Lush by Natasha Friend

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Natasha Friend is a Judy Blume for today -- clearly evident in this remarkable new novel about a girl whose father is an alcoholic and how she and her family learn to deal with his condition.

It's hard to be a 13-year-old girl. But it's even harder when your father's a drunk. It adds an extra layer to everything -- your family's reactions to things, the people you're willing to bring home, the way you see yourself and the world. For Samantha, it's something that's been going on for so long that she's almost used to it. Only, you never get used to it. Especially when it starts to get worse...

About Natasha Friend

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Award-winning author of Perfect, Natasha Friend was born in Norwich, New York. Upon receiving her B.A. in Psychology in 1994 from Bates College, Natasha went on to Clemson University to earn her M.A. in English in 1997. As a former camp director and English teacher, Natasha enjoys singing and song-lyric writing and plans to write more books in the future. Her first book, Perfect, poignantly probes the hushed struggles of body image, eating disorders, and grief. Perfect has won the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature and Book Sense’s Pick. When commenting on Perfect, Booklist wrote, “Friend elevates what could have been just another problem novel to a truly worthwhile read of great interest to many girls.” Natasha’s newest title, Lush, boldly delves into the tumultuous life and mind of a thirteen-year-old girl whose father is an alcoholic. Samantha must cope with sadness, secrecy, and shame in addition to her own teenage trials. Just when Samantha’s skin toughens and emotions numb, it gets worse for her. Natasha wrote this book in an effort to spotlight the proverbial “elephant in the room,” so that its presence is acknowledged and removed. Natasha currently resides in Connecticut with her husband, Erik, and sons, Jack and Ben.
Published February 1, 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It is a novel that unfolds slowly to show the collision of cultures — between cops and civilians, aspiring artists, blue-collar wage slaves and homeboys from the housing projects — that exists in this “Candyland of a neighborhood,” even as it delineates the ambitions and resentments and famil...

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No matter how shiny and safe a city gets, no matter how high its housing prices climb, how fast its crime rates fall and how many of its corner stores are turned into buzz-before-entering boutiques dedicated to clothing the “urban baby” or are replaced by franchised coffee shops with WiFi hot spo...

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Denver Post

Trishna plunges into a new, energized world, and so do viewers who haven't been to India's teeming metropolis.

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Teen Reads

LUSH will be helpful to young people who are going through the same problem Sam faces.

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Common Sense Media

So if you read it you will love it :) Lush was a very good book, it did have some inapropiate parts in it, it is definitly for ages 12 and up, but otherwise it is one of the best books I have read!

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Common Sense Media

Readers won't be surprised when Sam's father finally hits rock bottom (though his violent attack on her sweet young brother seems over the top).

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