By: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release date: October 2007
Source: Bought book for review
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... -Goodreads-
Just when you think that the world should start getting pretty awesome, you have to grow up. At the age of 12, you should be starting to have the time of your life. At least that is what Annemarie thought was going to happen. Boy, was she wrong. In my experiences of being a 12 year old, things change. Sometimes they change for the good and sometimes they change for the bad. You don't really know what the outcome will be until you going through with it. In Annemarie's life, she is entering junior high and she doesn't know what to expect. She doesn't know if it is going to be something great or something that is going to change her life forever.
See she has this best befriend that is a guy. And we all know that when you have a guy friend, sooner or later you are going to fall for them. Hello....my husband and I. Well in this story she does fall for him, but she also knows that things are going to change between them. She doesn't know if it is going to be a good change or a bad change. But during this time not only is her relationship between Mark and her going to be rocky, but her relationship between her and her favorite gal pal is going to be tested.
I think this book was really cute. It had everything a coming of age book should have. You really feel for Annemarie and everything that is happening in her life. And I know that the things that she is going through are some of the same things that I have gone through in my life as well. I think every girl that is entering junior high should read this book. As well as Are you there God? It's me Margret. Both of these books talk about some of the same issues.
I am giving this book 4 out 5 stars. If you have a teenage girl at home, please go out and buy her this book. You won't be sorry.