Friend, Natasha. Perfect.FRIEND, Natasha. Perfect. Read by Danielle Ferland Danielle Ferland (b. January 31, 1971 in Derby, Connecticut) is an American actress and singer who appeared as Louise in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George in 1984 and as Fredrika in the 1991 Lincoln Center Revival of A Little Night Music . 3 tapes. 4.5 hrs. Recorded Books. 2004/2005. 1-4193-7013-8. $28.75. Vinyl; plot notes. J
From the review of the book in KLIATT, November 2004: "Isabelle is just 13 years old, and she, her mother, and her younger sister are still reeling reel·ing
Sustained noise, as from hammering: "Hark that reeling, now, you'll wake the baby!" Anonymous. from the death of Isabelle's father. In fact, Isabelle's mother is barely coping, and her daughters are really concerned about her but don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how to get help. The three seem to have an unspoken pact to not talk about the death, to not talk about their feelings, to pretend to be 'fine.' Isabelle tries to satisfy her emotional hunger by bingeing on junk food junk food
Any of various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value.
junk food and then vomiting vomiting, ejection of food and other matter from the stomach through the mouth, often preceded by nausea. The process is initiated by stimulation of the vomiting center of the brain by nerve impulses from the gastrointestinal tract or other part of the body. it up. The story begins when her little sister sees what she is doing and tells the mom; Isabelle is then put into a therapy group for young girls with food issues. She is stunned stun
tr.v. stunned, stun·ning, stuns
1. To daze or render senseless, by or as if by a blow.
2. To overwhelm or daze with a loud noise.
3. when Ashley, one of the most beautiful and popular girls in her school, joins the group; and then she catches Ashley vomiting in the girls' room at school. The two become a duo--hardly friends, really--spending a lot of time together, eating everything they can get a hold of and then vomiting. The realistic fiction tells how Isabelle begins to understand her own behavior and slowly reaches out for help ... Friend addresses the fact that eating disorders eating disorders, in psychology, disorders in eating patterns that comprise four categories: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, rumination disorder, and pica. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation to avoid obesity. are plaguing ever-younger adolescent girls, the age of Isabelle and Ashley."
Ferland does an admirable job characterizing males and females of varying ages. She both sings and recites religious passages from Jewish ceremonies with ease, although the focus of the story is not religious in nature. Highly recommended for young teens, especially females, although the material is highly instructive for all ages and sexes. Adults will find this surprisingly informative and a source of sensitive, yet often hidden, discussion matter. Sunnie Grant, Hampton, NH
J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.