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Shug Hardcover – May 1, 2006
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Annemarie a.k.a. Shug, just realized something while sitting on her front porch with her oldest friend, Mark. She loves him. This is a little strange when she considers that she's known the guy practically all her life. Still, there's no denying her current feelings. They just couldn't have come at a worse point in their lives. Once this summer is over, Mark and Annemarie will be entering Junior High for the very first time. Now Annemarie will have to deal with the various school cliques and cruelties. She'll have to face up to the fact that her often drunk mother and too absent father may be having more than their regular marital difficulties. She'll accept that her best friend Elaine has more on her mind these days than regular girl problems. And she'll need to figure out what exactly she's going to do, if anything, about the Mark situation.
It sounds trite. It sounds like its been done before. But the remarkable thing about "Shug" is that it reads like nothing I've ever read.Read more ›
Thus begins the summer of Shug's twelfth year, and it's not going anything like what she had planned. She's suddenly seeing everyone in her life in a totally different way, and she's not so sure that she likes what she sees. Her mother, who she once thought of as deep and sophisticated, now seems the opposite. The North Carolina native who went "up North" to college isn't suave and chic--she's snobby, standoffish, and an alcoholic. Her dad, a businessman who frequently travels away from home, comes home less and less and stays for even shorter amounts of time. Even beautiful Celia, who seems to have the perfect life, seems to be changing right before Shug's eyes.
And then there's Mark, who she's almost given up hope on. Now that she has to help Jack Connelly, the bad boy of her school who has gotten in more trouble than she can name, with his homework, she even finds herself seeing him in a new light. Is he really as bad as everyone thinks? Can people change so significantly in even short amounts of time? And as for Shug, is she really the girl she thought she was?
Reading SHUG is like eating an entire carton of Rocky Road ice cream.Read more ›
Well, Jenny Han is a great tightrope walker, because it's extraordinarily hard to write a breakout, literary young adult novel about daily life. But when you're reading _Shug_, you feel like the book is effortless -- you're simply _there_, in the life of a 12-year-old girl who sees everything.
This book succeeds wildly, both as entertainment and as literature.
Wow . . .
Readers who like An Na's "A Step from Heaven," Kevin Henke's "Olive's Ocean" and Ann Martin's "A Corner of the Universe" will love Shug just as much. Maybe more.
Jenny Han is a STAR. Readers, reach out and grab Shug, for all the 10-14 year olds you know, for your libraries and classrooms, for yourself.
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Bought this for my 11 year old daughter. She absoultly adores this book. She is hoping there is a sequel and a movie. :)Published 2 months ago by Cuppicake
True to life story of the dramatic way middle school changes kids. Some difficult situations with the mother's alcoholism, but the story ends on a positive and absolutely terrific... Read morePublished 12 months ago by WriterMom
Such a quick and good read! finished it all today:) this book was so good I even started crying at one point; I can definitely relate to Annemarie!!!Published 12 months ago by Candyfloss
I never thought a book could be so good.
Shug is a tall twelve year old in seventh grade. Her sixteen year old sister Celia is gorgeous, and Shug wanted to look like her. Read more
This book was so good the girl Anne Marie describes my life so well and even look like me. I loved it so much and I can't wait to read more book with the author Jenny Han.Published 13 months ago by Ragan McKenna
This book was a awesome book it was full of everything from a teenagers life it was a sweet book with the normal drama with a sweet twist at the end it was soooooooo cutePublished 16 months ago by chris silsby