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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  4,473 ratings  ·  492 reviews
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 willi ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published November 1st 2006)
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As part of my long-term banned book project, I'm reading a few of the young adult novels that have shown up on the ALA's Top Ten Banned and Challenged List. Natasha Friend's Lush made the list in 2010, so I sat down to read it. And I have to say, I'm baffled. Why anyone would object to this book is beyond me. But according to the ALA, parents (and right wing religious crusaders) object to the book for the following reasons: it deals with drugs, it contains offensive language, it is sexually expl ...more
The title of this book is Lush by. Natasha Friend. I enjoyed reading this story. The setting of this story takes place at Sam’s house but some other events occur at the library and school. The main characters are Samantha also known as Sam, Luke Sam’s little brother, Sam’s dad and Sam’s mom. This is what the story is about.
Samantha’s father is a terribly bad drinker and she hates it about him. She hides this from all her friends but she feels it’s time to tell someone. Sam goes to the library a
Alysha Speer
Samantha's dad is a drunk. She's thirteen, she doesn't know what to do about it. She keeps it a secret from everyone.
Well when her father starts to get worse and worse, finally hitting her little brother Luke with a bottle, and causing him to have to go to the hospital and get 24 stitches, Sam starts to hate him.
Patrick (Sam's father) is sent to a rehab center. Sam doesn't exactly miss him. She needs someone to tell, though. Just someone. So she writes notes and leaves them in a book in the pub
Madison Narcross
Lush by Natasha Friend

Lush is a good book, not my all time favorite but I enjoyed it. This short read is about a girl in 8th grade, Samantha (Sam), who has a family situation unlike her friends. Her father is an alcoholic, he has bottles "hidden" all around the house but Sam knows where they all are. Sam hates hiding her secret but she knows she can't tell any of her friends, her mom is no help, and her brother is too young. Sam feels desperate so one day in the library she writes a note to som
Britney Low
This book was recommended to me by my friend. I chose this book because when my friend explained the summary it sounded interesting.
One thing that impressed me in the book was how the author described each character throughout the story. One quote that explains what the book was about is “When you see a small change in your life it means it’s a huge change in personality and your trait.” This quote represents what I wrote because in the book a girl called Samantha is living a hard time at home b
Madison Murray
I absolutely loved this book. There was not one part that was boring, it made you want to keep reading it. I love how Sam is always on the run and checking on her her dad, how nice. I think that she should of talk one on one with him thought. But other than that, it was great!
Genesis Aldea
I read the book lush because I saw it in my ELA class library and thought that it looked like a good book. When I started reading the book I had high expectations. This book told a story and I'm so happy that I read it.
It was amazing how well Sam held up with her dad never coming home, and when he does he's very drunk. Sam is strong and hesitant that her father will get better and stop drinking. One example of Sam's father acting out of control, is when he threw a bottle of Jim Bean at her litt
I like this book a lot. I think it is writen very well and it kept me wanting to read and read.
For kids who have parents who have alcoholic problems,should read this!!
Kharli Farquharson
I read Lush by, Natasha Friend because it was recommended by a one of my classmates. She told me that the book had a great story line which made me give the book high expectations for what the story line should set out to be. The book ended up having a great story line which demonstrated how to have dignity and one of the more important elements, friendship. Lush showed how friendship is way more important than failing boyfriends, alcoholic fathers, blindsided mothers or even nagging grandmas. I ...more
Chantal Esquivel

I picked this book because it caught my attention since I read the back cover. The fact that it was a fiction book was what first made me interested in it and what made pick this book to read. I kept reading this book till the end because this was a tough time for this girl and to think she tried to go through this along and to trust a stranger with her family problems was brave and made me want to know how it ended. This book kind of gave me a little push as too get closer to a friend, I n
Sam has trouble at home: her father is an alcoholic, but nobody is truly admitting it, and her father always swears he’s going to change. This means Sam has to hide her home life from her friends, teachers and the world at large, for as her Nana puts it, they can’t be sharing their dirty laundry with everyone. Things are starting to get really hard for Sam, though, and she decides to try to find an anonymous friend and starts writing notes and leaving them in the library. Eventually, her father ...more
The story is about Samantha Gwynn.
She is a thirteen year-old girl who has an alcoholic father (he is an Architect) and her mother a yoga freak, she has a little brother named Luke. She was protecting him because she's protecting him from his father's crazy-drunk-acts. She was unease with her family and spends more time w/ her true friends Tracey, Vanessa and Angie. She used to have a good friend Charlie Parker wherein she shares her secret to him. Unfortunately, their friendship was broken becau
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Sierra Calhoun
June 2, 2002
Reading Response
The book entitled Lush by Natasha Friend was a very interesting book that shows just how much alcoholism can negatively affect a family. It really captured the downside of alcohol abuse. It is a book that everyone should read, especially young teens because I believe that teenagers sometimes have the wrong idea about drinking and what it can do to a person.
In the story, the father in the family is an alcoholic. His alcoholism causes tremendous pain
Gina Richardson/Mengarelli
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Alyssa Morres
Contemporary Realistic Fiction

