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.
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Sigh. I love the Jessica Darling series. I think I read the first 2 books the same week. Yeah it’s a nonending but isn’t life full of those? This series felt more real to me than the piles of chick lit I had been reading.
I didn’t really feel the Marcus Flutie love until book 2, which is the Justin Timberlake of the series (if the series were NSync.) Keep at it 🙂
I know what you mean about waiting and waiting for Marcus! I didn’t start caring for him until probably the middle. I had no idea that their relationship would be the way that it was..I just thought like he was your typical love at first sight crush or something.
Also, she was really whiny but I kinda feel like I related to her as a high schooler. lol. I had to keep putting myself back in that mind set but I think the humor offset some of the whiny Jessica for me.
I’m glad you did like it though and always appreciate an honest review…even when it may seem like EVERYONE else loved (like I did!) this book!
Heather shared this book with me, and when she did, she mentioned that it was a real internet sensation. I have not read it yet, but it sounds like it would be sort of fun, as long as I remember some of your warnings! It sounds like you had mixed feelings with this one, and I am wondering if I would feel the same. Very thoughtful and perceptive review today. Thanks!
I trust you and I sort of trust the Internet, but…I just don’t know if I can do it. I had a diary, I was obnoxious, I doted on various douchbags, I don’t REALLY want to live it again through someone with the name Jessica Darling. I sound like a fuddy duddy. It all goes back to whether I need more teen angst than I already have in my house. Someday though, I might long for it?
I’m with Jen above — I wasn’t really shouting MARCUS FLUTIE! until the second book, so I think it’s fair that you reacted as you did! This is one of my favorite book series ever, and it only grew on me with time. Hope you give Second Helpings a chance — it’s my favorite of all five books.
Maybe the Flutie love will grow on you? I HOPE SO! But we’ll still love you if it doesn’t. 🙂