Shug by Jenny Han

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Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there's nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark...

About Jenny Han

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Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and the Burn for Burn trilogy. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at
Published May 29, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 268 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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First-person narrator Annemarie Wilcox (known to her family as Shug because of her mother’s devotion to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple) is articulate, perceptive and reluctant to embrace the changes occurring in her life.

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Publishers Weekly

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Han's heartfelt first novel persuasively expresses the woes of Annemarie "Shug" Wilcox during her first year of junior high.

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Teen Reads

Twelve-year-old Annemarie has just discovered that she likes Mark --- not the kind of like that has kept them friends since they were five, but a different kind of like that involves holding hands and first kisses.

Apr 25 2006 | Read Full Review of Shug

Palatine Public Library

But an awful lot stands between Shug and the perfect summer: her picture-perfect family is growing less picture-perfect by the minute, and she's got a secret crush on her best friend, Mark--who, in turn, is crushing on Shug's older sister, Celia.

Jul 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Shug

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