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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Released: August 28, 2001
Publisher: Broadway
Rated: YA
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"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.

What I thought:

This was just great! I really liked this. I didn't realize at first, however, that this was written in the form of diary entries and letters. But it well written so it conveyed the story and wasn't written in shorthand (which I hate). Mostly, I found this hilarious. Since it is written in a diary, I think we get the more snarky side of Jessica, while getting the dialogue as well.

Jessica was a fun character. I really enjoyed her story. Man, she seems to have some horrible luck! Although Marcus seemed like that kid you shouldn't associate, I found myself liking him and secretly hoping that they would at least become friends. I felt bad for Jessica, after Hope moved away. It seems she really only has the one friend who really gets her and that she truly likes.

I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be an insomniac and seeing what goes through Jessica's head was interesting. Her need to run (without her dad there to make it not fun) just to shut off her brain for a few minutes.

This was a highly enjoyable book. I have read a lot of good things about it and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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