OK, I’m pissed off. Here I have given several hours over to this scorchingly honest book, a story that tells everything like it is with no apologies, no censorship and no fear, and then, well, then, I reach what I assume is the end, mainly because I’ve run out of pages. No thank you. No au revoir. No don’t let the door hit you on your way out. I yelled. I threw the book. I don’t normally react this way.
Then, I saw it. After the author’s acknowledgments. The dreaded sequel.
O. M. G. Seriously? Since when does your average teen romance need a sequel? There are no werewolves or evil governments or magic. There’s just a story that has no ending. Because the author chose not to give it one. Grrrrrrr. So not awesome. Damn it. I just requested Second Helpings from the library. I’m so weak.
So I guess I should at least tell you what the book is about. Jessica’s best friend, Hope, has moved away from New Jersey after the OD death of her brother. Hope is the only one who gets Jessica, knows all of her secrets. So when she leaves, Jessica’s stuck with a group of friends that she doesn’t know very well and, honestly, doesn’t want to. Jessica’s mom has always related better to Jessica’s much older sister, and now that she’s getting married, that’s all that is important. Jessica’s dad, on the other hand, loves that Jessica is into track and cross country; it’s their bond, but really, he’s a little into pushing Jessica too hard.
This is the year that Jessica grows up, grows a pair and makes a decision about who she wants to be and who is important to her. And no one, from her ex-boyfriend who wants to get back together, to her pseudo-friends, to the druggie who was friends with Hope’s now dead brother, is going to change that. Though one might just be the catalyst.
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty was published August 28, 2001 by Broadway. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Series
Ages: 12 and up
You Might Want to Know: Profanity, frank sexual discussions, underage drinking, drug use