Title: Sloppy Firsts
Author: Megan McCafferty
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult (or not)
16-year-old Jessica Darling is not looking forward to the new year. Her best friend just moved away, her crush doesn’t know she exists, and her parents don’t understand her at all. She tries hanging out with her remaining so-called friends, but really she can’t stand them. And everyone is pressuring her to date her friend Scotty, because who wouldn’t want to date Scotty. The only person that catches her attention at all is Marcus Flutie, the bad-boy pothead who sleeps with millions of girls.
This sounds typical and ridiculous at the same time right? Well, that’s Jessica Darling. She has all of your normal teenage problems, but she analyzes them to such a fine degree that you almost wonder if she’s not a little unbalanced.
There is kind of a lot going on in this book. And Jessica complains about ALL of it. You’re reading her diary, so beware. It can get a little tiring. I kind of wanted to shake her and tell her to go do something about her crappy life instead of complaining to me about it. But this happens to me sometimes.
The book is a little dated. But I loved that it was dated. I would have been a year ahead of Jessica in high school so I appreciated all of those high school references.
But now it is confession time. I thought the Marcus Flutie story started a little too slow. I knew going in that he would be crush-worthy because you can’t make it far in the book blogging world without hearing “MARCUS FLUTIE” shouted through the internet. So when nothing really happened for a while, I was kind of disappointed. And a little perplexed at Jessica’s interest in him after only a few, quick conversations.
Also, what kind of ending was that?! I feel cheated. I know there are more books but seriously. Talk about disappointing.
So, while I will not be shouting “MARCUS FLUTIE” throughout the internet (*ducks*), I will probably read the rest of the Jessica Darling’s story. And not just because of that ridiculous non-ending, but because despite all of my whining here (perhaps she rubbed off on me?), I really did enjoy the book.