Make Lemonade is a verse novel for young adults, written by Virginia Euwer Wolff and originally published in by Henry Holt and Company. These novels are characterized by their free verse style. The trilogy is unified by its protagonist LaVaughn, a fourteen-year-old girl who recounts her experiences and perspective from first-person point of view. All three books have been published as audiobooks read by Heather Alicia Simms. LaVaughn notices a flyer for a babysitting job for two kids, Jeremy and Jilly. She takes the number and applies for the job.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An award-winning novel about growing up and making choices 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.
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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Make Lemonade 1 , Make Lemonade 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Make Lemonade , please sign up. Ellie That quote is found on page I wonder what happen to Jolly's folks? See all 11 questions about Make Lemonade…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Make Lemonade Make Lemonade, 1. 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. This is a YA novel written in a teenaged girl's voice in free verse. What does this strongly imply I am about to do? Rant and invectivize and holler, right? As a rule, a safe bet. Rule, meet exception.
I love LaVaughn and Jolly and their weird, codependent growing up. I am impressed by the genuineness of all the various lovings going on through the book. I am even overlooking the free-verse affectation. It's totally unnecessary to tell this story in any kind of verse, but whatever.
LaVaughn's first person voice is poignantly like that of other young women I've known as they grew up, and makes me mist over a little bit. Quote me on that and I will swear an oath on a stack of Bibles that you're lying. The events that LaVaughn narrates remind me of my many attempts to save others. White knight, in more ways than one, rides in and saves the day It's like being a parent!
It IS being a parent. And that both sucks and blows. But it's also, in a weird masochistic way, the best feeling of all, because there is one fewer roadblock in someone else's path through life because you, O Savior Complex Haver, gave in and did what your warped sense of self insists is right. Problem is La Vaughn's in for a long long haul. But she also gets something big in return, something not always obvious at the moment, and often not until a lot of life has passed beneath one's eyes.
She gets to know in her heart that at least a few people had one less rock to carry, one more reason to smile, one small moment of being, if not feeling, cared about and for, because she lifted, carried, cared, smiled. Most days that's enough. Come hear her tell about it. It's a good story. View all 3 comments. Mar 10, Jami rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult.
This was a very powerful book for me. It's a novel told in a free verse style, and I wondered if that would bother me. I soon realized, though, that the verse style made the story more powerful. Even though it reads very easily as a novel, it allowed the author to place subtle emphasis on certain words and phrases. I loved it! 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. 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: young-adult. 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. 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: for-the-teens. 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.
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T his book is absolutely unforgettable. It's just a story about fourteen-year-old La Vaughn who takes on a babysitting job. She needs to work her way through school to save enough money to get through college. That's how it is in America.