Friction

  • Title: Friction
  • Author: E.R. Frank
  • ISBN: 9780689853852
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • Friction Most well known for her devastatingly poignant teen tales of urban desperation and redemption renowned young adult author E R Frank switches gears and narrows her focus to the pivotal events of one
    Most well known for her devastatingly poignant teen tales of urban desperation and redemption, renowned young adult author E R Frank switches gears and narrows her focus to the pivotal events of one 8th grade classroom The progressive petri dish of Forest Alternative s middle school is stirred the wrong way when sophisticated, tongue ringed Stacy makes the scene AlmostMost well known for her devastatingly poignant teen tales of urban desperation and redemption, renowned young adult author E R Frank switches gears and narrows her focus to the pivotal events of one 8th grade classroom The progressive petri dish of Forest Alternative s middle school is stirred the wrong way when sophisticated, tongue ringed Stacy makes the scene Almost immediately, Stacy takes advantage of the school s relaxed and experimental atmosphere to start a little excitement For reasons known only to herself, she begins to insinuate that Simon, the 8th grade s idealistic, good looking young teacher, is in love with Alex, Friction s mild mannered first person narrator Embarrassed and infuriated, Alex tries to squelch the gossip, but only manages to make herself look guilty to her classmates When she finally confronts Stacy, Alex is horrified when Stacy tearfully admits that the reason she s been spreading the rumors is to draw attention away from the fact that Simon is actually molesting her Confused and half caught up in Stacy s stories herself, Alex makes the mistake of trusting her shifting feelings instead of what she knows to be true, irreparably harming her admired teacher in the process Friction is a provocative, deadly accurate portrayal of puberty, in all its manipulative, perplexing, unmanageable glory Alex s quest to discover the definition of truth is a journey every teenager makes, and teen readers of Friction will take great comfort in the fact that a trusted author, who clearly hasn t forgotten adolescence herself, is helping to chart the path Ages 12 to 15 Jennifer Hubert

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    About E.R. Frank


    1. E R Frank is the author of two highly praised novels for Atheneum America and Friction Her first novel was Life Is Funny, winner of the Teen People Book Club NEXT Award for YA Fiction and was also a top ten ALA 2001 Quick Pick.In addition to being writer, E R Frank is also a clinical social worker and psychotherapist She works with adults and adolescents and specializes in trauma.


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    1. 1. I'm a librarian and at our library this book is in the juvenile section (around ages 8-14.) I know these kids are 12 years old, but I'm considering moving this book to the young adult section because of the content. Having said that, this book is important and should definitely be in the library. Kids need to know about this sort of thing but I would like for them to ask me and I can show them rather then accidentally stumbling upon a book that's out of their maturity range. (I'm especially t [...]

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    2. An amazingly well written book. I got it from my school library and I read it in less than a week. I'm a really slow reader too and when I really can't keep my eyes from a book, you know that it's good. Some language and adult content is in the book but, it adds to the story quite well. The book is about this new girl named Stacy comes in and starts spreading vicious rumors about the main character, Alex. Stacy is saying that Alex's teacher Simon has feelings for Alex. The class is on a camping [...]

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    3. The book "Friction" by E.R. Frank is about Alex, a 12-year-old girl. She goes to an "Alternative" middle school and is the only girl on the school soccer team. Everything is going right until the new girl, Stacy arrives. Stacy becomes friends with Alex. Stacy is a trouble maker and spreads dirty rumors. She says that their teacher, Simon, "likes" Alex and that she likes him back. She makes people in their class believe her, even Tim, Alex's best friend.This book was good. However, the ending was [...]

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    4. "Friction" is about twelve year old Alexander (Alex) who attends an urban private school that only has one teacher - Simon. Everyone is doing well until the new girl Stacey comes in and starts spreading rumours about Alex and Simon.I really didn't like this book, but I just can't bring myself to give it one star. Mostly because the ending actually wasn't too horrible. It's just that the characters, the plot, everything was wrong. I know how a thirteen year old should act, and the author was port [...]

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    5. Friction by E.R. Frank is a three out of five star book; I enjoyed the plot line and character development, but didn’t think that the book was as well written as it could’ve been. I wanted an easy page turner that I could pick up before bed and read a chapter or two before I got too tired to keep reading. I have to say this book wasn’t that. It was an easy read with an interesting plot, but the fact that it was told from the perspective of a 12 year old made it too simple, and often plain. [...]

