Ashby Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Ash Libby was popular, always surrounded by friends, someone to look up to. But now Ash outrages half the town, suspects his mother of reading his mind, hears Judas the Betrayer on the radio---the bedroom Wes shares with him doesn't exactly feel like the safest place in the world anymore. Ash is falling apart, Wes can't help him, because the Libbys don't even know what's wrong. Eventually, Ash's problem unravels and the Libbys put their lives back together. Wes writes about that too in this exceptional and gripping account of a family's ---and a brother's ---pain, and of how someone lives on in spite of it.
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In the book Ash, by Lisa Fraustino, the protangonist, Ash, is faced with the trouble of discovering he has a mental illness. Before Ash knew this, he did drugs. So his parents just thought he was acting weird because of the drugs and not a mental illnes. The main conflict of this novel is man vs. self, because Ash has to learn to control his split personality. The rising action of the novel is all the events leading up to Ash and his family discovering his illness. Three things i liked from the book were, the bond between Ash and Westley, the band, the up country boys, and the friendship between Westley and Merle. Ash and Westley have an amazing bond in this book. Ash saved Westley from being hit by a car and from falling "offen" the roof. I think some of the songs and were the up country boys play tell alot about them. the dont really want to be famous they just want to play music together. the friendship between Westley and Merel is test a few times on acount of Ash's illness, but they have a strong love for eachother. in the book it talks about how Merel and Westley snuck into the blueberry factory and never told anyone, and about their secret cabin, and how on Westley's 15th birthday Merel make him this huge sign. Three things I don't like about thins book are, the things Ash does because of his illness, Ash's new band, and how little it seems Deena cares about her brother. Because of Ash's split personality he does some pretty dumb things. He runs naked through Westley's 14th birthday party saying horrible things about Merel, one night he does 'unmentionalbles" to Deena while she was slepping, and he getts into drugs alot. Ash,s new band does more drugs than shows. every song they write has to do with drugs or getting high. Deena cares alot at first about her brother's illnes, but then she starts to not care at all. She calls him things like "ASHhole" or "ASHwhipe". it makes me mad that she loses confidence in her brother.