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Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother’s briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High.

Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her app
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Published December 10th 2014 by Prizm Books
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T.B. Markinson
Dec 22, 2014 T.B. Markinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Deidra’s mother is a nightmare. She’s selfish, demeaning, extremely insecure, and makes horrible decisions. And poor Deidre has to take care of her. When her mom has a relationship with one of her high school students, Deidra’s life is sent into a tailspin. They lose their nice home and have to live in a run-down apartment. Her mother can only get a teaching job at a dangerous high school. Deidra enrolls in the same school to finish her senior year. When everyone discovers what happened, Deidra ...more
Lela
Jun 24, 2015 Lela rated it liked it
Pretty good book. The story was different and interesting. I did keep wondering why the 18- year old girl was so immature in social, dating skills & thoughts plus being a milquetoast!
There's also an interweaving of a subject often in the news in recent times. The use of language was fairly standard but the editing was good. I received this book to review from librarything.
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What we do reflects on those around us, right or wrong. When Deirdra’s mother, once again, puts her own pleasures ahead of propriety and her child, Deirdra is the one to pay the dearest price. The teenage years are filled with enough angst and insecurity in the school setting, being accepted or just not standing out as an object of taunts, bullying and laughter would be a dream come true for Deirdra. Having moved to a
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Bish Denham
Dec 26, 2014 Bish Denham rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I knew this was going to be a tough read. It is raw, graphic and, at times, extremely painful to read. That said, I know from experience after working for 23 years with abused, neglected and emotional disturbed kids that Deidre's story is, sadly, all too real.

I liked her right from the start. She reacts just like I saw real abused kids react. Despite her mother's neglect and abuse, Deidre loves her, and even wants to protect her. And she hates her mother, for making her feel small and without va
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Sue1958
I received this book directly from the author Medeia Sharif, the blurb intrigued me. I was eager to get into this book.

I started this last night, early evening, I had to stick with it until the end, so I read this in one sitting. I'm tired today! But I just had to finish it.

Here we have a Mother who is also a teacher. She got involved with a student and was suspended from her job.
Whilst the devastation is on the Mother with her not having work now to earn, and the shame of it all, she really h
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Kelly Hashway
Dec 16, 2014 Kelly Hashway rated it it was amazing
Wow! It's been a long time since I've sat down and read a book cover to cover. Life always seems to get in the way. But I could not pull myself away from this story. Deidra has a very tough life. Her mother is…well, she's a mess. A complete mess, and Deidra is suffering because of it. Deidra is forced to leave her old life and friends because her mother, a public school teacher, had an affair with a student. Now they are on the run from her mother's past and Deidra is just trying to survive in a ...more
Guinevere Thomas
Actual Score: 3.5

What an interesting ride. I have to say, this book deviates very far from my typical "whimsical" reads. I do like edgy and gritty, and since I enjoyed this, I'd definitely look for more books for all age categories(though it's always more intense coming from YA) as it has characters you just loved to hate so much.


Vitamins and Death followed the exploits of Deidra Battle, a seemingly depressed teen. She's forced to move away from her home based on her mother losing her job, to a
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S.A. Larsen
Jan 27, 2015 S.A. Larsen rated it it was amazing
A delicate situation, true to life and relatable in similar ways even if circumstances differ.

The opening of this story is shrouded in Deidra's need to remain invisible. If no one sees her, no one will ask questions. Existing is all the living she wants to do until she graduates in a few months. That's freedom. That's her escape. But as most would probably guess, life never makes it that easy. The harder Deidra tries to hide, the more visible she becomes.

