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True Believer

by Virginia Euwer Wolff

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True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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    Feb 2001, 272 pages

    Sep 2002, 272 pages


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Bonny Bracey

This book annoyed me because once again, men are shelved in favour of an acceptable book for irritated feminists. The fact is that men are a part of this world and La Vaughn and Jolly seem to think that men are the mortal enemy. There is only one, positive male figure in the whole story and that is La Vaughn's dead father. He was a hero. All other men fall short of his ideal and perhaps this is the fault of the story - it does not encourage women and girls to think positively about men. Rather, it seeks to sow seeds negativity about the opposite sex. The males in the story who are positive are either boys or young men. They do not grow up into men and I wonder why? Could it be because men are problematic in society? Jeremy is named after a boy Jolly once knew in a foster home. That's it. 'Boys' in the collective pronoun are always problematic, attacking poor old women, or just being in the neighbourhood.

Men are essential to family life. Jeremy needs a male role model because Jolly is incapable of filling that role. Where is he going to get one if Jolly refuses to find a man in her life of establish some sort of relationship with the father as far as visiting rights are concerned? He has a right to see his son. Jeremy has a right to know his father. The implications that could come about as a result of this negligence are all too obvious: a kid who feels rootless and lacks a father when he needs him most. More importantly, he may grow up to be a hoodlum like the 'other boys' in the 'hood. What goes around, comes around.
Davina - BookBrowse.com

Hello Kirsten
I can find no sign of an imminent publication date for the third in this trilogy (Make Lemonade & True Believer). This most likely means that it's at least 6 months away. I believe the original publisher for the first books was Henry Holt. Their website is at www.henryholt.com - they should be able to tell you if there is a scheduled date - if you find out, please post a message to let the forum know!

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