by Natasha Friend

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ISBN-13: 9780545231831
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 351,258
File size: 192 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Natasha Friend was born to an English professor father and a poet/actress mother. She was raised in a house without a TV. At the time, she thought this was the worst form of torture. Now, she understands the method to her parents' madness: they wanted her to be a reader. Spending most of her childhood at the Hamilton Public Library, Natasha found her mecca, the young-adult section, and her idol, Judy Blume. Natasha began dictating stories to her father, who typed them up on his 1930's Remington typewriter. Most involved rainbows, unicorns, and poor orphan girls discovering treasure. She knew she was supposed to be a writer in seventh grade, when a sweet boy gave her a love poem and she felt compelled to correct it for syntax and rhyme scheme.
Today, Natasha is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, My Life in Black and White, Where You'll Find Me, and The Other F-Word. When she isn't writing, she is building forts and making chocolate-chip pancakes. Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, three children, and dog, Beckett. Visit her at

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Lush 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
BookWerm21 More than 1 year ago
Sam has always had a secret; her father is an alcoholic. This takes a major toll on her and her family as Sam tries to grow up as normally as possible. Her mother makes excuses for her Dad, and her little brother Luke is too young to help. So in a moment of desperation, Sam turns to a girl named Juliet who she always sees in the library, writing her an anonymous letter explaining her situation and asking for help. As the story progresses, Sam and "Juliet" exchange many notes in between pages 32 and 33 in The History of Modern Whaling. However, Sam also finds herself with another problem when an older boy from the library named Drew takes an interest in her. After lying to her friends and ditching their usual sleepover for a high school party, she gets herself into a lot of trouble with both her friends and herself. Things also get worse when her father, who was drunk, smashed a bottle in her brother Luke's face. She is constantly reminded of this by the stitches on his face from his nose to his ear. Her father goes to a rehab center called Shady Brook Farm to get help for his growing problem. This is a great book that has a surprise twist in the end that was great. She stays true to her insight and the story is written perfectly in the persona of a middle schooler. Any Natasha Friend fan will enjoy this book very much! ****PLEASE RATE THIS REVIEW****
Turk More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but the thing with it was, it just ended. You never found out some stuff. It just left you hanging. But I liked the story overall, it wasn't bad I just wish the ending was different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Samantha has a secret;Her dads and alcoholic but he wont admit it.He has been hiding alcohol bottles all over the house.When her dad makes a mistake the whole family turns the oppisite of what they really are.Sams brother doesn't say much anymore and her mom is sad all the time.When Sam finally finds out who her secret note taker is she is very surprised...... This is a very good book so I hope you enjoy it!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title of the book Is Lush by Natasha Friend. It’s about this thirteen year girl whose father is an alcoholic and her mother is a yoga freak and thinks that everything in life can just be breathed out. She hides all her family problems and her real life from her best friends because she doesn’t want the girls to think different of her. I first met Samantha, the main character, as she watches as her father is passed out in a plate of lasagna. I chose this book because honestly it did not have very many pages and the words were sort of in a bigger text. When I started reading I discovered there was more to it behind the words. If I really had thought about it. I could kind of relate to Sam but it a total different way not alcohol but drugs. It destroyed her family just like mine. I would recommend this book because it keeps you wanting to read more, funny at times, and has a great meaning behind it all. There were some events that went on that shouldn’t for a thirteen year old girl, but that is life. I’d say it should be read by fifteen year olds and up. Lush was an amazing book but I believe it lacked in the very end. She did not connect us to what happened it just ended in a daze. I’d still rate it five stars if I had to. I gave great points and ideas to anyone who might be dealing with the same problems. It was basically a diary of Samantha’s life I think. She went through the drama, boys, and keeping her grades and friends up to point. There is a story behind everyone’s smile. In every dark room there is a light, just have to turn it on. People go through the rough to make them who they become. This book really packs a punch. I loved it! Destiny Brown 11/19/13
booksrgr8_teen258 More than 1 year ago
I got this book after I read anither book by Natasha Friend, called BOUNCE. BOUNCE was absolutely amazing and I was very excited to read this one. It was a short read, but I think that the storyline was very good. When Samantha's dad always comes home and is drunk, she is very frusterated, and it soon becomes a handful. WHen He comes home and never remebers anything in the morning, Sam is very agitated,. Since Sam cannot tell any of her friends that hjer dad is drunk all the time, she picks a random person in the library to write notes to. The person gives her good advice and Sam goes to it for everything. One day Sam decides to go to a party with a highschooler, and it begins to get out of hand. He trys to it her and when she tells him that she is only a "chlid, " only thirteen he freaks out and leaves her. After she gets abducted by lamos from her class and she is pressured to do things she isn't. When she herself is drunk, Sam sees through her dads eyes. But then the unexpected happens and Sams dad hits her brother with a wine bottle she must euither go for help or protect her dad. What will she choose? read on to find out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. **Reviewed by: Karin Perry
KaMa6 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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?
DF2A_ChelseaT on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really did enjoy reading this book, it really grabbed my attention. It was an amazing plot that told about a girl who was dealing with her father's drinking problem. Which is an incident that could happen to any teenage girl. I really like how the author tied together the main characters problem as a teenager and the main character's problems with her dad.
ewyatt on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sam is having a hard time dealing with all the changes in her life, particularly her father's drinking. She writes a note seeking advice from a high school girl about how to deal with her life and leaves it in a book at the library. As the story goes along, Sam's life gets more difficult to navigate and she learns a lot of tough lessons along the way. This was a really quick read that sucked me in and I kept turning the pages until I was through with the book.
tasha on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sam is a teenage girl living in an alcoholic household. She can't have friends over for sleep overs, has to hide her father's drinking from the neighbors, and finds herself getting angrier and angrier. To relieve some of the pressure, she picks a nice looking older teen to send a note to about her situation. But the note doesn't get read by the person she wants it to. Instead she finds herself not getting sympathy, but getting tough love. Sam keeps on writing, intrigued by the person writing her back. As her father's drinking becomes worse, Sam finds that she can no longer help him by hiding it. Friend, author of Perfect, has done it again. She has created a well-written, accessible book about a real teen girl who has to make heart-rending decisions that not only affect her but her entire family. The book is a quick read that is sure to be popular with teen girls looking for problem novels. But they will discover that some problem novels, like this one, are the best of the bunch.
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OMG_ITS_JASON_DERULO More than 1 year ago
AMAZING,,,,one of the best books ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Friday cant post so hes at dubliner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am back are u here ~ty~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
will explain more if this goes through - Isabel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was fun. Where the hell did you get the idea that we were dating?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own the real book and i love it so far great for teens and preteens i love it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing nd i never wanted to put it down PLEASE READ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book lush,is ssooooooooo amazing and inspirational. Very many kids in the world are going through the same thing sam was going through and when they read that book, it gave them advice without them being too embarrased to ask. And for the person who said this book was horrible; i know its only an opinion, but thats hekka wack
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is a good book that is good for 5 stars
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This book is the best and its so relatable and enjoyable