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    6. I realize that sometimes my "children" bookshelf is a bit misleading. For the most part, I actually mean young adults. I think you can deal.I couldn't decide if I liked this or not. I think it was well-written, and I liked that the author resisted a neat and happy ending. The narrator, Alex, was a character I related to, even as an adult. My major problem with the book was that I just could not stand Stacy. She's one of those characters that are meant to come in a stir stuff up. I get this. Howe [...]

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    7. I really enjoyed this book because it shows a HUGE misunderstanding and it also shows ho bad child sexual abuse can be. I felt bad for everyone in that book except for Stacy's dad. That is so messed up? Why didn't she tell her mom? Her dad, sorry if I offened you by saying this, a JERK. Stacy must of been terrified, horrified, and, maybe, embarrassed. Alex, unfourtunately, has to deal with the hurt of Satcy lying.(Her favorite teacher left.) This book, I beleive, will tell teens and older kids, [...]

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    8. Okay#1: I think the age to read this book should be for mature teens and from about 13 and up. #2: Sometimes I was so annoyed with some of these characters throughout this book. #3: I loved that Alex and Tim I think became a couple. Well, they kissed. so shouldn't that mean ablest something?

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    9. This was good. I was mostly reading it to be sure it wasn’t too graphic, like America, which was great but not defensible in our library.It’s about a confused, abused girl who lies about a teacher touching her, and Alex who knows it isn’t true.

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    10. Teen fiction is definitely not my cup of tea. However, this book delivered a very important messagefacts don't always coincide with the truth. Your heart knows the truth and you should believe in the truth that echoes inside you, no matter what.

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    11. This book is fucked up. I hated it. Simon was so adorable but turned into a total bitch at the end. Fuck my fucking life. It also doesn't help that my English teacher's name is also Simon. Ugh.

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    12. this book is really good and has a lot of curies stuff. it is really good and is full of life

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    13. Review to come

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    14. I liked this book better than I thought I would, but not really because it was entertaining. It was not particularly exciting, but it raised serious questions and portrayed certain issues from a different angle than they're usually portrayed.Alexandra is a well-off, wel-behaved eighth-grader in a tiny, alternative classroom for other well-off, well-behaved kids. They're taught by Simon, a young, "cool" teacher whom they all admire and like. The students seem very insulated and sheltered in their [...]

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    15. In the book Friction there is a lot of drama, but there are a lot of serious moments as well. The book takes place in Forest Alternative Middle School. The main character Alex was asked to show around the new girl Stacey who is older then everyone else in the class. As time goes by Alex starts to find out more things about Stacey that she doesn’t really like and she doesn’t really want to be her friend anymore. The other students in the class start figure out things about Stacey as well and [...]

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    16. The book Friction by E.R Frank published in 2003 is about 4 major characters Stacy, Alex,Tim, And Simon. It starts when Stacy transfers schools and enters Forest Alternative. A school that Alex and Tim both attend and the school Simon teaches at.Stacy a young 14 year old girl who has a careless personality spreads rumors about Alex and Simon. Rumors that both Tim and Alex and other minor characters are starting to believe.Alex sets out on a journey to figure out the reason Stacy lies but once sh [...]

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    17. I read this book called “Friction” it was written and published by E.R. Frank. The introduction tied in almost all of the characters and the plot of the story escalated really quickly. I couldn’t put down the book as if I got sunk into it. It was really descriptive, although I don’t believe it should be placed nor labeled to fit a juvenile section due to some of the inappropriate content. The stories plot has been relevant to a lot school cases under similar circumstances that actually h [...]

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    18. The book Friction by E.R Frank was an amazing book, the main character. Alex is a 12 year old soccer lover and she loves her family and she goes to an alternative school where her teacher, Simon, is her best friend. Then a new girl comes to town. Her name is Stacy and she loves to start drama with other people and make up lies. First she makes up a lie about her family but then most importantly, She starts to think that Simon likes Alex and the same way around. She then tells her classmates and [...]

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    19. This book has a great hidden message to it! I love how it's revealed at the end that Stacy is being abused by her father. And by that, I mean that it serves for a great message. I feel really bad that Stacy went through that,yet it shows the message that usually bullies are the ones being bullied or they have some problem.This story was very easy to read, and I'd say that it would be a good book for pre-teens to read, as it shows the main character going through being picked on by Stacy, and how [...]

