Wednesday, December 21, 2016
This Full House by Virginia Euwer Wolff Book Thoughts
"LaVaughn has made it through the projects, she's gotten over heartbreak, she's grown up, and now she might finally have her ticket to college. She believes that she's keeping alert to all possibilities. But discoveries she makes during her senior year in high school disturb everything in her small universe. 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?"
This is the third and final book in the "Make Lemonade" trilogy. A contemporary Young Adult trilogy written in verse, and still very powerful and heart-wrenching, with important messages on a number of topics (education, poverty, teen pregnancy, religion (and not preachy) etc.) in an accessible way. I loved the first 2 so of course I wanted to read the finale!
Sadly I didn't love it as much as the first two but I still enjoyed it a lot. The plot had some too convenient and somewhat unbelievable aspects too it, though it was all still ultimately touching and there were tears. The pacing was mostly good, it's written in verse so it doesn't take as long to read as the length of the book might imply, but there is a lot of science terms in it that, frankly I could have skimmed. They had a point but I don't personally feel like it took all those pages of it to make it.
I still love the characters and the way LaVaughn has grown over the course of the trilogy. LaVaughn really matures over time, it starts out I believe when she is a Freshmen and by the end she's a senior in High school and in those years she does mature and grow up while still retaining her personality. I loved seeing that! I do love Jolly and the other characters as well. They are all so resilient and caring. They don't always have great lives, in fact quite often the opposite, and no they don't always make great decisions and stuff doesn't always work out well, but they try, they care and they are resilient. This trilogy has many great messages in it as well.
Even not loving the last book as much i'd still recommend this trilogy...to well everyone really. It didn't initially sound like my cup of tea and I ended up loving it! Especially would recommend to teens, it's who it's written for and has many great messages about hard and real life topics and does make you think, while being a very entertaining read.
I gave this last one a 3.5 out of 5 stars.