressing, but the writing is beautiful and the story poses some worthwhile questions. View 1 comment. Oct 30, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book has been sitting on the bookshelf in my classroom for 8 years, but I only now had the pleasure of reading it.

I loved it. Two teenage girls - one a mom, the other her children's babysitter-become friends and develop their self-esteem and strength together. It gripped my heart at the end, there. Wasn't prepared for those Wow. Wasn't prepared for those tears at all. I will be recommending this tomorrow in class. View all 4 comments. Nov 19, Bricks rated it it was ok Shelves: And I thought of all the blood. That's a lot of blood. You know? If I pour all their blood they bleed into a pool, would it overspill?

Do they smell their blood after they catch their blood? Oct 02, J L's Bibliomania rated it liked it Shelves: While a nice enough story about resilience, Make Lemonade confirmed that I just don't "get" the whole novel in free verse phenomenon. Sometimes limits, such as the compressed length of a short story, or the structured poetry of Shakespeare's plays lead to increased creativity on the part of the author.

As I have for the other verse novels I've read I felt like the poetry in Make Lemonade led to lack of complexity in characterization and material closer to a short story than a "novel". Jun 11, Bri rated it really liked it Recommends it for: All of my friends at school. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about how a mom Jolly who's seventeen and has two kids, is helped by thirteen-year-old LaVaughn, and she turns out to be one of the most important assets in Jolly's life.

This book kind of tells you about the things that Jolly went through, but it's mostly talking about the life-changing events that went on in Jolly's household. This book was very serious, and I'm not the serious type, but I have to say, this book was great. It's very focused on the topic that the book is about.

A This book is about how a mom Jolly who's seventeen and has two kids, is helped by thirteen-year-old LaVaughn, and she turns out to be one of the most important assets in Jolly's life. A lot of moments in this book were very good. There was one part of Make Lemonade that really cuaght my eye. That was when Jolly did everything she could to save her baby, Jillie. She did CPR and mouth-to-mouth all the way untill the ambulance came.

I think that is truly showing love for her baby, even though she's only seventeen. Oct 12, Janessa B. This poetry book was not my cup of tea. View 2 comments. Nov 18, Christine Kim rated it really liked it. Make Lemonade Book Review LaVaughn is an ambitious girl with high hopes and dreams of going to college.

She studies hard in school, gets good grades, and does her best to earn money for college. The time the four people spend with eac Make Lemonade Book Review LaVaughn is an ambitious girl with high hopes and dreams of going to college.

The time the four people spend with each other is not always full of happiness but they bond with one another and soon come to love each other like family.

I liked Make Lemonade because it showed much about what life is worth fighting for and it gave me hope. This book related to my life well, it related more to my past because when I first moved here to Korea, I struggled with Korean culture and education.

School did not seem like a place of learning and I had almost given up hope. I was overjoyed because I could finally see hope and hold on to it. This was what God had planned for me.

Now, I am still adjusting to the American way of education, but I am extremely thankful for my present situation. I would recommend this book to people who are currently in unfortunate positions.

For example, I would introduce this book to a girl orphan and maybe she could relate to the characters. Or a struggling single mother who might read this book would definitely understand what Jolly went through. But Make Lemonade is still a book that anyone and everyone can read. This book may not have the perfect smell of peaches and cream, but its tangy and homely scent is sure to attract readers as bees are to honey.

Dec 19, Joy Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. LaVaughn needed a part-time job, something she could do after school to help earn money for college.

Jolly needed a babysitter, someone she could trust with two kids while she worked the evening shift. It didn't matter that LaVaughn was fourteen, only three years younger than Jolly.

It didn't matter that Jolly didn't have a husband or a mom and dad, because LaVaughn gives Jolly and her two babies more love and understanding than should be possible for a When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

I admire Wolff's style. It is the first time i've read of such a style. I loved the simplicity of the story, and the depth of the message that Wolff wanted to share behind those stories. It is like striving to live a good life, no matter how life tries hard to bring you down. Wolff showed the hell of life, and its ironic beauty that only people who love to live could see. Sep 26, Linda Lipko rated it really liked it Shelves: What an incredible book!!!!

It is rich in character development, spot on in the harsh reality of the consequences of teen aged pregnancy when there is little or no support base, poetic in words and heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time! Needing a job to save for college, 14 year old LaVaughn accepts the position of babysitter for two children.

Seventeen years old, living in poverty, surrounded by hopelessness, their mother Jolly simply cannot get a grip on how to survive and look beyond What an incredible book!!!! Seventeen years old, living in poverty, surrounded by hopelessness, their mother Jolly simply cannot get a grip on how to survive and look beyond day - day living.

Her rent isn't paid, there is little food, and her children need clothing. Kind heartedly, LaVaughn attempts to set Jolly on the path leading to a future, while struggling to learn the difference between a helping hand, a hand out and the trickiness of being pulled under.

Highly recommended! In other words, if you've read one, you've read them all. This book's style was fresh when published in , and YA free verse writing was quickly published from other writers, evidenced by Karen Hesse winning the Newbery four years later with "Out of the Dust.

