Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Make Lemonade. Square Fish, 2006 (reprint). ISBN 978-0805080704 208 pp. $9.99
Thanks fellow bloggers for recommending Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff. What an amazing look at a young mother and the 14 year-old-girl who sticks by her side through some really tough times and tough issues.
I loved so many things in this story. Wolff is an excellent writer and I am really in awe of her ability to show such depth of character in this book. The complicated relationship and feelings that exist between Jolly and LaVaughn are really tangible. Even though I haven’t lived through this kind of experience, the sentiments really rang true with me. People are full of complexities and beauty and humor and pride and rage and vulnerability and thought and joy and fear and so many more things. This book manages to show us so many sides of just a couple of people. (I stayed up until midnight reading this book last night. That may not be late for you other bloggers out there… but it is late for me!)