Series: Jessica Darling,
Published by Broadway Books on 01 January 2001
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Parents, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
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Place(s) Traveled To: Pineville, New Jersey
First Line(s): Tonight I’ve been thinking about the mosaic Hope gave me the night she U-hauled ass out of Pineville.
Sometimes a book gets recommended to me and I jump right one it depending on the person who is doing the recommending and then other times I file the suggestion away. Such was the case with Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. I can’t tell you how many people told me I should read this book, including book bully TIffany, and for whatever reason I didn’t listen. Then on a whim not long ago I downloaded it from BPL eLibrary catalog and simply devoured it. Jessica Darling is a delight and in so many ways she reminds me a bit of myself when I was her age. Jessica is smart and snarky and it was so easy to get lost in her world. Jessica is reeling from the loss of her best friend Hope who recently moved across country. They survive through letters, email and the phone but its not the same as having your BFF right there with you.
As Jessica makes her way through her first year of school without Hope she also comes into contact with Marcus Flutie, the stoner, the social outcast, and everything that Jessica shouldn’t like in a guy. And yet there is something about him that she is drawn to. There is just something about the bad boy to draw a girls heart isn’t there? It can be cliche but its a cliche that often works. I just loved these two on the page and talk about your slow burns!! Oh how they would make my heart ache at the misunderstandings and the missed connections! Another thing that I liked about this book was how involved Jessica’s parents were in her life and how real they were. I liked how Jessica interacted with her other friends and no matter what her opinions of them were they and integral part of her world.
Sloppy Firsts is an older book but there is still much about it that is relevant to today. Jessica is a girl that is easy to relate to and I think that most people can find a bit of themselves in her. I read this book in about a day for once I started it I couldn’t put it down. Sloppy Firsts made me laugh out loud and it made my heart ache and then that ending!! Oh how cruel of an ending it was! This is where coming into a series late is a good thing because I don’t have to wait for the next installment to be released they are all available for me to bounce right into. Or at least get to a little more quickly than having to wait a year, or more, for the next book to come out. I adored Sloppy Firsts and my only really regret is that I didn’t get to this series the first time that it was recommended to me. But you can be sure that I will be finding time in my reading schedule to weave in the other Jessica Darling books.