True Believer LaVaughn is fifteen now and she s still fiercely determined to go to college But that s the only thing she s sure about Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man The tw

  • Title: True Believer
  • Author: Virginia Euwer Wolff
  • ISBN: 9780689852886
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • LaVaughn is fifteen now, and she s still fiercely determined to go to college But that s the only thing she s sure about Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man The two girls she used to do everything with have chosen a path LaVaughn wants no part of And then there s Jody LaVaughn can t believe how gorgeous he isor how confusing HeLaVaughn is fifteen now, and she s still fiercely determined to go to college But that s the only thing she s sure about Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man The two girls she used to do everything with have chosen a path LaVaughn wants no part of And then there s Jody LaVaughn can t believe how gorgeous he isor how confusing He acts like he s in love with her, but is he

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    1. Wow! What a book! I admit that because of limited selection I simply picked this book from the library shelf without even looking through it. A couple of weeks before reading it, I thumbed through the book and saw the free verse style it is written in and thought, oh boy, I don’t know if I’ll like this book. But I began to read it aloud to my husband because he was curious about the style. And then I couldn’t put the book down! I really enjoyed the author’s writing and the emphasis and s [...]

    2. In the book True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff, a girl named LaVaughn who lives in a pretty dangerous neighborhood and wants to go to college and become a nurse. I found this on a shelf by looking at the title, but according to the info, there was a first book and this is the second one. This might've been confusing if it were a different series, but I picked up the story fine from the second part. The beginning started out as LaVaughn talking about the mandatory sex ed class, and her friend [...]

    3. LaVaughn's life was so far average. That is, until her childhood friend moves back into her building. He's Jody, and he's changed a lot. LaVaughn doesn't see him as her old childhood friend anymore. She sees him as her possible boyfriend. Everything's going smoothly; she hangs out with Jody and takes in his scent, and he seems to be interested in her too. But then, LaVaughn's world starts to slowly crumble when her friends start to distance themselves from her and her mother finds a new boyfrien [...]

    4. I hate it when authors do this sort of thing: ply their liberal agenda on unsuspecting young adults. I was very disappointed by this read. I didn't appreciate the author's angst against Christianity nor the way Christianity was depicted by those who certainly do not represent the faith well at all (and if they are Christians they are obviously poor ones, not a representation of all those who believe that Christ died for our salvation). I also resented how homosexuality was snuck into the book ha [...]

    5. True Believer is a fascinating young adult novel. It's the second (and only one I have read) in the "Make Lemonade Trilogy." The book is written in poetry form, though it reads like prose. The chapters are short. It was fabulously easy, perfect for teenagers who like stories but hate all the words necessary to get the story told. The protagonist, LaVaughn, is in high school, and she wants to go to college. She is bright and determined, but she struggles in a school with regular shootings and met [...]

    6. Well deserving of awards received, includingNational Book Award Winner,ALA Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book,ABA Pick of the Liststhis is an amazing book! LaVaughn is 15. She is strong, intelligent, sensitive and she longs for a college education that will take her from a crime-ridden housing project and thus provide a better life.I liked LaVaughn for her strong personality and her compassion toward others. Through LaVaughn, the author addresses very powerful subjects, including strict, judgmen [...]

    7. Let's just say the writing style irked me. Her broken paragraphs made my reading very disjointed and confusing. The main chc was annoying due to her flexibility and naivety. She complained about everything but never actually did anything. You should know by now that I very rarely give a book < 3 stars. This book was unfortunately, one of those atrocious candies that leave a sour after taste. It was horrid. She was let down because she let herself be enraptured in a bubble of false reality- al [...]

    8. I did this as an audio book and I think that is the wrong way to enjoy this bookYou lose the lyrical quality because the audio book is just reading. I didn't even realize it should be read/understood as poems because she just readsI think this might have been a 4 star for me.except how I read it. But an audio was the only way for me to get the book so I read it that way anyway.It was cute and I like how much growing each person does as the book progresses. and I like how the secret was handled, [...]

