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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heartfelt look at drinking's impact on families.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Good read.

Something teens and mature tweens should read.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Perfect read for age 11 (6th grade) and up

Lush is a touching novel about a teenage girl who struggles with an alcoholic father. There is nothing sinful or explicit in this novel, and if you are at least eleven and in middle school, this is age appropiate.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (29 ):

It should be apparent from the title: LUSH deals with alcoholism; as such, it is a pretty typical problem novel with a pretty standard story arc. Readers won't be surprised when Sam's father finally hits rock bottom (though his violent attack on her sweet young brother seems over the top). Nor will they be shocked when her family finally begins to heal at the end of the book.

Author Natasha Friend employs a clever device in the letters that Sam exchanges with a mysterious stranger in the library -- though readers may wish it were flushed out a bit more. Friend also creates tender exchanges between Sam and her parents, and her brother. In the end, Friend treads familiar territory here, but her honest depictions of a struggling family may help readers (and their parents) delve into a touchy topic.

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