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Posted April 17, 2014
This book surprised me. I was not expecting it to retain my atte
This book surprised me. I was not expecting it to retain my attention so easily. I knew that Virginia Wolff was an excellent author, but this particular story didn't outwardly appeal to me. Overall, I enjoyed the simplicity of the book, and the way it is separated into verses. It's easy on the eyes and makes for fast comprehension of the plot. Only once did I need to go back and re-read a character's dialogue to make sense of something farther in the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Going along with the simplicity, it's amazing how much Wolff can say while using a minimal amount of words. That is the essence of a good writer--condensing without losing substance. Wolff doesn't waste words with details like most authors do nowadays. LaVaughn's life moves quickly but steadily. It never slows down, yet it never gets ahead of you.
I can't personally relate to a lot of what happens to LaVaugn. I grew up just outside of Milwaukee, but not in it. The danger and harsh conditions LaVaughn faces are things I can't imagine. But it still feels real. Wolff doesn't dramatize or linger on any of those details. She simply reminds the reader what that city life is like.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any young adult, and especially any teenager. No matter what your race, culture, or background, something in LaVaughn's life can relate to you. It's a quick, refreshing read.
Posted December 27, 2007
Yea i guess you should....
it was an ok book. It was extremely long. The feeling had me connected. It was an enjoyable book and i would recommend it but i wouldnt read this book again.
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Posted October 30, 2007
Posted January 16, 2007
What I Believe
Wolff did a great job of portraying the struggles of a teen-aged girl, but race is not mentioned at all in this book. Knowing the race of the characters adds to the connection that the reader may have with him or her. Overall it was a great bookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2004
It is kind of good book.
It is noticeable that there is parallelism in the story between Jolly and mom of La Vaughn. Both women must be double parent for their child/children. They have daughter(s). However, a difference is that Jolly is lucky in which she has Ricky who truly loves her, but La Vaughn¿s mom disappoints in Lester. I appreciate La Vaughn and her friends. Most of them has goal of life to reach. As a result, all of them have the same purpose which is trying to improve their life. Therefore, they must make their dreams to be true by paying attention to study. La Vaughn studies hard in order to go to collage and being a nurse, Jolly swims hard to get the scholarship, Pattrick studies hard to get high score in the city, and Arthille tries to be a doctor. All of these, the story can teach the readers not to give up, but try to achieve.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.