Make Lemonade

Poetry slams and hip hop have sin I haven't reviewed any YA on GR yet, not because I've not read any, but there's so much YA that covers all the same territory i.

Poetry slams and hip hop have since become youth's mainstream. But, if this book wasn't good, if it didn't hit a nerve, if it didn't resonate with both its targeted audience and those who get these books into kids hands, I wouldn't be writing this review now, twenty years later.

Apr 09, Maggie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I find it interesting that Wolff knew instinctively that this style of writing which didn't even have a name at the time would be the perfect format to address bright but struggling readers. Telescoped ideas and emotions, viscerally expressed themes; that's what this genre does best, a 5 stars not just because it's excellent Telescoped ideas and emotions, viscerally expressed themes; that's what this genre does best, and the best novels in verse published today are still those that compress a lot of meaning into surprisingly few words.

Apr 08, Joy H. There are now 3 books in the "Make Lemonade" trilogy. The is a first-person narrative. I enjoy that voice.

The books are written in free verse poetry which the author describes as "prose in funny-shaped lines" BookPage review, March Mar 10, Raina rated it really liked it. Read this as part of my Teen Services class in grad school.

Oct 04, Kathrina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Third read, great every time! Oct 26, Michelle rated it really liked it. At first I thought it was going to be a boring book because it cover, but once I started to ready it I was like this book sounds good and not boring or lame. I did like this book, I give it 4 stars because I think it will make people enjoy it. When some people work for the money they want to use for something important for them they try the best to get that amount of money they need for it.

I think this was a good book because La Vaughn was a hard worker character. I know there's some people that do not like to work hard like La Vaughn does. The theme was relatable to the teenagers because some teenagers force more to the things that they want not like others who just asked money for the parents to download something that I want.

Apr 12, Lauren rated it really liked it. First of all, Jolly needed a baby sitter because she had work.

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A girl Lavaughn offered to watch her kids. In the middle jolly loses her job and doesn't know what to do. Lavaughn helps with the kids still, and jolly has to go to school to get a better job and support her kids. This is one of my favorite parts because her mom is doing the right thing and helping Jolly. Lavaughn is trying to shoe Jolly that she needs to get back in school so she can support her kids now and in the future. Others may think that 17 year olds shouldn't have kids and a house so they might not want teens to read it.

However, It's that person's life and they can do what they want when they want. In conclusion, I would rate it 4 stars out of 5.

Apr 11, Isaac rated it it was amazing. Her house is usually a mess too. Then Jolly loses her job and the girl convinces her to go back to school. She ends up back at school just as the girl wanted. Jolly then tries to contact a billionaire to see if he can help her out with her financial struggles.

It uses the figurative device of imagery. You felt like you were struggling with Jolly in her trials. There is a very special connection between the reader and Jolly in this book. You can really feel the panic that everyone else is in too during the story.

You can feel the heat of the moment. I thought that the book was super good and I personally really enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story. I really liked the characters, they were all fun and relatable. I hope that I can find more books like this. Definitely a must read for those who like poetry. I like LaVaughn. I like the way she tries to figure out the world, if she's taking advantage of Jolly or if Jolly is taking advantage of her.

I like the way these two girls, only three years apart, have such vastly different lives and they way they're brought together. I like that there isn't anything too trite like a scene where LaVaughn just gives in an cleans Jolly's apartment for her which is what I might have done.

I enjoyed the sequel, True Believer, even more. I think the poetic style c I like LaVaughn. I think the poetic style comes through more there, reminds me a bit of Sharon Creech. Nov 16, Sara rated it it was amazing. This book was about a teenage girl named LaVaughn who just wanted to have a job to save money for college. However, then she meets Jolly, a girl not that much older than her who has 2 kids. Jolly is struggling and the LaVaughn is helping her out by babysitting.

This book was definitely a page turner and I loved this story. Ich empfehle sie einfach weiter! Die Sprache ist nicht sehr kompliziert! Apr 19, Sarah Scamander added it. Not satisfying.. Mar 04, Lauren Herzog rated it really liked it. A lot of tough topics addressed in this one.

We interviewed parents about their views on welfare and other assistance programs to help shape our own worldviews. In the end, we organized a diaper drive and donated over a thousand diapers to a local nonprofit that helps mothers in need.

We owe Wolff more than an oversimplified reading. She delivers a masterpiece of hurt and healing. If we reduce Make Lemonade to a few simple ingredients of character, setting, and figurative language, we consume only the sweet and completely miss the sour.

My students needed this story to scrape their hearts. It awakened ignorance, inspired compassion, and evoked action. Any book that can rattle the know-it-all minds of adolescents deserves high praise. I was never more grateful for an old class set of books. Amber McMath is unfortunately not a math teacher. She has the privilege of serving seventh grade students in Owasso, OK, where she has taught language arts for seven years. Prior to that, she taught English in Mali, West Africa.

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