In the book "Lush" it talks about a 13 year old named Sam who is in desperate search for answers. Why is her dad an alcoholic? Why can't she tell her friends this secret? She ends up writing a note to someone she doesn't know to help her find answers. In the end she gains a relationship with her secret friend and also finds the answer to her questions along the way. This book is really well written and gives a great perspective of someone who is affecte
Jensen Gomez
Lush by Natasha Friend is a realistic fiction story about a young girl named Sam. On the outside Sam seems pretty typical, she gets good grades and hangs out with her friends every Saturday night. But on the inside she has some secrets that not even her best friend knows. She has kept this secret from all her friends only one kids knows and now she hates him. So one day In the library she writes a note to a random person in the library asking for advise and what she gets is a lot more than she b ...more
Alisa Pelkey
This book was amazing! I can't even imagine my father being an alcoholic. It's amazing what this girl and her brother goes through throughout the story. I would recommend it to anyone who thinks it sounds interesting because it really is!
♥ Sandi
This banned YA book was a good read. Short book with a quick easy story dealing with an all too well known family affliction. It dealt with the problems a family faces when one lives with an alcoholic. Living with a enabling Yoga obsessed mother, a younger brother who may have ADHD and a fully functioning alcoholic father, teenager Sam is trying to make the correct choices. Thanks to two young men, Sam veres in both directions - the right one and the wrong one - until she finally decides where s ...more
This book was extremely great. I ended up finishing it in 2 days and could NOT put it down. It made me feel like I was right there with her, experiencing it in her shoes, it was emotional at times. Samantha is a great character, all through the book she acts as if she's the strongest person. She proves that she is very strong. She's having to deal with a father that's a drunk, coming home from work drunk, not even getting to talk to him until the morning and even then, he's hung-over and can't f ...more
Madison H.
Natasha Friend tells the story of a girl with an alcoholic father in the realistic fiction novel Lush. “Well my father is at it again” (Pg. 1). Samantha has had a rough life. Her father is an alcoholic and her mother thinks everything is fine. Samantha’s little brother is a high spirit little boy and loves his dad very much but does not know that there is something wrong with him. When the issue really becomes a problem the family starts to become worried. With her dad gone missing for a few hou ...more
emma kenniff
The book "Lush" by Natasha Friend showed the struggle in a persons like behind the face they hide. Samantha the main character struggles because her dad is a drunk. Many big ideas come up in this book like alcohol, friendship, and change. Samantha's father show symbolism of a addiction that he cant stop. Samantha's friends do not know her story she hides it behind this happy face that really inside she wants break down and cry. Her poor brother Luke does not know whats going on he is to young t ...more
Natasha Friend

This book is about a teenage girl whos dad is an alcaholic. She gets so sick of it and wants to talk to someone about it so she puts a note talking about her situation and asking for help in the library for this girl. Instead if the girl getting it, someone with the initials A.J.K gets it and talks to her about it. The situation with her dad just gets worse, and ske meets A.J.K without knowing who is going to show up.

I think this book was a very powerful book about parents who
I thought that this book was really good because it was about a complicated girls life. I also liked it because this book teaches a strong lesson about how you should chose your paths wisely in life.

I can connect with Samantha because she felt like at the time she did not have a father, and sometimes, alot of the people in someone's life can feel the same way about someone in their life. My favorite part was when she slapped her father, but soon finally connected with him.
Apr 01, 2008 nora rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls who like books about experiences of other girls
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1. This book is about a 13 year old girl named Samantha and her farther takes alcohol. He always makes problems when he gets home. Samantha send notes to anonymous person for advices about her farther taking alcohol. So the anonymous person sends notes back with advices about her farther and Samantha's other problems. At the end of the book she finds out who the anonymous person was. I won't tell who the person is because it spoils it for you.

2. I choose this book because Ambika and Nithusa r
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Lush by Natasha Friend
Sam needs a friend, just someone who wouldn’t judge her or, more importantly, her dad. Sam has friends at school but she thinks none of them will understand. Her dad is an alcoholic. She’s thirteen years old and shuts people out when she needs them the most.
She gets harassed by all of the boys at school about her figure, but that’s the least of her worries. Sam plays the role of Mother to her little brother Luke. She gets annoyed with her own mother because her mom thinks
Alexa Piekarski
The book Lush is about a girl named Samantha also known as Sam, she has some problems going on at home and doesn't have anyone to talk to about it. Her father is an alcoholic and her Mom is obssesed with yoga. She also has a brother named Luke. Sam is always protecting him from her crazy drunk father. An example of Sams Dad getting out of control is when he threw a bottle of beer on her little brother Luke. Throughout the book she leaves a note in a certain book in the library and Sam and a stra ...more
Fatima-zahra Jamaleddine

Friday, September 19, 2014

There are a lot of themes in the novel but only these ones are the major themes. Frienship is a difficult work for Samantha . Her dad always drink and come home drunk and wake up everyone in their house. Her father always lies and stpped bonding with his loved ones. Another theme is lost. Samantha is lost and dosen’t know what to do with her parents. Her mom always does yoga and says praying that includes yoga in their meals. Samantha’s dad is an alcoholic drinker. Sam
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A writer and full time mom, Natasha (Tasha, Tash) Friend has taught at the Brearley School in New York City and Ecole Bilingue in Cambridge. She also served as Director of the Brimmer and May Summer Camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Her writing has appeared in "Family Fun" magazine and "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul." Tash lives in Connecticut with her husband and two little boys.

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