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    20. Not my favoriteThis book is very far-fetched and unrealistic.Why are the characters in this book so annoying?? I don't think it was half that bad when I was in 8th grade and it wasn't that long ago, only a couple years (I'm a junior now). Friction was alright. It didn't do much for me. The way that the alternative school works is interesting. Very unique. They're even allowed to call their teacher by his first name! Simon is a pretty good teacher, he seems in tune with the kids and I think he ca [...]

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    21. Interest level: 7th +Reading level: mediumGenre: realistic fiction, teachers and students, coming of age, sexual abuseAlex is a happy 12-year old - she enjoys soccer, loves school, has neat friends, and a great teacher called Simon. But when a new girl called Stacy arrives (different, cool, piercing in her tongue) and starts to insinuate that there is more to Alex's relationship with her teacher Simon and people actually start to listen and believe Stacy, Alex's life turns upside down and she do [...]

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    22. I discovered a hidden gem in this book. I had never heard anything about it, but working in a library I saw it many times and thought the cover looked intriguing. I finally went ahead and checked it out and I am so glad I did. This story really rings true and felt very heartfelt. I found myself welling up several times so I know that this story struck a chord with me and had my full attention.As a man who works with children I feel the tension of watching what I say and how I interact with kids. [...]

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    23. Wow, I love E.R. Frank and this book was gripping! Alex is this really nice girl, who plays on the all boy soccer team in this small school with a totally awesome teacher everyone calls Simon. Tim is her best friend, life is good and then Stacy, a new girl comes to their school and starts lying and turning the students against each other and their teacher, Simon. Alex knows Stacy is lying but when she tries to get her parents to help her, they are either too wrapped up in work or Alex doesn't kn [...]

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    24. This book made me completely wonder if my friends lie like the character stacy does. First she lies about the teacher simon being a perv, then she lies about h main character alex saying that she likes simon and simon likes her, then she lies about simon molesting her, then leaves the town with no trace.I would hate to have a friend like that. But the character alex lets the words get to her instead of doing something about it. If i had a friend who lived on lies, did i mention the character sta [...]

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    25. If I had to read "go" or "goes" one more time, I was going to lose it. I didn't connect with any of the characters. The parents were completely inept. Too many issues raised but barely dealt with or resolved (except for the weird scene with the therapists. What was that? Like a speech parents have with small children. Why did the school seem to not notify parents about this till after the first session?). Simon was the stupidest teacher character I've read in a long time. Could he have made any [...]

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    26. The book "Friction" by E.R. Frank is about Alex, a 12-year-old girl. She goes to an "Alternative" middle school and is the only girl on the school soccer team. Everything is going right until the new girl, Stacy arrives. Stacy becomes friends with Alex. Stacy is a trouble maker and spreads dirty rumors. She says that their teacher, Simon, "likes" Alex and that she likes him back. She makes people in their class believe her, even Tim, Alex's best friend. This book was good. However, the ending wa [...]

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    27. This book was vivid and dreamy, going deep into the characters within the first few pages. I'll remember it. I have gone to a school somewhat like Alex's for a while, almost 4 years. Its small and more free-form than most, and I both enjoyed and related to the sense of family between the classmates.I'd have to say my favorite character, though he wasn't in it much was Danny. With his blue hair and spunky rebel attitude he sort of reminded me of myself.Stacy was a realistic girl, insecure and pow [...]

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    28. 3.5-4 starsFriction is about a life changing experience for Alex and her friends. They're exposed to a lot, when new girl Stacy comes along and starts spreading rumors about Alex and their teacher Simon. Little did they know that Stacy was hiding a secret of her own.Well written. Simple and clear. A lesson learned for anyone. Only thing is that the characters are portrayed as a little too childish/innocent for eighth graders. The story read more like they were in 5th or 6th. (It didn't take away [...]

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    29. The problem with this book is that, though it kept me turning pages, it was written too simply for me. I know it's told from the point of view of middle-schoolers, like twelve- and thirteen-year-olds, but the voice that read to me in my head was pretty much a child speaking. But it wasn't in a good way. It was like an adult trying really hard to sound like a child. Which it was.You know?Anyway, it was easy to get through, but I feel like it could have had a much more dramatic effect to it rather [...]

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    30. IF YOU LIKED THIS TRYAlex is very comfortable in her warm and fuzzy private school with her cool teacher Simon, until Stacy shows up and plants the idea that Simon is a sexual predator. A mature book that definitely keeps you involved; you truly don’t quite know the deal with Simon until the end. At times the kids seem way too naive for 8th-graders (probably because the 8th graders I know are SOOOOO hip!), but definitely an engaging read.

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