Sloppy Firsts: A Jessica Darling Novel Paperback – Aug 28 2001
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“Such a sharp, funny, poignant heroine, with an inner world we can all relate to. I love it.” —Sophie Kinsella, author of Confessions of a Shopaholic
“Sloppy Firsts captures, in spare, truthful prose, the exquisite pain and ecstasy of being besotted by your best friend. The reader may flinch, but Megan McCafferty never does.”
—Emma Forrest, author of Namedropper
“Sloppy Firsts is a spirited, down-the-rabbit-hole adventure in the madcap subculture of high school. With remarkable insight, tenderness, and wit, Megan McCafferty offers us a compassionate, clear-eyed tale of how a sassy young woman survives teenage-hood.”
—Laurie Fox, author of My Sister from the Black Lagoon
“Sloppy Firsts perfectly captures the turbulent roller-coaster ride that is being a teenager. This is an (at times) intimate, painfully honest peek at a girl’s coming of age. Getting to know Jessica was like meeting a new best friend. I miss her already.”
—Atoosa Rubenstein, editor in chief of CosmoGirl!
About the Author
MEGAN McCAFFERTY was senior articles editor at Cosmopolitan and has written for Glamour, CosmoGirl!, YM, Maxim, Details, and other top magazines. She also wrote an ongoing serial from Hope’s point of view on twistmagazine.com. She lives in New Jersey, where she’s at work on the next Jessica Darling novel.See all Product Description
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Of course a lot of the book revolves around her own ambivalence to the boys on offer at her school. There's the nice boy next door type who's maturing into an idiot jock, there's a the geeky underclassman in her French class, there's her secret crush on a senior, and there's the strange case of the stoner guy. Added to the mix is the popular theme of parents who just don't understand and a body problem (no period for many moons), and it's got all the ingredients. Of course, like many teens of film and fiction, Jessica does tend to write and analyze way above most 15-16 year-olds, but since she's the class brain, it's at least plausible. And in any event, the book is so enjoyable, one is hard pressed to care.Read more ›
SLOPPY FIRSTS is the story of 16-year-old Jessica Darling, a girl who feels completely out of sync with everyone around her with the exception of her best friend, Hope. When Hope suddenly moves out of their Pineville, New Jersey, hometown, Jess feels even more depressed than ever now that she is forced to deal with all of the people in her life that annoy her without her best friend. Faced with vapid, materialistic girls at her high school, her dad's desire to make her the best track star that ever lived, and her new desire to be with the school's resident pseudo- intellectual bad boy, Marcus Flutie, Jessica records all of her hilarious, rambling thoughts in her journal for all readers to see.
SLOPPY FIRSTS is a creative and honest book about what normal teenagers experience in their day-to-day lives. It will please not only young readers, but also adult women who want to relive those cringe-worthy high school years, and look back on the memories. It's heartbreaking, fresh, and sure to become a classic among readers who like a little angst in their lives.
Reviewed by: Amanda Dissinger
I found that Sloppy Firsts told everything like it is. It reminded me of all of the problems that normal teens go through everyday. Jessica's experiences with friends, boys, and parents really sounded like an account of any teenage girl living in America today. It also dealt with many different issues at once, so that every part of the book was interesting. I couldn't stop reading it. There were so many situations where you wished something would happen and you had to keep reading to see what actually WOULD happen. In fact, I tried to put a limit on what I could read every day (needless to say, it didn't work because I finished the book in 2 days). I just found the whole book very interesting, and thought that the way it was told was very funny. I loved how Jessica was so sarcastic and comical with the way she described everything. Sloppy Firsts is a great book! Thanks also to the reviewer who recommended "The Losers Club: Complete Restored Edition" by Richard Perez, another FUN book I loved.
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Excellent book for my thirteen year old daughter. She related very well to the main character, and is now hooked on the series.Published on Jan. 8 2014 by R. Big Canoe
Absolutely love Jessica Darling, she's a best friend I crave to spend time with!I do really reccommend for any teenager!Published on Dec 11 2013 by selina dhanani
Sloppy Firsts was an average book. I am not planning to read the other books in the series. It was funny at times, insightful into a teenaged girls mind but inconsequential. Read morePublished on July 31 2007 by Bindy
After reading this book, one thing really struck me, how much it reminded me of real life, most of the time anyway. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2004
Wow! I thought this book was going to be good, but when I started to read it, I found it very unsuitable for people of any age! Read morePublished on July 19 2004
I loved this book! I finished it within two days, but only because I had to go to bed.I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
I hated this book. I'm a fan of Megan's first two books and honestly, not even her prequel was very good. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Samantha
You never thought a book could be so honest. It is the perfect book, well-rounded, complex and unpredictable, all while the subject matter is dead-on with teenage girls. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Jen
I LOVED this book, Jessica is the kind of girl that all teenage readers can relate to. she is smart, funny and she is real. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Jasmine