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Monday, April 13, 2009

6th Grade entry - Shug

6th graders at WOMS have been invited to post guest entries on my blog for YA books they’ve recently read. This is Yana’s entry. Thanks, Yana!

“Shug” is 248-page long realistic fiction, written by Jenny Han.

This book is about a girl whose real name is Annemarie Wilcox, but nicknamed Shug because she’s sweet as sugar. This story takes place ina small town called Clementon. What happens in this book is reallyabout changing; Shug describes life as she knows it as a twelve-yearold, how everything that was once so simple, is now so complicated.Shug is the girl who never cared about what she was wearing,back-talked to the boys, and didn’t have a care in the world.Everything seemed to have changed in sixth grade, and now Shug is veryself-conscious and positive she is ugly. She’s constantly thinking ofher true love, Mark, and tries to hang out with the cool girls. Elaine, Shug’s best friend has a boyfriend, Hugh, and Shug is very upset that her own friend is already dating. Life is complicated, and Shug falls in lovewith a boy even herself didn’t expect. Shug thinks growing up is hardand horrible, but a with a little persistence, Shug soon discovers thatgrowing up…isn’t so bad after all, and that maybe… she is beautiful. Igave this book a nine, because ever so rarely do I give tens, but thisbook seemed to deserve a nine. It was a great book, because it was sodifferent. Every chapter in the book was like reading Shug’s journal,and I absolutely loved Shug’s personality. Her personality is bubblyand pleasant, and the events in the book are funny and well written.The one thing I would change about this book is how Shug’s mom isn’taround very often, as well as her hard-working dad.. Perhaps relyingmore on her parents could’ve made Shug a little bit less stressed out.Overall, this was an enjoyable quick-read book and I would recommend itto any girl, for it’s about the true teen life.
-Yana G-

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