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Sloppy Firsts

Sloppy Firsts
By Megan McCafferty
Crown Publishing Group, 2001
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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?

Ok, so I read this book because of teen blogger extraordinaire, Anna, from Anna Reads. I check her blog every day, and one day I hope to be as good as her. But I know I won't be. Anyway, she is ALWAYS singing the praises of Megan McCafferty. I was interested in her books anyway, but just hadn't gotten to them until now. I am pretty sure Anna convinced me. She was right about Jennifer Echols, after all.

So I started reading, and I felt like not much was happening. I wasn't a big fan of Jessica's friends and I didn't understand her school. My high school experience was a lot different, that's for sure. It went slowly for me, but I kept going anyway. It wasn't my absolute favorite immediately, but at the end I was like !!!!!!!!!!!!!! It turns out the reason everything was happening slowly was that it was SETTING UP FOR THE END. I'm glad I own the next book, so I can read it whenever I want to. 

And Marcus Flutie, what a 180. Anna was always talking about how great he was. Obviously, upon being introduced to him, I wondered WHY?! There wasn't much attractive about him. After awhile, I began to understand. And the ISSUES in this book - with her parents, for example - that was spot on. And the complications with her and Marcus... Yikes!

I only wish we would have gotten to meet Hope somehow. I wish Jessica would have "pasted" her letters into her journal or something, so we could have seen what she was really like, not just Jessica's interpretation of her. Without Hope, it felt like something was missing. 

So even though this was a long book to me, I'm glad I read it, and I can't wait to finish the series. Holy smokes, I would be UPSET if there wasn't another book.

(P.S. I totally understand why this book is in the adult section in some places. I read somewhere that it was an adult book and written before YA really "took off." I think it belongs in the adult section because it doesn't beat around the bush and Jessica is so insightful, it's like reliving high school through her with the perspective of an adult... if that makes sense. She's so ahead of all of her classmates that it's like she's already a grown-up, so adults can relate to it. And that incident with her locker -- the exact same thing TOTALLY happened to me. Cool.)


  1. Yay I loved this book!! Just wait until you read the second book, I think it's the best one in the series!


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