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Real Friends

Real Friends
Shannon Hale
First Second, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Children, All Teens

From Goodreads:
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?

Oh, man. I think every girl has had at least one friend like those described in Real Friends. It’s amazing how much I related to it, and I think other girls will as well. Reading a book about successful and not-so-successful friendships was a refreshing break from my usual reads (action or romance.) Also, I liked how the main character’s life wasn’t sugar-coated, but it wasn’t glamorized, either. She had problems with her sister and it affected her mental health, but she learned from it and how to handle it. Overall, I loved it and I think it’s great for fans of Raina Telgemeier.