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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 He Acts Like He S In Love With Her, But Is He 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 other teenage persons in their lives, handle these tough situations This was the first reason that I enjoyed this novel the relate ability to my life even thought I feel that I am growing out of the adolescent stage LaVaughn endures many struggles through the duration of this book, the struggles with her friends, her mother, and her friend Jody I felt connected to LaVaughn however, I did not feel that the problems related to my life Yes, as an adolescent there were situations in my life that I needed to take care of, these same distracting events caused my attention to be drawn away from my life goals One of the negative aspects of this book, for me, was the lack of situations that I, personally, endured Speaking of what I enjoyed and disliked about this book is where the format falls I am unsure of how to accept decline the format that Wolff wrote in On the positive side, the mind of an adolescent works in short, quick, bursts with this format, the adolescents mindset allows for easier interpretation Negatively, for me, I struggled to follow what was happening at times my mind does not work like that of the audience this book was written to engage Through this, I struggled to relate to the speaker, and at times, I felt disconnected with the story Overall, I enjoyed this book for the positive characteristics proposed by the author for adolescents. 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 subtlety surrounding different ideas LaVaughn was a very believable character and the questions she has are ones I had and even still have today I loved the fact that neither race nor ethnicity was mentioned It makes the story universal Even though the backdrop of the inner city plays a part, I think most teenage girls could find something to relate to in this character s attempt to sort her place in the world out I also enjoyed the strong and inspiring spirits found in LaVaughn s mother and teacher What great role models I think this book would allow for much discussion and discovery among adolescents who could really dig in and discuss the issues I only wish books that so beautifully show children that they are not alone in their worries and dreams and desires were available for the youth here in Egypt And now I must attempt to find the prequel and the sequel to this fantastic read 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 Goodreads 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 friends Myrtle and Annie starting a club called Cross Your Legs for Jesus In the club, they memorized verses from the Bible and went on picnics, except LaVaughn was questioning the club concepts to herself.In the middle, it got a little complicated Jody, her former best friend, moved back into her apartment building, distracting her from her and her mom s wish to become successful Annie and Myrtle later abandoned her for their Jesus club, and her mother got into a relationship with another man after divorcing LaVaughn s father Meanwhile, a bunch of students at her school called the Brain Cells joined a grammar build up, and she gets very involved in that The end was sort of a blur What ended up happening was a boy in her biology class asked her out, but she was head over heels for Jody, especially after a school dance they went to together LaVaughn s mom kicked her boyfriend out of the house after finding out he was taking money from LaVaughn s college fund One huge plot changing event was when LaVaughn came into Jody s apartment and saw him kissing someone, which made her very depressed and caused her to get an extremely low biology test score, and that was pretty much the end of the book, and the third book would finish the story Overall, it was a really good book but I wish I started at the first book This was longer than 10 sentences sorry 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 any 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 boyfriend She sees nothing wrong in her mother dating again, but this boyfriend wants to move them away to a safer neighborhood to live, without all the shootings and the killings LaVaughn can t bear to leave behind her friends and Jody Especially Jody The only people there to support her through her problems are the people in her afterschool grammar help club These people and the club are the key to getting into college Will she succeed and keep Jody close to her at the same time This book is very different from most books I ve read, because Virginia Wolff writes in poetry It wasn t hard to follow along, because all the ideas were neat and not all over the place I could almost feel LaVaughn s pain and suffering and all the emotions running through her I don t think everyone would like this book, though, because not everyone enjoys poetry.