Jessica Darling’s It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection
By Megan McCafferty
Publication date: Sept. 3, 2013
Poppy, 240 pages
Move over, Dork Diaries! Jessica Darling, star of Megan McCafferty’s bestselling Jessica Darling series for adults, is back in a hilarious new series perfect for tween (10 to 14) girls.
I hadn’t even gotten to homeroom yet and I’d already discovered five hard truths about junior high:
1. My best friend had turned pretty.
2. She didn’t know it yet.
3. It wouldn’t be long before she did.
4. That knowledge would change everything between us.
5. And there wasn’t a thing I could do about it.
It’s the first day of seventh grade. Is Jessica Darling doomed for dorkdom?
New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty’s hilarious series opener will have you laughing, cringing, and cheering for Jessica Darling as she learns that being herself beats being popular, pretty & perfect any day.
— Goodreads.com description
It’s no secret that Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling books are my favorite of all time.
I am the very definition of fanatic: I’ve made videos declaring my love of the series, I showed you how much I FREAKED out when I met Megan for the first time earlier this year…you’ve probably heard me say “READ THESE BOOKS” a million times by now.
These books capture all of the realistic, funny and heartbreaking bits of growing up in a way most young adult novels just don’t get. Most girls aren’t spies, princesses, demon hunters, space travelers, assassins or wizards. Their biggest problems aren’t saving the world; they’re getting their first kiss, breaking up, fighting with their friends, battling with their siblings and dealing with their weirdo parents. And the Jessica Darling series gets that.
I’ve never read anything that felt so real, so true to my own experiences.
And now, with Jessica Darling’s It List — Megan’s new middle grade series — I’m thrilled a new generation of girls will get to experience the characters that have so touched my life as a reader.
If you know a 10-year-old, GET HER THIS BOOK. At that age, I remember being so curious about what junior high would bring. A lot of changes in body image, self esteem, friendships, boys, family and more, that’s for sure. I’m glad this book is out there to help girls through that time with plenty of laughter and honesty.
For the older readers who have loved this series for years: It is a gift to you. I thought my time with these characters was over, but as I read, it felt so special to be treated to a few more moments and laughs with them. Even though Marcus, Sara, Manda, Bridget, Hope and all of the Darlings are so much younger than when we first met them, they are still so sharp and witty and unique that the trip back in time hardly mattered. It felt like coming home again.
Ahhh, anyway, I realize I’m being really mushy and much more long-winded than I normally am in my reviews. But you have to understand: To me, this is the equivalent of J.K. Rowling writing a new Harry Potter book. IT IS A BIG DEAL. And I’m so very thrilled it lived up to and went beyond each one of my expectations.
Thank you, Megan!