Publisher: Three Rivers Press
You can read the Goodreads summary here.
When Jessica Darling's best friend Hope moves away she feels very alone. She suddenly doesn't have any close friends at school and no one to make fun of the "Clueless Crew" with. Her parents aren't helping, either, with the endless lectures, her mother whining about how difficult Jessica is and her father harping her about her running.
Sloppy Firsts was published in 2001 and I was in high school from 2001 to 2005. I probably would have adored this book when I was in high school because I think I was a lot like the main character. We both had best friends who moved away leaving us with a whole slew of emotions. We both were straight A students who weren't overly attractive (let's face it, I was pretty unfortunate looking back then - thank goodness I grew out of that!) and no real chance at a boyfriend. Well, I had no real chance, Jessica at least had a couple prospects, just as any YA heroine should. Anyway, I thought we were pretty similar, which is why I didn't understand Jessica's motives in regards to Marcus. He's not a boy I would have had a crush on. At all. Maybe that's why I was a little disenchanted with the book over all and I can't decide if I'll continue on with the series, though I did like the ending.
Basically, I liked it but I didn't love it.
I am, however, looking forward to reading McCafferty's latest book, Bumped.
And you can find Sloppy Firsts on my PBS shelf if you want to read it.