Sunday, April 11, 2010

Book Review: Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Length: 297 pages

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.

Review: I’ve never been a huge fan of chic-lit, and that’s what this seemed to be going into reading it. I saw it in the library, though, and decided to pick it up on a random impulse. I was pleasantly surprised.

The main character is one of the best I’ve ever read—I fell in love with her instantly. She has an awesome personality, she’s smart and funny and she runs track yay! She makes really interesting remarks about everyone around her, and I really want to be her friend. Too bad she actually doesn’t exist...

The romance was realistically developed and didn’t feel forced or cliché, and the way it turned out in the end of the book was perfect. It was an incredible cliffhanger that forced me to go out and get the next book immediately.

The one issue I had with the book was the high-school scene they wrote about. It was the classic image of cliques and jocks and geeks that I’ve gotten so tired of after a while. I understand that it’s difficult to get the proper dynamic in a high school without that, but I really wish someone could treat it a little differently.

All in all this was an excellent, very quick read, even if it's not perfect. Stay tuned for my review of the second book in the series, Second Helpings, which should come next week.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a chicklit book that I'd enjoy :) I love light, fun reading. It's awesome when protagonists are so awesome that you'd love to know them! And, ugh, high school really isn't as simple as some media makes it seem. I'm still waiting for a book that makes it seem believable ;)