Author: Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
"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 person 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 is 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?
Sloppy Firsts is a prime example of why I started a blog. Throughout this book, Jessica is having trouble sleeping so she goes on night runs. While I was reading this I kept thinking that this reminded me a lot of another book I read where the main character goes on night runs and then she breaks her leg (not really a spoiler). Then sure enough, Jessica breaks her leg. But no matter how hard I thought about it, I couldn't remember anything else about the book or how it ended from the first time I read it.
I loved this book both times that I read it! The main character, Jessica Darling (awesome name), has just had her life turned upside down when her best friend Hope moves away and leaves her to deal with her teenage life problems on her own. She's left at school to deal with the Clueless Crew (her other friends that she can't stand) and her middle school ex-boyfriend who still harbors feelings for her.
Sloppy firsts is set up in journal style and is all about Jessica's ramblings and observations during her sophomore and junior years in high school. I loved the witty humor and the smart rhetoric through the story. I literally found myself laughing out loud while reading and finding my roommate startled my sudden outbursts. Even though Sloppy Firsts is an adult fiction novel, I believe it could be enjoyed by young adult readers as well.
Sloppy Firsts is fun, hilarious and definitely a series I am glad to own.