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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Make Lemonade. Square Fish, 2006 (reprint). ISBN  978-0805080704 208 pp. $9.99

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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!)

Musings: Teen Parents and Gossip Girls

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More commentary, less book review:

I have been wanting to read The First Part Last and Hanging on to Max… we read Make Lemonade for my librarians-who-like-teen-books group and I expressed the need for some teen parent stories that don’t involve stereotypical teen parents… such as poor, black or hispanic, uneducated, unsupportive families or the reverse… grandparents raising the babies… because my sister is a teen mom and she isn’t any any of the above. Maybe I could get her to write her story!

When I was in high school a friend of a friend got pregnant, she was middle class, white, had a committed boyfriend who did not run off, regular kid with good grades… she had the baby and went to college… is this book out there? Are authors/editors/publishers afraid it would be condoning sex as a teen because if you get pregnant & keep the baby it might not be the end of the world? If they are making decisions like that thinking it affects the morals of teens than they should stop printing Gossip Girls

… and speaking of Gossip Girls I am reading the second one You Know You Love Me because as I said here before… it is like heroin… easy to get, cheap, unhealthy, and I keep going back for more!