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    Smashed by Lisa Luedeke

    Smashed by Lisa Luedeke

    Hardcover, 336 pages

    Expected publication: August 21st 2012

    Margaret K. McElderry Books

     

    Nothing better than to be handed an advanced copy of a great young adult book from a rising young adult author!  Lisa Luedeke’s debut novel, Smashed, hits the mark on so many levels.  The main character, Katie Martin, is a star field hockey player who is dealing with the stress of not knowing why her father, a known alcoholic, has left without a forwarding address or any contact.  In addition, Katie is left to fend for herself and her young brother, Will, while her mother works in another city as a nurse.  Her mother conveniently uses her late hours and distance to justify staying with her doctor boyfriend, thus leaving the kids alone.  Although Katie has two very good friends (one male/one female), she stays pretty much on her own, hoping with all her heart to score a scholarship and leave her hometown. …