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Thirteen by Lauren Myracle
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Aug 18, 11

bookshelves: grade-4-to-6-girls-fiction, books-for-the-middle-school-girl
Read from August 17 to 18, 2011

Winnie is has turned 13 and her world is very different than it used to be. She has two best friends, Cinnamon and Diana. She also has a boyfriend, Lars, who is a year older. But complications quickly enter into Winnie's world. Her mother is pregnant and Lars is drifting away. Can Winnie hold it all together?

This is another solid entry in the Winnie Perry series by Lauren Myracle. Her ability to capture the voice of a thirteen year-old girl is amazing. And not just the main protagonist, Winnie. Myracle populates this book with girls that we all recognize, the bold Cinnamon, the shy Diana, as well as the goth (and former Winnie BFF) Amanda.

Myracle also doesn't sugar coat the life. Some of the girls in Winnie's peer group are attending parties with liquor and sex. Winnie acknowledges that her mother mother being pregnant means that her parents have sex. And peers, even BFFs, don't always treat each other well. But through it all, Winnie is the strong, enchanting young woman we have all come to love. She makes honest mistakes, ones that are easily identifiable to the reader, but she also makes strong choices that show her independence and strength.

Winnie is awesome.
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