Books by Natasha Friend

HOW WE ROLL by Natasha Friend
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"An unusual, uplifting take on self-discovery and starting over. (Fiction. 13-16)"
After losing her hair—and friends—to alopecia, a high school freshman struggles to find her identity in a new school. Read full book review >
THE OTHER F-WORD by Natasha Friend
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 7, 2017

"Those facing similar quests to find birth parents will find this story comforting. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens that share a sperm donor go on a quest to find their father. Read full book review >
WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME by Natasha Friend
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2016

"An upper-middle-grade winner. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Middle school bitchiness is elevated to high art in this poignant tale of a girl dealing with the aftermath of her mother's suicide attempt. Read full book review >
MY LIFE IN BLACK & WHITE by Natasha Friend
Released: June 28, 2012

"Artful and satisfying. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After a car accident leaves Lexi's face terribly scarred, she is forced to figure out what is truly important in life. Read full book review >
FOR KEEPS by Natasha Friend
Released: April 6, 2010

Having been deserted by her father before she was born, Josie fears abandonment and heartbreak. Her mother fuels this fear with her own reluctance to pursue relationships. Luckily Josie's best friend, Liv, encourages her to make connections with her family and with the very cute and enigmatic Matt. When the parents of Josie's estranged father move back to the area, Josie forges a friendship with her grandfather that gives her some insight into her roots. A tragedy brings the truth about Josie's family to light and provides an unexpected opportunity to forge new relationships. Believable characters and smart dialogue make this story both memorable and entertaining. Fast-paced and full of little twists, Josie's story is a sweet and savvy coming-of-age tale. The story is only slightly marred by its unfortunately saccharine ending, in which everything conveniently works out for the best. Readers will root for Josie and Matt's budding romance, sympathize with the difficulties surrounding unconventional families and be inspired by Liv's honesty and quirkiness. Hopeful and endearing. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
BOUNCE by Natasha Friend
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Since childhood, 13-year-old Evyn Linney has been wishing for one thing: a mother. However, when her widowed father announces that he's remarrying and they're relocating from Maine to Boston, Evyn isn't thrilled, especially when she pieces together that moving in with her new mother, Eleni Gartos, means living with six new siblings. Although this text features the typical predictable horrors of moving, including leaving behind a best friend and the awkwardness of fitting in at a new school, the realistic and genuinely humorous details of the newly formed Linney-Gartos family sets this text apart. Also providing a slightly different angle is Evyn's "relationship" with her deceased birthmother, Stella, who visits her with motherly advice, including the suggestion that Evyn simply let trouble "bounce" off her. These supernatural conversations are at first difficult to swallow, but they reveal much about Evyn, especially as she explores her deeper reasons for wanting to reject her new family. Earnest and funny. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
LUSH by Natasha Friend
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

After years of pretending she has a "normal" family, a worried teen finally confronts her father's alcoholism. Thirteen-year-old Samantha knows her father has a drinking problem, but her parents seem oblivious. Sam's father makes empty promises to stop drinking while her mother immerses herself in yoga classes, defending her husband as a "good man." Although Sam carefully camouflages the situation by inviting friends over only when her father's away, his binges are getting worse and she's afraid he will lose control. Desperate to confide in someone other than her friends, Sam leaves notes in the library asking for advice from an older girl she doesn't really know. When her drunken father injures her little brother and the family's future is jeopardized, Sam must deal with anger and uncertainty as she makes some surprising discoveries about her family, her friends and herself. Sam comes across as a savvy as well as naïve teen who tells her own story with humor, honesty and hope. Realistic family drama. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >
PERFECT by Natasha Friend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Thirteen-year-old Isabelle has a gaping hole in her life: her father died several years ago, and she has never expressed her emotions about the tragedy. She fills the void by binging on junk food, then forcing herself to throw up all those calories. She also finds a new friend, Ashley, a beauty and the most popular girl in their middle school, when the two meet in a group-therapy session for girls with eating disorders. Ashley has progressed much further into bulimia, and convinces Isabelle to leave her own friends and join the popular gang. As the story progresses, Isabelle discovers that Ashley isn't as perfect as she had believed. Clearly and simply written with a nice balance of humor and drama, with insight into the mind of 13-year-olds and how families suffer from trauma, this story can speak to girls coping with their own transitions into adolescence. (Fiction. 10-16)Read full book review >