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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  10,563 ratings  ·  1,259 reviews
Annemarie “Shug” Wilcox is clever and brave and true (on the inside anyway). And she’s about to become your new best friend in this enchanting middle grade novel from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.

Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there's noth
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published April 25th 2006)
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Julie I enjoyed it just as much as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. (I haven’t gotten to read the other one yet). However, it is more of a middle-grade no…moreI enjoyed it just as much as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. (I haven’t gotten to read the other one yet). However, it is more of a middle-grade novel (like for 6-8th graders) if that helps. I would definitely recommend it!(less)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
5 stars!!!!!


I was in the middle of a book that was boring me to death so I set it aside and started reorganizing my bookshelves and happened to find this paperback (back when it still had the cute red popsicle cover). I read it about seven years ago when I was still in high school and it made such a big impact on me it was one of the first books I cried over. Maybe it was nostalgia playing a hand, but I felt compelled to open this book again and the page I bookmarked pointed at the quote above,
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fares by: Fuzaila
I loved it, this was sweet.

Buddy read with The Girl Who Turns Dreams Into Reality
I feel like this is going to be too sweet, I'd have cavities by the end.
I cried. I ugly cried . You know who cries over silly middle-grade books? That's right. ME. This was all the more beautiful the second time around and I can't contain my emotions.

RTC later, because I need to be more coherent to come up with a review that'd make you read this.


My first ever buddy read with The Cool Guy. Thanks for making this even more fun Fares! I loved reading with you xD
Aj the Ravenous Reader

I'm so happy I made the right decision by choosing this book for a light and easy read. I was definitely not disappointed. The book cover alone is already a huge come on.

Oh, which silly girl like me would resist that? It suggests that this book will be sweet, enjoyable and comforting and I earned exactly these things after reading this. I love how the story is told in a POV of a 12 year old girl, Annemarie or also known as "Shug." It's this POV that is the very tool that made this whole book wo
[Shai] Bibliophage
I was looking for a light read and this book was in my Kindle for a quite a long time. So, I've decided to give this a chance and I'm really glad that I checked it out. It was really worth the time to stay up late and it's also absolutely fine that I was slightly sleepy during the day just to be able to finish this book.

This sort of reminds me of the book Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen because of the age of the protagonists, which is middle-graders. However, I'm slightly leaning to Van
Jennifer Wardrip
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Annemarie Wilcox, known to her family as Shug, is twelve-years old, tall, flat-chested, and nowhere near the type of girl she wants to be. Shug also believes that, ow that she's twelve, she's at the perfect age to receive her first kiss, and she knows just who she wants to give it to her--her best friend, Mark Findley, the true and actual boy-next-door. Well, actually, the boy down the street, but it's close enough. The only problem is that Mark doesn't show an
Katie ♡
Words probably can't describe how I love this book. It's gentle, soft and sweet, with all the fluffiness and innocence of a child. It's the time of the first kiss, first dance, and all things lovely. Having said that, this book is a realistic fiction one, with its own ups and downs and highs and lows, however, it still manages to make me feel good about life because after all, well...everything will fall into place, everything will be alright..right? ...more
Gray Cox
Everybody knows that twelve is the perfect age for your first kiss. (pg. 2)

*chokes on coffee**dies laughing*

I think I would've liked this book more if I was this way when I was younger, but I couldn't relate at all.

This was just so cringey and petty and also SO cliché.

I also love how this book completely glosses over Shug's body insecurities, it could of been such a good plot to let Shug realize her worth, instead we're stuck with her chasing a lame fruitcake of a twelve-year-old boy around u
Laurence R.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is adorable and I loved it.

It's a short, cute and lovely story that I wish I had read years ago, when I would've been able to relate even more to Shug. Even though she's years younger than me, I relate a lot to her and I loved reading about her.

Shug's personality is really interesting, because she's authentic and honest, but she has flaws, too. She cares about her friends and family, but not so much about popularity, even though she wishes she could be with her friends without being
Steph Su
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites-2
Twelve-year-old Annemarie Wilcox--nicknamed "Shug," which is short for sugar--is feeling anything but sweet right now. She's entering middle school, her parents are constantly fighting (when they're not drunk or away for work), and things are changing between her and her friends. Mairi, Hadley, and even her best friend Elaine, a Korean American from up north, are eagerly venturing into the world of becoming a woman and meeting boys. But Annemarie wants nothing to do with that world...not unless ...more
Kimberly Russell
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, children
I wasn't expecting to feel this way about a novel geared towards middle schoolers. I read this because it was the only Jenny Han novel I haven't read and, boy, was I missing out. This was told from a 12 year olds perspective but I was still moved.

Shug is about a girl moving from elementary to middle school and all of the emotions and tribulations that come with that. I can distinctly remember being that age. Everything felt so important and everything is the end of the world. Shug is a lot like
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s what Jenny Han can do with her writing talent.
I usually don’t enjoy middle grade because I’m too grown up to relate to the characters, and at the beginning of this book I wished more than once that this was YA instead.
But then something shifted.
You can imagine how freaking surprised I am that I loved Shug this much. I related to a 12 year old? When I have double that age? What?

