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True Believers by Virginia Euwer Wolff July 15, 2009

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True Believer

Virginia Euwer Wolff

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001

ISBN: 0689828276

Age: 15-18

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True Believer is about a young girl seeing life as simple and uncomplicated then becoming more complicated as she grows up.  La Vaughn has a plan to go to college when she graduates.  As a child all of the obstacles that could prevent her from fulfilling her plan didn’t really seem like that big of a deal.  Later as 15 year old teenager, Le Vaughn’s life began to become more complicated.  She becomes interested in a Jody and old friend who have grown into a very handsome young man.   La Vaughn and her childhood friends are growing apart.  La Vaughn is transferred to a more challenging class in school.  Life for Le Vaughn at 15 becomes more complicated as she goes through all of these changes.  As life becomes challenging for Le Vaughn she learns to hold onto her dreams and not let the temptations of boys, peer pressure, gang shootings, and poverty get in the way of fulfilling her dreams of going to college. 

True Believer is written as if it was a poem, but the simple everyday language makes reading the story a pleasure.  Le Vaughn tells the story of her life and dreams through this poem.  Le Vaughn’s character is vivid and powerful.  Virginia Euwer Wolff has created a wonderful story about growing up, facing challenges, and holding onto your dreams.  The cover even depicts the challenge of young love with a silhouette of a boy and girl moments away from a kiss.  I truly enjoyed reading this story with the poetry.

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