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Lush by Natasha Friend

Lush (edition 2007)

by Natasha Friend

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Authors:Natasha Friend
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 192 pages
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Samantha struggles to maintain normalcy while living with an alcoholic father. I thought that this novel was very believable, although somewhat hard to read because of the grittiness.
  olivegreen1 | Jun 5, 2011 |
The book Lush is about this girl who wants to fit in with the crowd and have boyfriends and be popular. Then her boyfriend finds out that shes only 13 and he's 16. What will she do? ( )
  KaMa6 | Feb 14, 2011 |
It was sad in some parts but overall it was exciting. ( )
  MrsSClass | Dec 7, 2009 |
It had a lot of action and always left you on your toes. It was very good and interesting. This book could help anyone who has a parent that has drinking problems. There were some inappropriate parts that anyone younger wouldn't be good. AHS/TM
  edspicer | Nov 20, 2009 |
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

Sam has a secret. Her dad is a swiller, a sot, a toper, a guzzler. Her dad is a lush. She has to navigate junior high, while at the same time keep things from falling apart at home. Watching her mother remain quiet while the family walks on eggshells around her father is driving her crazy. Luke, her four-year-old brother, is who she worries about most of all, though. He isn't old enough to read the signs. The signs of whether it's going to be a good day or a bad day.

With no one to talk to, since she doesn't want anyone to know about her father - even her three very best friends - she decides to write a note, sharing all of her feelings, and give it to a total stranger. Sam makes the trip to the local public library several days a week in order to scout out just the right person. She sees a high school girl and decides to make her move.

Sam folds the note and leaves it in the study carrel the girl always uses. Sam writes in the note that if she wants to write back, to leave her response in the book The History of Modern Whaling, catalog information 360.68 Ton, between pages thirty-two and thirty-three. Sam chose this book because it has been at least thirty years since someone has checked it out. She is sure the dust-covered book wouldn't be going anywhere anytime soon.

Someone does write back, though, but not who she expects. The two start a lengthy correspondence where Sam receives several pieces of advice until finally an incident occurs that leads the secret "advice-giver" to set up a time for them to meet.

Natasha Friend has written a touching novel centered around a strong female character. The cycle of emotional abuse that is associated with alcoholism seems to be realistically portrayed and comes full circle, ending with the healing process and what it takes for a family to survive a tragedy, heal, and stay together. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439853478, Paperback)

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...

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Unable to cope with her father's alcoholism, thirteen-year-old Sam corresponds with an older student, sharing her family problems and asking for advice.

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