    9. There are certain events in the lives of adolescents that allow them to relate fully to this book. In “True Believer,” these events include a first love, the searching of whom one is as a person, finding religion, and problems with change. Virginia Euwer Wolff, the author, not only writes a book that is relatable for adolescents, but this book allows individuals of all ages. For adults, this book is an opportunity to look towards the problems and situations that their teenage children, or ot [...]

    10. Fifteen-year-old LaVaughn knows that life is difficult in her neighborhood. Drugs, teen pregnancy, and low paying jobs are normal. At school, the teachers do not have high expectations of their students, either. LaVaughn wants to change her life for the better by going to college. When LaVaughn moves up into an advanced biology class and joins the after school grammar club, she learns that other students want to improve their futures by going to college as well. LaVaughn meets up with her childh [...]

    11. For years, I've intended to read these three novels in verse by Virginia Euwer Wolff, and after spending a week at the Highlights Foundation Workshop with Virginia as one of my instructors, I finally took the time to dive in.Wow.I wish I'd read these books when I was still teaching middle school!True Believer picks up a year after Make Lemonade, when LaVaughn is fifteen. She's started to realize just how hard it will be to get into college, and she's committed to her classes. She hasn't been sit [...]

    12. I love LaVaughn's voice. Things aren't easy for her, but she has goals. Unlike other books, she isn't perfect. She makes mistakes and there are consequences. One of the things that I don't like about these books is that I feel detached from what's happening. Like I'm above the book when I want to be in it. I don't usually like books in verse, but this series is one of my exceptions.

    13. One aspect of the novel that significantly stood out to me was the different pictures it painted of religion. Similar to many young people, LaVaughn is on a quest for truth. She questions the idea of God and religion, but nobody is there to accurately answer the questions she has. She asks why prayer is significant, why bad things happen, why God let her father die, and various others. This stood out to me in the novel because how people struggle with these kind of questions, but have nobody to [...]

    14. It took me a while to get into True Believer by Virginia Wolff due to its writing style and unique story line. It follows the life of a high school girl, LaVaughn, who is in the midst of dealing with her teenage years. Like most teenage experiences, her life has many ups and downs as she struggles to find who she is and what life is expecting of her. From losing her dad at a young age, to having a controlling and demanding mother, LaVaughn explores life in hopes to attend college and get out of [...]

    15. 1. I'm completely obsessed with Make Lemonade and True Believer. I can't wait to read the third one. On the back of this book Kirkus Reviews said, "When Wolff writes a book, it's an event." No truer words have ever been spoken.2. I feel like every teenager has had to figure out life the way LaVaughn had to. It's so difficult to navigate your belief system, while crushing on a boy, while trying to maintain grades, while trying to keep friendships afloat, while trying to welcome new people into yo [...]

    16. True Believer is a charming novel that definitely surprised me with both the writing style and the plot twists. The novel is written in such a way that is easy to read and is enjoyable. I really enjoyed seeing how the writer made LaVaughn’s writing change as LaVaughn changed. LaVaughn starts the novel with poor grammar and a rather naïve attitude. As the novel progresses and as LaVaughn experiences challenges and also grows in knowledge, her grammar improves, and she begins to question the th [...]

    17. This novel was truly a joy to read. I loved the poetic style in which it was written, which allowed me to flow through this book so easily I did not want to put it down. I appreciated that the author wrote in a style that reflected how a teenage girl's mind works; in short, quick bursts. Along with the style, the author certainly included numerous events and themes in this novel that allow young adults to relate fully to this book. In "True Believer," these themes include a first crush, the stru [...]

    18. True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff told the story of a fifteen-year-old girl who goes by the name of Verna LaVaughn. We follow her through her life with a single mom, being in love with her best friend, and being rejected by other friends. Jody has been her friend since they were kids until he moved away because his mom did not think their home was safe for them anymore. When they moved back, LaVaughn was surprised by how she felt when she saw him or thought about him. She was convinced that [...]

