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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 it.

It's hard to be a 13-yr-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...

A bold, honest Scholastic Press debut from Natasha Friend.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780439853460
Branch Call Number: Frien
Characteristics: 178 pages


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Oct 17, 2013

i think lush is a great book. definitly for girls 7th grade and up. i learned a lot from this book. i suggest this to anyone who loves books like these

Blue_Dog_4514 Jul 16, 2012

girl you need some serious help and your father.when i read this book i was about to cry and have so much tears.all of her books are realy grate and i only would read thouse types of books.

Ólive Jul 16, 2012

it relates to me

Ólive Jul 16, 2012


LOVELYCUTE55 Jul 16, 2012

many teenagers can relate to this realistic fiction story and the drama is sooo awsome!!! i cant image what i would do if my dad was an alcoholic ???

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

this book was rlly good to read (i recommend PPLE)

roxybaby Jun 11, 2012

This book explains the point of veiw of the child of an alcholic,which both shows how hard,scary,and sad it could be

HA_teen May 21, 2012

Good storyline and I like how Friend's depiction of Sam (the main character) stood out. Some unexpected outcomes, but all for the better. 😃

Mar 17, 2012

I absoloutley love this book! great storyline and great characters! :)

Feb 11, 2012

OMG suuuch a good book!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“right now,I am my father”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“No matter what those sex-ed teachers say about how great condoms are, there's not a condom in the world to protect you from heartbreak.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“When you see a small change in your life it means its a huge change in personality and your trait”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“I want to keep sleeping, but the sun outside my window has other ideas: First blind her. Then jab her eyeballs with scorching-hot daggers.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“When you believe in something, stand up for it, even if everyone is sitting.”

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black_ant_101123 Dec 17, 2013

black_ant_101123 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

mischief_managed Aug 13, 2012

mischief_managed thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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roxybaby thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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Ólive Jul 16, 2012

Sam's father is an alcoholic. He frequently comes home drunk and hides bottles of alcohol around the house. Her mother is using yoga to live in denial. Her brother Luke is four and doesn't really understand what is going on. Sam has shared none of this with her best friends at school. How can she when her own family reminds her that they don't air their dirty laundry in public. In desperation, she leaves a note in the library, hoping an older High School girl she sees there every day will answer and give some advice. Her note is answered, but not by who she wanted. Still, this annonymous person is a good listener, and with their advice, Sam begins to be able to deal with her problems and grow as a human being.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

Being thirteen is hard, but it gets harder when your father is a drunk. Samantha Gywnn feels exactly the same way. Because of her father's crazy acts, Samantha is on a quest to protect her four year old brother, Luke, from him. Her mother, a yoga "freak", thinks that she needs to go easy on the old man. Despite having three, trustworthy friends, Vanessa, Angie and Tracy, Sam hides the fact that her dad drinks. She feels that anyone who found out would loathe her. Sam used to have a good friend named Charlie Parker whom she had shared her secret with. But their friendship was broken when Samantha thought Charlie stole her bra and put it on show back in seventh grade. Samantha decides, to help her feel better, leave notes in the pages of a book to a stranger in the library, the only place where she can freely be herself. She assumes that the stranger is a girl in high school with the initials A.J.K and they continue to pass messages.


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