Goodreads Summary: “My parents suck ass. 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.
Why I Read This Book: If I am being completely honest, I read this book because my name is Jessica, and I am illogically drawn to books with characters that have my name.
Rating: I thought this book was great. I read it while I was on vacation and driving in the car. It was short and sweet, and I though Jessica Darling was a great main. Two major beefs with this book - 1) Some characters (who I like) seem to drop off. I guess this makes sense as they sort of drop from Jessica's life, but I wanted to know what happened to them. 2) Since this is journal style writing, if my trip to see my BFF that I've been obsessing over got cancelled, I would go on for days in my journal about how depressing it was, and it just seemed that it wasn't a big deal. Anyway, these are easily overlooked, and I though the book was pretty good for a contemporary teen fix.