    19. “True Believer” is a complex, emotional telling of the struggles 15-year-old LaVaughn faces during one, quite pivotal year. It is written in free verse, which may present a challenge when one first begins reading it. Once the reader is fully immersed in the style though, it ceases to be a distraction and instead becomes one of Virginia Euwer Wolff’s most poignant tools in helping her audience understand LaVaughn’s emotions. The telling is in first person, and the verse serves to make the [...]

    20. True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff tells the story of fifteen-year-old Verna LaVaughn as she traverses the ups and downs of high school. LaVaughn struggles with new and confusing emotions as she navigates the hardships of growing apart from friends, changing classes, and her first big crush. Through the novel, the reader is presented with many opportunities to grow with LaVaughn while reflecting on their own similar experiences. Throughout my reading of this book, I was often torn between the [...]

    21. Even though I have not read the first book in this series, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed True Believer. I honestly could not put it down. The narration, the writing style, and the plot were all intriguing. It is rare for me to find a book that I continue thinking about after I have finished it, but True Believer is now one of those books.This YA novel is about 15-year-old LaVaughn, a girl who despite growing up in poverty, is determined to go to college and leave her old life behind. She [...]

    22. Finished it in one long sitting. An easy and simple read but one that isn't shallow in the slightest. The verse format was a bit jarring at first but I grew to appreciate it. The book is a genuine and honest story about self-respect, angsty adolescence, independence, and poverty. Themes that usually are associated with a YA novel but I find it done well here in a more mundane setting than the fantasy/dystopian novels the genre has come to be known for. I had no idea that this was part 2 of a tri [...]

    23. True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff is spectacular. The reader is allowed to see into the life of 15-year-old LaVaughn, a girl who lives in a struggling community and yearns to go to college. LaVaughn is easygoing, likable, and has a strong determination to excel in everything she sets her mind too. I will say, this book is beyond beautiful. It is written in in a unique style of verse that sets a strong, poetic atmosphere for the entire piece. Some parts of the writing did seem a bit odd at ti [...]

    24. True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff takes the reader on a journey alongside 15 year-old LaVaughn, in which both LaVaughn and the reader experience and recall the trials of adolescence as she carries the expectations of the world on her shoulders. LaVaughn wrestles with the expectation to go to college being placed on her by others, and her future goals and ambitions. She wrestles with her relationships with others as she realizes that expectations can in many ways be damaging, and she is not o [...]

    25. In which we meet a girl attending an inner city high school who has hopes of getting into college and changing her life trajectory to greater good by so doing. The first half of this slim volume introduces her widowed mother who has set aside money for college and whose boyfriend wants to dip into that fund, her childhood best friends who have distanced themselves from her by joining an ultra-Christian group, an unmarried friend and her two children, another childhood friend who has moved back i [...]

    26. This book was very relatable for me on so many different levels, and I really connected with it in a personal level. My parents are also divorced, just like LaVaughns parents were. My mom dated, and married many men after her and my father divorced, many of them not being very good men, like the man LaVaughns mother dated. Her mothers boyfriend stole money from her college fund, which coincidentally actually happened my my little sister. My mother was dating a guy who went into my sisters room a [...]

    27. Virginia Euwer Wolff's True Believer is a telling story about growing up in a tumultuous, uncertain world. Wolff's brilliance lies in her incredibly formated text, which looks like poetry but reads like stream-of-consciousness prose. The reader gets to follow LaVaughn through her mid-adolescent experience, reliving his or her own uncertain years and feeling every ounce of LaVaughn's growing pains as she struggles through faith, friendship, love, and dreams. In a low-income, low-education communi [...]

    28. This is the sequel to Make Lemonade and LaVaughn is now 15. She is still dedicated about going to college, but is a bit sad not to have contact with Jolly and her kids but somewhat glad as well. School has begun and she finds herself moved away from the kids she's always been with when she's placed in a more advanced science class. Then there is the Grammar build up tutorial after school and still more new kids, she has a new job in the laundry at a Children's Hospital, and her mother is dating. [...]

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