Review: Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2) by Megan McCafferty
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling #2
Publisher: Three Rivers Press, a member of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Publication Date: April 22, 2003
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, New Adult/Contemporary
“Knowing that I’ve just done something that will take decades off my parents’ lives with worry, you’ll excuse me for not getting into the fa-la-la-la-la Yuletide spirit this year… The only difference between Christmas 2001 and Christmas 2000 is that I don’t have a visit from Hope to look forward to. And Bethany has already packed on some major fetal flab. Oh, and now Gladdie doesn’t need to ask a bizillion questions about my boyfriend, because she’s already gotten the dirt from you know who.”
Jessica Darling is up in arms again in this much-anticipated, hilarious sequel to Sloppy Firsts. This time, the hyperobservant, angst-ridden teenager is going through the social and emotional ordeal of her senior year at Pineville High. Not only does the mysterious and oh-so-compelling Marcus Flutie continue to distract Jessica, but her best friend, Hope, still lives in another state, and she can’t seem to escape the clutches of the Clueless Crew, her annoying so-called friends. To top it off, Jessica’s parents won’t get off her butt about choosing a college, and her sister Bethany’s pregnancy is causing a big stir in the Darling household. (From Goodreads)
That’s It, It’s Official…
I’m now a Megan McCafferty fangirl, and Jessica Darling is now one of my favorite characters ever. Second Helpings sealed the deal for me. And it’s quite funny, because when I first read Sloppy Firsts a couple of years ago, I really didn’t love it. So I’m really glad that I decided to reread it, because I enjoyed it so much more the second time around and I absolutely LOVED Second Helpings. I had pages and pages of notes and at times my notes got bigger and bigger and had lots of all caps and OMGs and exclamation points. Seriously, instead of “I ♥ NY” I want “I ♥ Jessica Darling” on a button. Yes, I looked for it. No, I didn’t find one. But I did find some awesome “You. Yes. You.” shirts!
Let’s Gush, Shall We?…
I love Jessica’s humor, especially within the lists and quizzes that McCafferty adds in the books. And I love that Jessica is a lot like me, yet she’s more of the me I wish I could have been in high school. In Second Helpings, Jessica feels like she fails to live up to the character that Hy created for her, but I feel like I would have loved to have been like Jessica in high school.
Also, Marcus Flutie. Need I say more?
Random note: I think, in the (hopefully soon) upcoming movie version of Sloppy Firsts, Paul Parlipiano should be played by Darren Criss. It’s how I pictured him the whole time I was reading Second Helpings.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Second Helpings:
Megan McCafferty totally gets some of my bonus points for the following reasons:
- Jessica changes the lyrics to pop songs. I do this all the time, and have included a few of my changed lyrics in other reviews. 10,000 bonus points.
- In Jessica’s steps of how she chooses college, in her 5th step she eliminates Canadian schools by saying, “Celine Dion. Enough said.” 50 million bonus points.
In case you weren’t sure, here’s my rating for Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty:
Five huge stars, and this one was added to my Favorites shelf on Goodreads. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!