The Friday 56, #40: Shug

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join in every Friday, the rules are simple.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.


“I’m explaining what a split infinitive is when Mama waltzes into the room. She’s wearing her silky emerald green nightgown, and I already know something’s wrong. Her eyes look glassy and unfocused, and my heart almost stops when I realize she’s been drinking. Not a little, but a lot.”

This excerpt is from page 156 of Jenny Han’s Shug. If I was twelve years old again, I am certain I would be friends with Annemarie Wilcox. How do I describe this girl who has such a special place in my heart? This little coming-of-age book is so much more than what most people would ever expect from a middle-school book, filled with flawed adults and the most precious fictional kids I’ve ever come across.

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