Location: FIC FRI
Genre: Mental illness- youth
“Natasha Friend, I loved your book. I peeked at the first page and was hooked.” —Judy Blume
Heartfelt and heartbreaking, Where You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend is a moving story about the sometimes unconventional bonds of friendship and family.
The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself. . . .
Dumped by her best friend, Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade “hanging out with different people.”
Deserted by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt.
Trapped in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and a stepmother young enough to wear her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt with pride.
Stuck at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper because she has no one else to sit with.
But what if all isn’t lost? What if Anna’s mom didn’t exactly mean to leave her? What if Anna’s stepmother is cooler than she thought? What if the misfit lunch table isn’t such a bad fit after all?
With help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna just may find herself on the road to okay.
“You know how depression hits?' She takes another drag and blows the smoke out slowly. 'It's like an avalanche. No warning. You're just knocked off your feet. You reach for a ledge . . . no ledge. You reach for a branch . . . no branch. You just keep falling. When you hit the bottom, everything around you settles like concrete. You're up to your neck and you can't move. All you can do is wait.”
Where You'll Find Me is one of those books that sneaks up on you with its depth. Anna's voice is perfect - snarky, funny, heartfelt. A real gem.- Robin