Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh
Plum expects her sophomore year to be much like every one that has come before—living in her brilliant older sister Ginny’s shadow, having strangers comment on her dead father’s essay about his brilliant daughter (Ginny, not Plum), staying at home because she has no friends. And honestly, she’s okay with that. But this year is different. Money is tight, Ginny is getting more and more anxious about college…and then there’s Tate. What started as an unexpected awkward encounter gradually grows to tutoring, friendship, and maybe even something more. It’s the first time Plum has ever kept a secret from Ginny. And she has to wonder if maybe they’re growing apart, and how she really feels about that possibility.
Anyone who’s ever experienced the fierce love and rivalry between siblings will relate to Plum and Ginny’s relationship. Funny and heartbreakingly honest, this book is recommended for readers in eighth grade and up.