This entire book was so cute but also unexpectedly profound. Annemarie is dealing with
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you'll read a book that will choke you up. Rarely will I read a book that makes me flat out a good way. Shug by Jenny Han (Alladin Mix, 2007), is one such book, and it has instantly become one of my favorite tween YA novels. Han grabs you immediately with Shug's authentic voice and sharp point of view.

The novel is all about the way things change once you enter middle school, whether you are ready or not. It starts in summer just before school starts, and already things are di
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Manjish Adhikari
You don't need to be perfect. Every one is flawed

The moment I started the book, I knew it would be good. I thought it would be about the love story of AnneMarie,nicknamed Shug, and Mark and those kids lovestory. But the story turned out to be something else.
The story is based on the perspective of a twelve year old girl and the flow of the story will continue to bind you even though the plot hasn't got much to offer. I had a preety good time reading the story.

A not so beautiful school girl
May 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who are looking for the most boring book ever
Recommended to Emma by: Tory
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Vanessa Teixeira
Very cute, managed to read it all in one sitting which is rare
Ana Vizentim
4,5 "sweet" stars

This book is a light and easy read.


I want to be "Shug's" friend!!!!
This book reminded me of my pre-teen, my first kiss, my first period, my first friend fight.

It is simple adorable!!!!


Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Han always does this to me, every book of her is amazing, relatable and sweet. 4.5 STARS! Full review soon :))
Vem Night
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!!!
It was amazingly cute.
Joyce Aguilar
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shug's story has made me smiled and cried at the same time. I just want to hug her so tight just to make me feel okay. The way the story is written is simple but powerful. ...more
monica ♪
4 Cherry Stars

This is a cute YA story. If you're a fan of YA you have to give a try to read this.



Tittle: Shug
Series: Stand-Alone
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: May 29th 2012
Rating: 4 Stars
Cliffhanger: No
Writing Style: First Person, Female POV
Character Development: Annemarie Wilcox aka Shug is a nice girl. She's a good sister, daughter and friend. I liked her character. Somehow it reminds me of myself when I was in her age. Mark, he is (or was?) Shug's best friend. He knows he
First of all-I was the 5000th reader (and reviewer), and I deserve credit.

Moving on. You see recently I read flipped, TFIOS, Anna and the FK, Fangirl, etc. and I adored all of them. So as apart of my new venture into the genre of Coming of age, and realistic fiction, this was next on my list. And it had everything a novel needs- the tag of a famous author, the rec of a famous author, a adorable cover, and a cute blurb- except one thing. An actual plot. Maybe coming of age books are supposed to b
Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page)
From the first page, I knew that I'd really enjoy reading this book. The writing was fantastic and I absolutely devoured it. The characters were realistic and likeable and the plot was simple yet a joy to read. This book shows that there's still probably a little bit of a 12 year old in all of us and even though the target range is around 9-13 year olds, I think a lot of older young adults would enjoy this too. Shug is a very realistic yet interesting character and her family life was really int ...more
Laila Nur Hanifah
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I have made a right decision to read this book while I need some mental preparation to read another book.

This is a purrr-fect light book to read. Maybe it is a great choice for beginners in reading English book since there are less difficult words in it.

While I read it, the story makes me reminisce about my first experience as a teenager—puppy love, got my first period, fought over best friend, et cetera.
— nova
This was so cute! And the perfect book to get me out of my slump.
Erin Schuett
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Shug by Jenny Han. It has 248 pages and even though in the past I have really liked this author’s work but I did not enjoy this book. If it wasn’t assigned to our class I would have stopped reading.

I really did not like this book. I believe that the reason I didn’t like it was because I absolutely hated the main character, Annemarie. Another name Annemarie was known by was Shug. She was so insecure and always felt her life was the worst thing you could ever imagine. I just wanted to jump
Annemarie Wilcox, known to her family as Shug, is 12 years old, tall, flat-chested, and nowhere near the type of girl she wants to be. Shug also believes that, now that she's twelve, she's at the perfect age to receive her first kiss, and she knows just who she wants to give it to her--her best friend, Mark Findley. The only problem is that Mark doesn't have a romantic interest in Shug. For Mark, the perfect girl is Celia, Shug's beautiful, popular older sister.

Thus begins the summer of Shug's t
Lesr Kew
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to grow with Shug. I loved this book.
The narration of this novel is so deceptively mature that I'm not sure if it's written for nostalgic adults or grown-up children. The story is about Annemarie Wilcox and her life as she shifts from summer into her seventh grade year. But don't be fooled! This isn't a light and fluffy coming-of-age novel. This book has some crazy depth.

Annemarie, also known as Shug, is dealing with all of the horrible territory that comes with the age of twelve. She has a crush on her best friend, who is a guy,
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