Lush by Natasha Friend.
Sam is a teenage girl living in an alcoholic household. She can’t have friends over for sleep overs, has to hide her father’s drinking from the neighbors, and finds herself getting angrier and angrier. To relieve some of the pressure, she picks a nice looking older teen to send a note to about her situation. But the note doesn’t get read by the person she wants it to. Instead she finds herself not getting sympathy, but getting tough love. Sam keeps on writing, intrigued by the person writing her back. As her father’s drinking becomes worse, Sam finds that she can no longer help him by hiding it.
Friend, author of Perfect, has done it again. She has created a well-written, accessible book about a real teen girl who has to make heart-rending decisions that not only affect her but her entire family. The book is a quick read that is sure to be popular with teen girls looking for problem novels. But they will discover that some problem novels, like this one, are the best of the bunch.