Hey everyone, this is Meghan from Coffee & Wizards. Today I am here to talk about this book: Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Sloppy Firsts is the first book in the Jessica Darling series, which I have heard A LOT about. Two of my best friends, Angel from Mermaid Visions and Aimee from Penmanship Smitten, I’ll leave links for their blogs down below, have been telling me how awesome this book is forever and crying about how awesome Marcus Flutie is. I couldn’t help but feel…disappointed.
Not because it’s not a good book. Honestly, if I had gone into it without the whole Marcus expectations, I would’ve LOVED this book. The main character, Jessica Darling, freaking awesome. She reminds me a lot of Ruby Oliver except a little bit more bad ass… kind of. She’s a lot more blunt when it comes to some things.
This is not a book I would recommend for younger readers just because there were just some mature elements I really wasn’t expecting. I was expecting a light kind of contemporary romance, and that isn’t what I got. Kudos, Megan McCafferty! I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting it. I loved Bumped and Thumped, so I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting the same sort of stuff in here.
It’s really well-written. There’s a lot of intelligent dialogues that take place, and I don’t mean dialogue in the normal sense like a conversation between two characters, I mean dialogue between the narrator and the reader that is going on. It’s funny and it’s smart, and that’s the kind of book I love. Like I said before, I was disappointed, but that’s because my expectations were so super duper high because everyone was telling me how much I was going to love Marcus Flutie, and the thing is… I didn’t love Marcus Flutie. In fact, I the opposite of love Marcus Flutie.
Apparently, it gets better in the second book? Apparently I will start to, like, magically fall in love with him by Second Helpings, so hopefully that happens. But right now, I can’t help but think… Marcus Flutie, just not for me. I’m gonna try and withhold full judgement until I’ve at least read Second Helping, but for right now I’m on Team Jessica.
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Don’t just take my word for it!
“Megan McCafferty delighted me with the poignant moments.” – Jen @ Almost Grown-Up
“I loved it.” – April @ Good Books and Good Wine