Smashed by Lisa Luedeke

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A field hockey star grapples with addiction in this riveting read perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

Katie Martin wants to leave her small-town loneliness behind forever. She is a field hockey star on the fast track to a college scholarship, but her relationship with alcohol has always been a little questionable. Then trouble finds her. Alec is the most popular guy in school, and also the biggest bully—with his sights set firmly on Katie. When Alec turns on the charm, Katie thinks she must have been wrong about him.

Except that she wasn’t. On a rain-soaked, alcohol-drenched night, one impulsive decision leaves Katie indebted to Alec in the worst possible way. This fast-paced and compelling story is a “thoughtful and complex portrait of addiction, accountability, and the debilitating impact of low self-esteem” (Publishers Weekly).

About Lisa Luedeke

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Lisa Luedeke is a debut novelist. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. Visit her at
Published August 21, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 338 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Debut author Luedeke gives the likable Katie sound psychological underpinnings to her alcoholism—her beer-swilling father abandoned them, her wine-drinking mother is hardly ever at home—and a truly hellish bind with Alec.

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Katie Martin is planning her escape from her small Maine hometown, where she is tormented by memories of the father who deserted her and left Katie to care for her younger brother while her mother is away.

Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Smashed

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She is struggling with her father’s rejection of her family, and when Alec is nice to her, she ignores her reservations about him and starts falling for him.

Sep 19 2014 | Read Full Review of Smashed

In The Horn Book Guide, there’s never a shortage of sports-themed books, from high-interest bait for reluctant readers to entertaining diversions for voracious ones.

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