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Shug by Jenny Han
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Annemarie (or Shug, as in Sugar) is in love. With her best friend Mark. Who adores Shug's big sister Celia. The story follows Annemarie's journey into the first blooms of love, while dealing with her mother and father at home.

In fact, it's the mother part of the story which makes it different. Without it, Shug would just be another 'oh I'm in love' 12 year old tale (albeit with a few mentions of growing up which would not have been possible without the Judy Blume books paving the way). Annemarie's mother hates the southern town they live in, alienating herself from the neighbours and steadily drinking herself away from her daughters. Meanwhile Annemarie's father works during the week, 3 hours away from his family.

The back story of family was what kept me reading. Otherwise I think I would have found Annemarie quite annoying.
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12/08/2009 page 167
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