Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780439853507, 188pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2007
The perils of dealing with a new stepfamily are illuminated with the same Blume-like heart and wit that Natasha Friend brought to PERFECT and LUSH.
Natasha s newest title, Lush, boldly delves into the tumultuous life and mind of a thirteen-year-old girl whose father is an alcoholic. Samantha must cope with sadness, secrecy, and shame in addition to her own teenage trials. Just when Samantha s skin toughens and emotions numb, it gets worse for her. Natasha wrote this book in an effort to spotlight the proverbial elephant in the room, so that its presence is acknowledged and removed.
Natasha currently resides in Connecticut with her husband, Erik, and sons, Jack and Ben.