Each discovery disturbs the arrangements of the known world, and it is our job to stay alert to all possibilities.
LaVaughn believes she is keeping alert to all possibilities. She has made it through the projects, she’s gotten over heartbreak, she’s grown up, and now she’s been admitted to the Women in Science program that might finally be her ticket to COLLEGE. But the discoveries she makes during her senior year in high school–two girls pregnant, with very few options–disturb everything in her known world. And in an effort to bring together people who should love each other, she jeopardizes the one prize she has sought her whole life long.
When do you know whether you’re doing the right thing? What happens when you can’t find a way to make lemonade out of lemons?
Virginia Euwer Wolff takes on the biggest questions˜about life and love, certainly, but also about girls and women, sacrifice and compassion˜and has something quite rev-elatory to say about them in this full house.
What’s new in LaVaughn’s life is Jody–a boy she knew as a child who’s come back to the housing project where she lives. Jody is like a miracle: He smells like chlorine, he calls her "little buddy," he goes with her to the dance. It’s just as if he’s in love with her. Except not quite.
As LaVaughn puzzles over Jody, as her best friends struggle with belief and acceptance, and as Jody wrestles with questions about his own identity, Virginia Euwer Wolff rises to the occasion with this astonishing and powerfully moving novel, the second in the Make Lemonade trilogy.
Jolly is seventeen. She can’t really spell. She doesn’t have much of a job. And she has two little kids from two different, absent fathers.
Jolly knows she can’t cope with Jilly and Jeremy all by herself. So she posts a notice on the school bulletin board: BABYSITTER NEEDED BAD. No one replies but Verna LaVaughn, who’s only fourteen. How much help can she be?
For a while, Jolly, Jilly, Jeremy, and LaVaughn are an extraordinary family. Then LaVaughn takes the first steps toward building her own future, and Jolly begins the long, slow process of turning the lemons of her life into lemonade.
“Powerfully moving.” –Kirkus Reviews, pointer
“Radiant with hope.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review