Written by Virginia Euwer Wolff, True Believer is a story that showed a window into the life of a young woman named Verna La Vaughn who was facing the maturation process. During the story Verna La Vaughn overcame many obstacles in her everyday life. As the story began when Verna La Vaughn was 15, the story had a very eventful mood because Verna La Vaughn had many lessons to learn because she was becoming a young woman.
Verna La Vaughn was the main character and narrator. She narrated the story as though it were her diary, which she wrote in daily. Verna La Vaughn’s personal appearance was never discussed in the story; however the reader was informed about her family life. She lived with her mother in a small apartment where they had lived for her entire life. L Vaughn’s father had died when she was a small child and had always been heavily missed by La Vaughn and her mother. La Vaughn had much respect for her single mother for putting a roof over her head and for always showing her love even when it was not easy. La Vaughn also enjoyed taking care of children. Often, she would babysit for a single mother she knew named Jolly who had two teen pregnancies as well as working at the local children’s hospital folding sheets. Her desire to help children in need was quite commendable.
The story began when La Vaughn was just fifteen. La Vaughn described her school life and her two best friends, Myrtle and Annie. Myrtle and Annie had been her friends all throughout her childhood, but now, it seemed that the three friends were drifting apart as their common interests changed. Both Myrtle and Annie had become very involved in a religious youth group that La Vaughn had no interest in joining. La Vaughn felt that the leaders in the religious youth group taught its members to be hateful of anyone who had different beliefs than them. It saddened La Vaughn to watch her friends drift away due to beliefs that conflicted with her own, but La Vaughn kept her integrity and would not be “swayed” or convinced to join the religious youth group, even when Myrtle and Annie begged her to do so.
Another conflict that La Vaughn faced was that she had a very passionate crush on a childhood friend, Jody, and wanted desperately for him to ask her to the school dance. La Vaughn admired everything about Jody, from his fresh chlorine smell (he was a swimmer), to his cheerful attitude. She admired most Jody’s desire and determination to attend college. La Vaughn waited anxiously for Jody to invite her to the dance as his date, but he never had the courage to. Finally, La Vaughn gathered the courage to ask Jody to the dance. To her delight, he agreed to her invitation. Jody and La Vaughn had a wonderful time together at the dance, and La Vaughn cherished the pictures they had taken together on that special night.
After the dance, La Vaughn and Jody both became very busy with their studies and other obligations. They rarely had time to see one another, so La Vaughn was always...