Great realistic fiction by local author Natasha Friend! Thirteen year old Anna is excited for the start of school; that is until her best friend since they were toddlers dumps her for a new group of girls, and her mom, who battles with depression, swallows a bottle of Advil in a suicide attempt.
Anna has to go live with her dad, his new (young) wife, and their brand new baby until her mom can get back onto her feet again. She can’t imagine things getting better from such a low point, but then help comes from unexpected places. I loved this book; I loved Anna! And it’s pretty cool that Natasha uses a lot of local references, most of which you’ll definitely pick up on if you’re from the area. Great book, important issue, well done!— Kaley
"Natasha Friend, I loved your book. I peeked at the first page and was hooked." --Judy Blume
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.
Heartfelt and heartbreaking, Where You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend is a moving story about the sometimes unconventional bonds of friendship and family.