Sloppy Firsts: A Jessica Darling Novel (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the Jessica Darling series.
I am SO excited that the book series that defined my high school years in the very early aughts is back for new readers to enjoy! It's perfect for both contemporary YA lovers and nostalgic millennials. Jessica is one of my favorite literary protagonists and Sloppy Firsts my favorite epistolary novel. It's a realistic look at high school life and highlights the importance of female friendships!— Sarah
The first book in the beloved, New York Times bestselling series - now with a new foreword by New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Serle
Jessica Darling is devastated when her best friend moves away from Pineville, New Jersey. With Hope gone, Jessica has no one she can really talk to. She doesn’t relate to the boy-and-shopping obsessed girls at school, or her dad’s obsession with track meets, and her mom is too busy planning big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding. Jessica is lost more than ever, and her nonexistent love life is only making things worse.
Fresh, funny, and utterly compelling, readers fell in love with Jessica Darling’s poignant, hilarious voice and have stayed with her through her ups and downs (and her mixed-up feelings about her first love, Marcus Flutie). A modern classic, readers will be excited to return to Pineville, New Jersey and Jessica Darling’s world with Sloppy Firsts. Now with a foreword from New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Serle and a new author's note from Megan McCafferty!
About the Author
MEGAN MCCAFFERTY writes fiction for tweens, teens and teens-at-heart of all ages. The author of over a dozen novels, she’s best known for Sloppy Firsts and four more books in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series. Described in her first review as “Judy Blume meets Dorothy Parker” (Wall Street Journal), she’s been trying to live up to that high standard ever since.
Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of One Italian Summer, In Five Years, The Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same name. She is a graduate of USC and The New School and lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for the Jessica Darling series:
"Alongside Meg Cabot’s novels and the Gossip Girl series, I can’t think of a series more formative to the turn of the millennium YA!" —Book Riot
"Smart, tentative, and funny, Jessica is a likable and wry observer of the competitive, gossipy high-school world.”—Booklist on Second Helpings
"Jessica's an original, but her problems are universal, and McCafferty is formidably adept at channeling her self-deprecating, wise-guy voice. If you don't see yourself in Jessica Darling, you're not looking hard enough." - Chicago Tribune
"Jessica is a captivating, intelligent, acidly funny-but always believably adolescent-narrator who is unsparing in her sketches of Pineville High 'society' yet touchingly alive to her own vulnerabilities."—Publishers Weekly
“McCafferty looks at travails with humor as well as heart.” —People on Second Helpings
“Judy Blume meets Dorothy Parker.” —Wall Street Journal
“Megan McCafferty rocks! Her sharp wit and keen satirical eye make her books automatic must-reads.” —Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series and Size 12 Is Not Fat
“Such a sharp, funny, poignant heroine, with an inner world we can all relate to. I love it.” —Sophie Kinsella, author of the New York Times bestselling Shopaholic series on Sloppy Firsts
“Megan McCafferty puts Jessica Darling through college in Charmed Thirds, and in the process turns her from a tart-tongued New Jersey high school philosopher into a heart-wrenching representation of all things uncertain. If she’s not careful, she might end up with a heroine for our times.” —Ned Vizzini, author of Be More Chill and It’s Kind of a Funny Story
“Charmed Thirds is a witty, biting, and altogether true accounting of a girl’s journey to young womanhood, complete with all of the cringe-inducing, hilarious moments of love, shame, and uncertainty that readers will remember from their own lives.” —Jennifer Weiner, author of Goodnight Nobody and Good in Bed