Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

I originally read Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty awhile back and promptly forgot most of it. I vaguely remembered not liking it much and just figured that was that. But then I kept seeing rave reviews of the series from people that I trust so I thought I’d better try again. And boy am I glad I did! How could I have not thought the book was hilarious? How could I have written Jessica Darling off as forgettable?

Jessica’s sophomore year has a dark cloud hanging over it – the fact that her best friend, Hope, has moved away. She doesn’t really like anyone else, so she feels pretty alone. She takes all this out on her journal – she is completely unafraid of telling it like it is. From the shallow girls she eats lunch with so she won’t be a social pariah to the incredible douchebag jock Scott that inexplicably has a thing for her – no one is safe from her snarky commentary. She is absolutely dry, ironic and hilarious. My guess is that if Jessica Darling and Angela Chase (from My So-Called Life) were ever to meet, the world would explode from the teenage angst.

I also love her parents’ role in the story, especially since we see them through Jessica’s eyes. (Lord knows they aren’t safe from her snide comments either.) They definitely try to take an active role in her life, but they aren’t goody-goody-fake-model-parent characters either. This is a wonderful, believable balance rarely achieved anywhere else in YA lit.

Marcus Flutie. The druggie? The genius? The enigma. First of all: before you read this book, get a nice picture in your head of a high school slacker-genius. Stick with that. Because the tragic description we are given (including DREADS of all things) is pretty lackluster. Once you get past that, there is a lot of Marcus to discover – and a lot of Marcus that doesn’t quite add-up. Trying to figure him out is basically a full-time job for Jessica (one she is mostly in complete denial about undertaking).

So, basically if you’re a YA contemporary fan this is one of those books you can’t pass up on. Jessica Darling is a character you need to meet for yourself – and Lord knows, so is Marcus Flutie. It by no means has some of the depth of my favorite contemp reads, but the humor and  the characters make it pretty unforgettable nonetheless! So, if you haven’t read it yet: what are you waiting for?

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  • April Books&Wine November 4, 2011, 8:06 am

    I’m pretty sure you can’t call yourself a YA fan and not have read Sloppy Firsts.

    Marcus Flutie forever!

    And you yes you!

    Ahhhh, I love this series SO SO SO SO SOOOO MUCH. But yeah 3 & 4th books aren’t that great or memorable.
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  • Sandy November 4, 2011, 8:10 am

    I ADORE this book and the sequel is even better–I’m glad you gave Sloppy Firsts another chance. 🙂

    Sigh. Marcus Flutie<3

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  • Rida (Raindrop Reflections) November 4, 2011, 10:21 am

    ZOMG I LOVE these books! I agree with April. A YA fan MUST read the Jessica Darling series.

    Marcus Flutie… *sigh* <3

    Oh, and I love that line: you. yes, you.

    Megan McCafferty is pure genius.
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  • Ashley B November 5, 2011, 12:58 am

    Oy- I guess I’d better read this one then!! I don’t know why… But I feel like this book is suddenly EVERY where in the blogging world 😛 and everyone keeps telling me that I have to read it. 🙂 Guess I’d better get a move on then!
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  • cecilia November 5, 2011, 9:35 am

    AH, MARCUS FLUTIE! He is the ultimate book boy crush – and I love him to pieces.

    The question I am left with is HAVE YOU READ THE REST OF THE SERIES? I love the 2nd and 5th book most especially. Jessica may frustrate you, but Marcus remains steadfastly dreamy 🙂

    Excellent review!

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  • Jess M. November 6, 2011, 1:39 pm

    Y’know, I remember reading this way back in high school and I vaguely remember enjoying it, but other than that I have no recollection of this. I keep seeing all these rave reviews over the blogosphere, and it has me thinking I should really revisit this book.

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  • Cristina November 7, 2011, 12:14 pm

    I bought this one quite a while back because one of my friends highly recommended it. Thanks to your review its getting bumped up on my TBR list!

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  • Lena November 7, 2011, 9:33 pm

    You just gave the best description of Marcus Flutie I’ve ever read. I adore the Jessica Darling series and am so glad you enjoyed it, too!
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  • Ashley B November 17, 2011, 11:33 pm

    I totally need to read this book. Seriously. Lately, I feel like I’ve been seeing it pop up EVERYWHERE and I definitely need to read it. As someone who loves Contemporary as much as I do, I don’t know why I haven’t yet 😛 I shall definitely have to pick it up soon!!
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