Lush by Natasha Friend

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Level: 14 and up

# of Pages: 178 p.

RAC Book: Yes

Samantha struggles with the fact that her father is an alcoholic. He is a successful architect who often comes home late or not at all due to his drinking habits. Her mother is constantly making excuses for him and trying to tell her that everything is okay, but Samantha does not believe this and starts to grow distant from him. After a binge he is always apologetic and promising change, but Sam quickly learns that his word means nothing. Her little brother is young enough that he doesn’t understand what is going on, but Sam tries to protect him from it nonetheless. She begins leaving notes for someone in the library she believes might be able to help her, but the person responding to her notes is not who she thinks it is. As she deals with some bullying at school the situation at home continues to get worse. The worst part is that she starts to wonder if she could have the same tendencies as her father.

Alcoholism is a very serious topic for young adults, but this story relates the topic best to teenagers and what it can be like to live with an alcoholic. This book discusses the warning signs, the symptoms, and even the steps needed to begin overcoming this disease. Having said that, it never gets preachy or gives the impression that something of this nature can be fixed quickly. Communication is stressed as being very important to helping a family member work through this problem. A good book about a serious subject.

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11 Responses to “Lush by Natasha Friend”


  1. 1 stephanie December 10, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    this book is so good. ive read it like 20 times and i still find it interesting each time i read it.

  2. 3 GUNTHER January 16, 2009 at 4:00 am

    OMFG THIS WAS THE WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IT MADE NO SENCE WHAT SO EVER ..YOU GUYS HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!

    • 4 Annoymous December 14, 2009 at 12:08 am

      GUNTHER you obviously are to simple minded to under stand the meaning of this book so maybe in a couple of years read it again and actually pay attention and figure out what its about

    • 5 Anonymous May 11, 2014 at 2:27 am

      I don’t even think you read this book…. you’ve gotta be kidding me right, this book is the most outstanding book I’ve ever read. my best friend’s mother is an alcoholic and I suggested this book to her and it helped her sooooo much!

  3. 6 Emil March 3, 2009 at 4:31 am

    i thought that “lush” is an excellent book for teenage girls to read. it was helpful just because i could connect a lot with it. i love the main character SAM. i liked how the book was pointed more towards her and her life instead of her dads life.

    • 7 Anonymous March 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      i think that ”lush” is one of the best books ive ever read i read at least on book a week and finish it. it was better than ”the first part last” and ”my sisters keeper” it was such an amazing book. another great amazing book was ”perfect chemistry” and its an inlighting read. if you liked ”lush” then youll love ”perfect chemistry”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 8 haley September 27, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    This book is the best i had to read a book and i automatically chose this one and then for the best part i had to do a commercial of this book for a project ūüôā

  5. 9 Anonymous October 17, 2011 at 12:49 am

    this book was one of my favorite i finished it resently and it was wonderful … i would recomend it for any chlid around my age it was a good book and if anyone were to ask me for a book that can refer to any teens life this is it…… it made total sense and love it honestly

  6. 10 Anonymous January 7, 2012 at 2:31 am

    whats the theme of the book??

  7. 11 Anonyamous September 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    had to pick a book for school. Randomly picked out “Lush”. From what everyone is saying it sounds pretty good so… wish me luck! happy reading everyone


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