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Evyn's had enough problems in her life, starting with her mother's death when she was young. But now her father's thrown a whole new batch her way. Not only is he marrying a woman Evyn hardly knows, but he's uprooting Evyn and her brother to go live with this woman . . . and her children. It's a lot of adjustment to make at once. And, quite frankly Evyn has no desire to adjust. She wants her old life, her old friends, and her old house. She knows she's supposed to bounce along with the changes . . . but what happens if she doesn't?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134.11 x 203.71 x 10.92mm | 181.44g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0439853532
  • 9780439853538
  • 1,264,597

About Natasha Friend

Award-winning author of Perfect, Natasha Friend was born in Norwich, New York. Upon receiving her B.A. in Psychology in 1994 from Bates College, Natasha went on to Clemson University to earn her M.A. in English in 1997. As a former camp director and English teacher, Natasha enjoys singing and song-lyric writing and plans to write more books in the future. Her first book, Perfect, poignantly probes the hushed struggles of body image, eating disorders, and grief. Perfect has won the Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature and Book Sense's Pick. When commenting on Perfect, Booklist wrote, "Friend elevates what could have been just another problem novel to a truly worthwhile read of great interest to many girls."
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.
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4 32% (1,009)
3 31% (971)
2 9% (289)
1 2% (79)

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Evyn\'s father has just announced that he is getting remarried, and they will be moving from Maine to Boston immediately. With barely time to say good-bye to her best friend, Jules, Evyn finds herself living with a constantly smiling and cooking stepmother and five new step-siblings. Evyn\'s mother died in a car accident when Evyn was only one. Since then it\'s been just her brother Mackey and their dad, who they both call Birdie. Things have gone along just fine. Now her world has turned upside down. It is one major adjustment at a time. There is a new school to get used to. A group of popular girls seems ready to admit Evyn into their sacred circle, but she soon finds out it\'s because they have a total fascination with her new stepbrother, Ajax. Then there\'s the loud, over-friendly stepmother to contend with, and the sudden changes that have her father acting like someone she\'s never met before. In an effort to deal with all of the change, Evyn finds herself continuing the mental conversations she\'s been having with her dead mother for as long as she can remember. It helps for a while, but Evyn eventually realizes she is going to need to make some adjustments and learn to live in this new and strange family arrangement. Natasha Friend, author of PERFECT and LUSH, takes readers on the roller coaster ride that is Evyn\'s new life. You\'ll feel her frustration, sadness, and fear on every more
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