Review: Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1) by Megan McCafferty
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling #1
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Publication Date: August 28, 2001
Format/Source: Paperback/Borrowed from Library
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, New Adult/Contemporary
When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?
A fresh, funny, utterly compelling fiction debut by first-time novelist Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts is an insightful, true-to-life look at Jessica’s predicament as she embarks on another year of teenage torment–from the dark days of Hope’s departure through her months as a type-A personality turned insomniac to her completely mixed-up feelings about Marcus Flutie, the intelligent and mysterious “Dreg” who works his way into her heart. Like a John Hughes for the twenty-first century, Megan McCafferty taps into the inherent humor and drama of the teen experience. (From the back cover)
A Second Chance for Sloppy Firsts…
I read this book a few years ago through the (now defunct) Visual Bookshelf on Facebook. They had an Influential Readers Program where we could get copies (mostly digital copies) of books for free and review them for Visual Bookshelf. At the time, I really wasn’t as enthralled with Young Adult books as I am now. So the first time I read Sloppy Firsts, I wasn’t extremely impressed. But then I started this blog I saw a lot of other bloggers rave about this series, so I decided to give it another chance. And I’m really glad I did!
I’m really surprised I didn’t like this book more the first time I read it. I mean, Jessica is full of the best sarcastic comments, and I love sarcasm! Here are a few of my favorite quotes: