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is clever and brave and true (on the inside, anyway). And she's about to become your new best friend.

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 junio

Hardcover, 248 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published April 25th 2006)
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Nicole Lim They got into a fight because Mark called her "barely even a girl" and he "felt sorry for her" when they danced at school and Annemarie heard what he…moreThey got into a fight because Mark called her "barely even a girl" and he "felt sorry for her" when they danced at school and Annemarie heard what he said. (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,
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-read

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
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
Tran Thanh Tu
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?
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
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
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 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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,
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May 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are looking for the most boring book ever
Recommended to Emma by: Tory
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Vanessa Teixeira
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute, managed to read it all in one sitting which is rare
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 :))
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
Vem Night
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!!!
It was amazingly cute.
Joyce Aguilar
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
monica ♪
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
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
Erin Schuett
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Syaza Aqilah ♡
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 - 5 stars


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Lesr Kew
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to grow with Shug. I loved this book.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adults
I discovered Jenny Han last year when I read through her summer trilogy which I enjoyed very much. Her writing is just so fluent. Her characters and dialogues are always believable. This year I decided to start with her debut novel and I was not disappointed.

Shug is a coming to age story. It is set in the time when girls just started to get interested in boys and vice versa. And things start to change. Annemarie -called Shug- is 12 and fells in love with her childhood friend and neighbor Mark. H
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Short, sweet, funny and touching. Just what i needed.

Corto,lindo, divertido y conmovedor.
No sé que tiene este libro pero realmente me gusto. Annemarie- alias, Shug- piensa mucho, dice poco y cuando dice algo... bueno, no siempre es lo mas correcto.
El libro comienza de inmediato. En al primera página te dice sobre que esta Shug esta enamorad de Mark, su mejor amigo. La verdad, es que Shug decía que era su mejor amigo y todo eso, pero yo nunca vi la razón por la que era su mejor amigo. Nunca l
Grace L
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Annmarie is 12 years old and about to start 7th grade. She is tall and has red hair. Her nickname is Shug because Shug is one of her moms favorite characters from her favorite book. Her best friend since she was 5 years old is Mark. Shug realizes she has a huge crush on Mark! And she thinks being 12 is the time for her first kiss! But Mark doesn't like Shug this way. Shug has a sister Celia who is very pretty and lots of boys like her. They live in a small town, Clementon. Shug wants to
Rylee Trapp
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Shug by Jenny Han. My favorite part of the book was the ending because it was the most exciting part. Annemarie Wilcox or Shug as her family calls her is hating being 12. Nothing seems to be going her way. She has a crush on her best friend, Mark, who will never like her in the same way. She is losing her other best friend, Elaine, to the popular girls and she can't stand it. Along with all of that she has to deal with her alcoholic mother and father who is away most of t ...more
Dec 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Middle-school girls
This is a book about a girl named Annemarie, who is hanging on the edge of the popular crowd. Her best friend Elaine is in it, and so is Mark, the boy she likes.
And if that's not enough, her home life isn't that great, what with a near-alcoholic mother, a father who is never home, and a beautiful high-school sister who doesn't seem to do anything wrong.
Plus, is it just Annemarie's imagination, or is Elaine slipping away, and is Mark starting to ignore her.
It's not. Elaine soon become good friend
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read Shug. This book is about a girl who falls in love with her best friend. I loved this book. I favorite character in this book is Jack. Him and Annemarie are enemies. I like him because he seems like a bad boy but he is actually really sweet and sensitive. My least favorite character is Mark Annemarie's best friend and the person she is in love with. I dont like him because he sometimes does not think about anyone but himself. Over all I loved this book. So I rate it 5 stars.
Taylor 2-3
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't read realistic fiction books because I don't like the stories behind them. When I started reading this book I wasn't that into it, but further along I really started to like the book. I started seeing the world through Annemarie's, or Shug's eyes. The way that Jenny Han portrays every single middle school struggle is truly amazing. All of these things seem so true for every person who has ever gone to middle school. I definitely recommend Shug to every adult or child out there.
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