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“Fresh and funny.” ―New York Times Book Review

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends―and why it's worth the journey.

When best friends are not forever . . .

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group―or out?

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on May 2, 2017 by First Second
ISBN-10: 1626724164
ISBN-13: 9781626724167
76 Book Reviews
  • missreporter09
    missreporter09Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:12 am44 stars
    pretty good i would say ages 10+
    • lunabunny
      lunabunnyWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:53 am44 stars
      Awesome book, graphic novel, funny and its worth it. The second book is best friends, also really good!📖
      • jkbear
        jkbearTuesday, November 10, 2020 at 8:54 am44 stars
        It is pretty good
        • gold3nglare
          gold3nglareTuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:50 am44 stars
          Shannon Hale tells us the story of her childhood highsm and childhood lows. Mostly lows. As the middle child in a family of 7, she feels like she is always left out, or forgotten. Cast out. She always gets hand-me-downs. She gets bullied at school by a girl named Jenny, who is afraid that Jen, the leader of the elite group in schools filled with the most popular girls called The Group. Shannon struggles with Jenny at school, but faces something much worse at home. Her mean older sister at home, Wendy. Wendy also gets bullied, and she picks on Shannon to make herself feel better. But Shannon is also afraid that she'll lose her BFF, Adrienne. Another issue for Shannon? OCD. Will Shannon find a group of friends who actually appreciate her? Will she stand up for herself against Wendy and Jenny? Can she keep her true friends close? Keep reading to find out!
          • soccergirl23
            soccergirl23Friday, September 25, 2020 at 6:48 am55 stars
            This book is great I have read it so many times. This is about a girl named Shannon who goes through hard times with friends. I can relate and I love Shannon's imagination. This book takes you through Shannon's life when she went to kindergarten and all the way up to fifth grade. I highly recomend.
            • booksfor3ver
              booksfor3verFriday, September 11, 2020 at 6:28 am55 stars
              This story is a biography of Shannon Hale about her friends. This story about real friendships, mean girls, and being yourself! Really recommend it! - bookworms4ever
              • pizzagirl7
                pizzagirl7Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 1:13 pm55 stars
                Shannon has always had a hard time fitting in or making friends. Her two younger siblings are close in age and so are the two older siblings so Shannon felt left out. Shannon loved hugging her mom and staying with her all the time . But now she has to start school.She was worried until she met Adrienne. They hung out all of the time . *a while later* now she has to move out. What will happen? You'll have to read the book to find out!I loved this book I recommend to all ages. 5/5 stars.Thank you for reading my review!-Pizzagirl7💋
                • diamond897
                  diamond897Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5:48 pm55 stars
                  This was a very good book about fake friends and how sometimes people pretend to be your friend and they really are not. The book was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading it.
                  • roxanne3
                    roxanne3Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 6:24 pm33 stars
                    This book is so great!!I have read it at least 20 times. I would recommend it for ages 8-12, but I think it would be a sweet story for any age :)
                    • girlpower4ever
                      girlpower4everThursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:29 am55 stars
                      Shannon can't remember when Adrienne hasn't been her best friend. They've stuck together since kindergarten! But when Adrienne begins to hang out with Jen, the most popular girl in the grade, Shannon is waging two battles with very risky outcomes. To stay friends with Adrienne, she must join Jen's friend group, but she also doesn't want to lose Adrienne as a best friend. Plus, everyone's always competing to be Jen's BFF. Is it okay for Adrienne to take that spot, or can Shannon snatch it and not undermine her and Adrienne's relationship? The line between real friends and pretend friends blurs as the girl bully, fight, and wage battle to get Jen's attention, Adrienne and Shannon's friendship becomes rocky, and Shannon is stuck in the middle of a full-on girl war. A fresh and very real book about knowing who your true friends are, Shannon Hale's narrative nonfiction graphic novel will have you laughing and crying all at the same time.