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TRUE BELIEVER (MAKE LEMONADE, BOOK 2) by Virginia Euer Wolff

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WHAT DO I REALLY BELIEVE? WHAT DO YOU?

Moving down the page.

White space. Word count. Belief. Doubt.

Fifteen year old flux.

 

Nitty Gritty:

YA (ages 13 and up)

Verse novel / realistic fiction

First person POV – fifteen year old LaVaughn

Short lines, powerful words

Every

single

word

counts

White space

Placement of text on page

Visual impact of text gives book graphic novel feel without illustration

Title leads into theme

Quest – self discovery

Beliefs – in mom, in college, in a certain future

Doubts – in God, in the church, in death, in life

Coming of age – journey from self confidence to despair to acceptance

Part Two – all beliefs are in flux – what do I believe in anymore? Questions with no easy answers

Part three – I believe in nothing – despair – is it time to just give up?

Hitting bottom with only one belief left – possibility — which leads to the crucial statement that pulls her through her ultimate crisis —  “I am a true believer.  And that’s a fact.” (p.243)

Happy ending?  Sweet sixteen birthday party — full of apologies and rekindled friendships

Final realizations of friendship, trust and love

Reader discussion — what do friendship trust and love mean to me? to you? to our society at large?