SHUG, by Jenny Han
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Twelve year old Shug is confused about how much everything is changing now that she's starting middle school. She realizes she's in love with her best friend (since Kinder) Mark--only he never wants to spend any time with her anymore. Even worse, he's decided he has a crush on her big sister! All her friends are changing, and are totally focused on boys. Her parents fight a lot, her dad is gone a lot, and her mom drinks a lot. This book reminded me a little of ARE YOU THERE GOD IT'S ME MARGARET, which is still one of my favorite books of all time...