Oh, Sloppy Firsts, where were you hiding when I was younger? Admittedly, I had never heard of this series or the author, Megan McCafferty, before I started book blogging. How? I honestly am not sure. Especially since it is one of the books that nearly everyone (certain people in particular) were hyping up, and pushing me toward reading. And was it worth the push? YES!
If Jessica Darling had been an actual person when I was in high school I’m pretty sure she would have been part of my group of friends. Honestly, she would have fit right in. Or if she wasn’t a direct part of my group of friends I’m sure she would have been someone I would have admired and wanted to possibly be like. She is such a striking character in a young adult novel. She has such a strong insight about life and the people around her. It’s a bit abnormal in a way but, the things that she observes and the lessons she learns from them prove to be entirely life-changing. Also, she is hilarious!
I think part of me might have also been jealous of Jessica though especially when it came to Marcus Flutie. Marcus Flutie has no middle ground. He is either entirely reckless or entirely poised but, there is no in between. Those two characteristics never seem to cross paths but it honestly doesn’t matter because I still admittedly swooned over him. Even when he’s in his completely reckless stage he is truly irresistible, and he has his sights set on Jessica.
Reading Sloppy Firsts was a relatively easy task because of its quick brisk pace. It is broken down into the months of the year, and everything is composed of Jessica’s thoughts. You really get to get into her mind, and feel her reactions, and respond and relate to her. You get to know her family, her friends, and her experiences with lust and perhaps even love.
I’m really excited to read the rest of Megan McCafferty’s series, and learn more about Jessica and find out exactly what she has been up to. I have really only heard good things, and hopefully all of them are true. Plus, more Marcus Flutie? I am so down for that!
Disclosure: Received as a gift from Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader
Other reviews of Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty:
Confessions of a Book Addict: “This is a must read for mature young adults and adults alike who want to be transported back to high school for a good laugh.“