Monday, March 29, 2010
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty chronicles the life of Jessica Darling through her own journal entries. Jessica is sixteen and the most awful thing that could happen, happened to her- her best friend, Hope, moved away. Jessica takes us on a journey through the ups and downs of hating your friends, liking someone you're supposed to hate, lying, cheating, scandals, and the most annoying parents ever-trying to find her place without her best friend.
First off, I bought this book right before I saw Megan talk at my school last Wednesday. Let me just say that she is FABULOUS! She's hilarious, and beautiful, and has an amazing singing voice (yes! Barryoke!). I enjoyed listening to her so much that it's no surprise I devoured the first book in her Jessica Darling series.
Jessica is smart, witty, and observant. She leaves leaves nothing to the imagination of readers! I love, love, love her voice. She is such a perfect picture of a sixteen year old girl, I actually felt like it was me back in high school. There is a lot of stuff that parents might consider "Rated R" but I think McCafferty ingeniously wrote about it from the real perspective of a teenager encountering these things for the first time and her subsequent reactions. And it works. It's so funny, so embarrassing, and so cringe-worthingly delicious.
I recommend this to everyone who was ever once, is, or will be a sixteen year old girl. And even for the boys! It gives an accurate portrayal of high school while being funny, contemporary, and just plain fun to read! I ADORED this novel! I'm going to pick up Second Helpings ASAP! If you haven't read this book, what are you waiting for?