LushBook - 2006
It's hard to be a 13-yr-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 willing to bring home, the way you see yourself and the world. For Samantha, it's something that's been going on for so long that she's almost used to it. Only, you never get used to it. Especially when it starts to get worse...
A bold, honest Scholastic Press debut from Natasha Friend.
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“No matter what those sex-ed teachers say about how great condoms are, there's not a condom in the world to protect you from heartbreak.”
“When you see a small change in your life it means its a huge change in personality and your trait”
“I want to keep sleeping, but the sun outside my window has other ideas: First blind her. Then jab her eyeballs with scorching-hot daggers.”
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Sam's father is an alcoholic. He frequently comes home drunk and hides bottles of alcohol around the house. Her mother is using yoga to live in denial. Her brother Luke is four and doesn't really understand what is going on. Sam has shared none of this with her best friends at school. How can she when her own family reminds her that they don't air their dirty laundry in public. In desperation, she leaves a note in the library, hoping an older High School girl she sees there every day will answer and give some advice. Her note is answered, but not by who she wanted. Still, this annonymous person is a good listener, and with their advice, Sam begins to be able to deal with her problems and grow as a human being.
Being thirteen is hard, but it gets harder when your father is a drunk. Samantha Gywnn feels exactly the same way. Because of her father's crazy acts, Samantha is on a quest to protect her four year old brother, Luke, from him. Her mother, a yoga "freak", thinks that she needs to go easy on the old man. Despite having three, trustworthy friends, Vanessa, Angie and Tracy, Sam hides the fact that her dad drinks. She feels that anyone who found out would loathe her. Sam used to have a good friend named Charlie Parker whom she had shared her secret with. But their friendship was broken when Samantha thought Charlie stole her bra and put it on show back in seventh grade. Samantha decides, to help her feel better, leave notes in the pages of a book to a stranger in the library, the only place where she can freely be herself. She assumes that the stranger is a girl in high school with the initials A.J.K and they continue to pass messages.
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