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Shug by Jenny Han

July 30th, 2006 (02:09 pm)
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Current Song: Breakfast at Tiffany's score music by Henry Mancini

Jenny Han's debut novel Shug is as sweet as the title implies. If you are in middle school, or if you have or work with kids in middle school, put this title on your must-read list.

Annemarie (affectionately nicknamed Shug) is twelve years old. Just as she is about to start middle school, she realizes that she is in love with her longtime best friend Mark. She wants to tell him, yet she doesn't. This is the first of many torn moments for Shug, because, as pre-teens, teens and adults all know, middle school is full of them.

She looks up to her sister, who at sixteen seems wonderfully grown-up and self-assured. Celia is older, prettier, more feminine and more popular than Annemarie. She is also shorter, which means the still-growing Shug can't literally look up to her any longer. The sisters are named after characters in The Color Purple by Alice Walker, but Annemarie feels as if their names ought to be reversed.

At times, Annemarie is anxious to grow up; other times, she wishes things - and people - would always stay the same. As Shug grows closer to some friends, she drifts away from others. In addition to the classic friend-turned-crush scenario, she has to deal with plenty of other realizations and revelations: that "best friends forever" might be a myth; that no one, not even her sister, is perfect; that no two families are alike; and that parents are people too. All of this leads up to the school dance, which is equally anticipated and feared.

Shug is told in an honest and refreshing first-person narrative. It was an absolute joy to read. I highly recommend it.

Pick up a copy of Shug for yourself - and for every twelve-year-old girl you know.

Read the first chapter online.

Read my first interview and second interview with Jenny Han.
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Comments

Posted by: beachalatte (beachalatte)
Posted at: July 31st, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)

This is a book I want to read! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 31st, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)

You should!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 27th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
shugalicious

i love shug. i have a friend who doesn't. i think she may be crazy!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 27th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: shugalicious

Hi, anonymous person! Shug is adorable.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 30th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Shug is a very nice story with a very sweet ending.

I love Shug alot!!!:)After reading it,I told my mummy that she have to read the book and she finished reading it very very fast.She agreed that Shug is a very nice book and she even imagined and shared with me how the continuation of the story might go(it's only her imagination though)when shug grew up and she turned into a very beautiful person(innerself and pysically)and also became very close with Jack.I recommended this book to my best friends and even borrowed for them from the library.This book just got to be shared with someone you love.:)

-aini-

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 30th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Re: Shug is a very nice story with a very sweet ending.

How sweet! Glad that you and your mom both enjoyed the book.

Posted by: jenny han (jennyhan)
Posted at: January 30th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: Shug is a very nice story with a very sweet ending.

SO very sweet. Thanks, Aini!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 29th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
loved this book!!

For english we had to chosse a book and author and do a report on them and book I am so glade I picked this book!! job good jenny han and this fits my life perfect but now we are bofriend and girlfriend!!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 30th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Re: loved this book!!

Aw, how sweet!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 1st, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
hi

hi I was wondering how often do you cheek your email there are some q I have for you????

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: hi

Hi there! I check my email daily. Did you have questions for me (Little Willow) or Jenny Han? If you want to reach Jenny, her email is at her website, http://www.dearjennyhan.com :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 2nd, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)

I have emailed her on the 26th and she has not replied and I need to find out some q from her for my project and it is due on the 3rd and i am getting scared I really need her to email me back......a.s.a.p

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)

I hope she writes back to you soon! Good luck with your project.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)

Thanks so do you have any points for speeking in front of a big class i am scared a little any tips at all????

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)

Take a deep breath before you start to speak, and smile. It will help. Then, whenever you look up at the classroom, look at a friend!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)

hey thank you for the tips they will really help!!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)

Good luck!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 7th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)

ok i did and it really worked thank you again

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 7th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)

Yay!

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