Sloppy Firsts

Sloppy Firsts

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
The first book in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series

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 novel, 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, 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.

“A hilarious trip down memory lane. You’ll laugh out loud–and cringe–as this first novel by McCafferty takes you back to the soap opera that was high school.”—Glamour
“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 one 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 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.

Baker & Taylor
Devastated when her best friend moves away, sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling feels isolated at school and at home, as she struggles to deal with her father's obsession with her track meets, her boy-crazy peers, and her own nonexistent love life.

Blackwell North Amer
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?

Baker
& Taylor

Devastated when her best friend, Hope, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling feels isolated at school and at home, as she struggles to deal with her father's obsession with her track meets, her boy-crazy peers, and her own nonexistent love life. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780609807903
0609807900
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 24 cm

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Gammaof2
Jan 01, 2014

Another great novel by Ms. McCafferty. I can't wait to read the next installment in Jess Darling's life.

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Chelseyknipe1
Nov 25, 2012

Yes! They got my recomendation!

debs4 Aug 15, 2012

good book i love jessica darling i could actually relate to her

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cp51
Jun 25, 2012

Finally! A contemporary novel for girls with a smart, cutting, and sarcastic protagonist. Although the short book description makes it seem very blah and maybe even a bit shallow, I can assure you that it is the exact opposite. I can't count how many times I nodded in agreement with Jessica's realizations (for example, the yearbook signing formula or how you can get good grades, but not care at all). I just can't stop gushing about how amazing this book was. This novel is definitely a must-read.

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dprodrig
Jul 06, 2011

I love the way the character is written in this story. Her voice is so strong, so pure and so realistic - i never wavers and holds true. I also love the fact that she runs away from the boy she has become obsessed with at the end of the story. I can't wait to read the entire series, may it be equally and interesting and entertaining.

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rubykarelia
Jun 21, 2011

Even though at times, you feel sorry for this troubled teen, Jessica Darling makes you laugh and read on.

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meaganpeters4
Apr 09, 2010

Young women every where will love reading the adventures and misadventures of a witty and insightful teenage girl!

alex Jul 20, 2008

not your average growing up teen lit, Sloppy Firsts is incredibly real and hilariously funny, written with wit and an incredible understanding of the inner workings of highschool and the teenage brain

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