This was a great graphic novel. The middle school years are hard and figuring out how to fit in and keep friends etc...is at the top of all in this age range. Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham do a great job of sharing the story of Shannon learning to navigate this time of life.
Shannon has found herself in the "cool" group and she isn't sure how she got there and wondering if she will stay. It is hard to keep up with new trends, they seem to change daily, and now many of the girls talk about boys! Apparently you are supposed to talk about boys but not be their friends?! Shannon deals with anxiety about all the changing social rules as well as school itself. As the year progresses she begins to find her own voice and at the beginning of 7th grade she may just be on the path of finding true Best Friends.