Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (mini review)


  • Title: Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1)
  • Author: Megan McCafferty
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Publication date: 2001
  • Format: physical copy

Synopsis from Goodreads: ” “My parents suck ass. Banning me from the phone and restricting my computer privileges are the most tyrannical parental gestures I can think of. Don’t they realize that Hope’s the only one who keeps me sane? … I don’t see how things could get any worse.”

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?

A fresh, funny, utterly compelling fiction debut by first-time novelist Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts is an insightful, true-to-life look at Jessica’s predicament as she embarks on another year of teenage torment—from the dark days of Hope’s departure through her months as a type-A personality turned insomniac to her completely mixed-up feelings about Marcus Flutie, the intelligent and mysterious “Dreg” who works his way into her heart. Like a John Hughes for the twenty-first century, Megan McCafferty taps into the inherent humor and drama of the teen experience. This poignant, hilarious novel is sure to appeal to readers who are still going through it, as well as those who are grateful that they don’t have to go back and grow up all over again.”

Mini Review:

AHHH this book ❤ Jessica Darling is everything I wish I was when I was her age. Smart, athletic, snarky, witty, and just so damn cool (even if she can’t see it.) This is my first time reading a Jessica Darling book and even at the ripe ol’ age of 29 I absolutely LOVE it! The drama, the growing pains, the love interests, the bad boys & good boys, the friends turned frenemies… how do you not love this book? I wish I read this when I was closer in age to Jessica because I know I would love it even more back then. I am definitely going to check out the rest of the books in this series. I need more J.D. in my life! ❤

Rating – 5/5


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