Links to Jenny Han’s site in this post updated 4-15-10.
Did a close friend get a boyfriend before you did? You used to understand each other COMPLETELY. You could always count on her to be there for you. Now all of a sudden she’s like somebody else and she always wants to spend time with HIM…
That’s what AnneMarie, known as Shug to her family, is going through. On top of that she’s starting middle school and everyone is acting differently.
The way Jenny Han wrote Shug, AnneMarie is so real she could be someone in your class…your best friend…or even you!
5-24-08 UPDATE: Those of you looking for the theme of Shug might try using some of the book reviews written in library journals as a starting point. Jenny has them on her site.
2-18-09 UPDATE: If you didn’t see the Jenny Han Web site I put in the comments below you gotta check it out. If you click on News you can even get her e-mail address to ask HER for a Shug sequel. Her next book (no, it’s NOT a sequel to Shug) called The Summer I Turned Pretty will be available May 5, 2009. I’ll add the link to the catalog once we get it ordered for the library. You can also check out reviews of Shug to help get you jump-started if you’re writing a paper on Shug.
4-15-10 UPDATE: I updated the links to Jenny’s site in this post today. Also, those of you who want a sequel or who really love-love-love Shug, can let Jenny know directly. Her e-mail address is on the contact page on her new site. A sequel to The summer I turned pretty is coming out April 27 called It’s not summer without you. We don’t own it yet at the library, but hopefully we’ll get it soon.