I absolutely LOVE this entire Jessica Darling series, of which Sloppy Firsts is the first novel. I’ve read all of them multiple times, and each reread is as enjoyable as the last. Sometimes I even enjoyed them more on later readings, because as I got older and read the later novels I can relate more to what she’s going through (I read the third novel, that covers her college years, while still in high school, but liked it more when I read it again in college myself). But this is the first novel, and Jessica is still a sophomore/junior in high school. It's told through journal entries, and covers one calendar year in Jessica's life. What makes the novel such fun to read is Jessica's voice. She's just so entertaining, and the way McCafferty writes is a joy to read. Jessica’s story is that of a more-or-less typical suburban teenager at the top of her class, with the drama that goes on in the life of a high school student. Jessica is hilarious, and angsty, and it's a joy to commiserate with her right after her best friend in the whole world, Hope has moved away, and as she continues through the rest of her year. She hates the rest of her friends, her crush doesn’t even know her, her mother is more focused on her big sister's upcoming wedding, and her father can only relate to her by talking about her running on the track team. Then there's Marcus, a "Dreg" who starts playing mind games, who she finds fascinating but confusing. For anyone who went to high school, this would be an entertaining read.
Jessica Darling is devastates when her best friend Hope Weaver moves away from Pineville, New Jersey. Now, instead of having a kind and considerate person to help her endure the agonies of high school, Jessica is left on her own to face the Clueless Crew, her supposed "friends," her mom's obsession with Jessica's older sister Bethany's upcoming wedding, and her dad's concern for nothing else but Jessica's track meets. Without Hope, Jessica's life is a mess. She can't sleep at night, her normally … more
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?