TRUE BELIEVER (MAKE LEMONADE, BOOK 2) by Virginia Euer Wolff
WHAT DO I REALLY BELIEVE? WHAT DO YOU?
Moving down the page.
White space. Word count. Belief. Doubt.
Fifteen year old flux.
YA (ages 13 and up)
Verse novel / realistic fiction
First person POV – fifteen year old LaVaughn
Short lines, powerful words
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?