Author: Megan McCafferty
Publish date: 2001
"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." (Goodreads)
All right, people, I finally did it: I read SLOPPY FIRSTS. And while I did not LOVE it or ADORE it to death, I did indeed LIKE it and in fact already have Second Helpings in my possession.
First things first: Jessica Darling is one of the most real teenage protagonists I have ever had the pleasure of reading about or hearing a story from. Everything she said/thought about high school...I could have said. She was so sarcastic and pitch perfect and REAL. Megan McCafferty must have been in my head because I found parts of myself in Jessica.
The Marcus Flutie thing: I don't get it...yet. It's a 5 book series and I've only read book 1, so I think there is more Flutie to come because I feel like we/Jessica haven't dug into him enough yet. I am excited to read more from Jessica's POV and look forward to learning more about Marcus. Oh and laughing out loud. Because I did that. Quite a bit. Bring it, Second Helpings!