Monday, April 9, 2012
Sloppy Firsts By Megan McCafferty
Jessica Darling is a high school junior whose best friend has moved away. Now she has to make nice with the Clueless Crew?! This is not going to go well. Jessica is too smart and cynical to enjoy being with people who say "Omigod" and "quote unquote". But suffer she must because WHAT ELSE IS SHE GONNA DO??
She continues on with her junior year running track, avoiding Krispy Kreme (the school druggy who takes an interest in her), avoiding Scotty (the jock who has/had a crush on her), and dodging the Clueless Crew (including the new girl Hy), preparing for her sister's wedding, and dealing with her parents and the pressure she feels from them to be someone she's not.... all the while giving hilariously honest commentary on her situations.
Like I was saying before, I really did myself a disservice by not reading this 10 years ago, but anyhow this is what I thought: Although i wasn't like Jessica all that much in HS, I feel like I totally relate to her in so many ways. I think that I think similarly to her.... kinda negative, kinda mean, but not near as funny or witty. The sub-characters were awesome, mostly in bad ways, but you gotta love that love to hate character(s)! Especially Manda, I wanted to hose her down with Lysol too! Marcus (Krispy) never grew on me like I thought he would. I guess I couldn't get over the fact that he was a former druggy, current slut, and know-it-all. I don't know what happens in the other Jessica books, but I'm not hoping for this couple.
I love how the beginning of each chapter was a letter to Hope, this broke everything up nicely. And I love how the author didn't censor stuff like sex, drugs, swearing. Sorry but it drives me nuts in books when teens go to parties and they drink pop and eat chips... what planet are these people living on?? I get it's about the message, but it's not reality! If you want to read a book that pretty accurately portrays teenage life, this is soooo it!
(I may be slightly biased because I went to HS around the same time this was written, so with all the pop-culture references it feels like high school to me :)
Add it to your To-Read List!!!
How I Got This Book: Library
Date Published: 8/28/2001