Soon the story's covering adds the tensi
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Cherie
Dec 16, 2014 Cherie rated it it was amazing
Deidra's mother screwed up, yet it is Deidra who almost pays the ultimate price in Medeia Sharif's Vitamins and Death. The stigma of being the daughter of a teacher who slept with a student haunts Deidra and follows her mother and her to their new high school. This novel is emotionally hard to read. Many times I wanted to shake or slap Deidra's mom. She needed to woman-up and become an adult for her daughter. Deidra has the potential for a promising future, and I craved that for her. Her growth ...more
C. McKenzie
Feb 26, 2015 C. McKenzie rated it it was amazing
Deidra had my heart from chapter one on. Struggling to make it through one of the biggest periods of change in any young life--high school--she must also cope with a seriously warped mother. While she craves invisibility at her new school, she gets notoriety, and all due to her mother's severely bad choices. When she's attacked and threatened by members of the under belly of the school population, it's a relief to discover one stand up guy in her corner. At the core of this story is the ...more
Elizabeth Seckman
Jan 12, 2015 Elizabeth Seckman rated it it was amazing
I'd love to say this book is unrealistic, but sadly I know it's probably a very common story. Young Deirdra is being raised by a selfish child. Her mother is more concerned with her own life and her own happiness to worry about her child. Fortunately for Deirdra, she understands her mother is the one with the problem and keeps moving herself toward a stable life as she looks forward to turning 18 and getting out on her own. There are challenges and heart breaks along the way, but she stays ...more
Marcus Damanda
Dec 25, 2014 Marcus Damanda rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, we read books to go on adventures to mythical places and have magical experiences. Other times, we read books to find romance, or even just friendship. Still other times, some of us read to scare ourselves out of the doldrums of our daily lives. In short, sometimes we read books to escape.
And then there are the times we read a book that delivers reality in a dark, desolate, and undeniably compelling damnation of the human condition. VITAMINS AND DEATH, by Medeia Sharif, is one of thes
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Tracey Digilormo
Jan 30, 2015 Tracey Digilormo rated it it was amazing
After reading 52 kikes I could not wait to read this book. I can say I was not disappointe. This is a very intense read, however as sad as it is this is real life for some people. I am not saying the circumstances are the same. I am saying there will be a lot of people that are able to relate to Deidra.

The characters are well developed in this story.Ddeidra has had to leave her school, her friends, and her home, Her mother has her right in the middle of a horrible situation. Her mother turns to
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Sherry Ellis
Jun 30, 2015 Sherry Ellis rated it it was amazing
Deidre Battle is a high school senior whose life is a mess. It's all because of her mother, a teacher who had sexual relations with a student and got kicked out of her school. To make matters worse, the mom has become a pill popping addict. Vitamins and sedatives are part of her daily diet. Deidre is forced to leave a school she liked, and go to a rotten place of nasty kids who want to do her harm and make her life even more miserable than it already is.

Vitamins and Death is packed with raw emot
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Kai Strand
Jan 31, 2015 Kai Strand rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Deidra’s life stinks. It only has one saving grace and that’s the developing relationship with Malcolm. Her life is messed up when the story opens and it only gets worse. But despite a horrible upbringing, living in filth, and going to an awful school, Deidra stays focused on the goals of finishing high school and getting out on her own. Those goals aren’t far-fetched at all. I’m sure there are plenty of teens doing exactly the same thing each school year, who can understand why Deidra hoped to ...more
T.F.
Jan 09, 2015 T.F. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, contemporary, 2015
This is the first book from Medeia Sharif that I’ve read, and I was completely moved. I knew the story topic would be difficult, but it was also a book I couldn’t put down once I started. It was filled with raw, heartbreaking emotions, but from that we started to see Deirdra trying to find a way out of the horrible mess her mother dragged her into. I adored her growing relationship with Malcom and how much of an impact that had on her.

At times, I wanted to scream at Deirdra’s mother to wake up
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Christine Rains
Jan 29, 2016 Christine Rains rated it really liked it
Deidra Battle feels trapped at home with an abusive mother and at school with vicious bullies. There's nothing she wants more than to have the world forget about her. Having to move to a new high school because her mom had an affair with a student at her previous school was difficult enough. But the students at the new and rougher school find out about her mother. Life is even worse than before. Will Deidra make it through to graduation and escape the hostile life she lives?

A dark, gritty, and i
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Jeanette
Sep 12, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it
This book is certainly different to my usual read and it did take me a little while to get into the story. I very rarely write what a story is about as I always fear of spoiling for others. Very true to life and there were parts that I could relate to, even though quite different in circumstances. For instance, I had a teacher when I was in senior school who had an affair with a pupil, but the teacher was sacked. I would recommend this book whether you are YA or at the other end of the age ...more
Brandi Nyborg
Sep 18, 2015 Brandi Nyborg rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of those books that breaks your heart. You really feel for the main character. It really shows you what it is like to grow up with an addict for a parent. So many bad things happen to Deidra that are 100% her mother's fault. I really liked Deidra and how strong she is despite her circumstances. A quick read that will stay with you!
Bernadette
Sep 29, 2015 Bernadette rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this story a lot. It is a story about a girl who suffers consequences based on her mothers actions. The story is so convincing that it is easy to forget it is not real. It was well written and worth reading if you are looking for something interesting.
Debbie
Jan 11, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
This book is NOT for the faint of heart. it deals with real issues and many of the adult kind. I wasn't expecting the book to be as dark as it was but I still really loved it.
See my full review on bookish in a few weeks! !
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Robyn
Feb 10, 2015 Robyn rated it liked it
good, realistic book. Hard to put down.
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Medeia Sharif was born in New York City and presently calls Miami her home. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Published through various presses, she writes middle grade and young adult short stories and novels. In addition to being a writer, she’s a public school teacher.
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