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Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection

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However, I found the items on the new It-List introduced in this book not as exciting or as interesting as the first book. The middle school years especially are a time of transition where friendships come and go, and many BFFs are actually trying to climb on top of one another up the social ladder. I'm a 30-something blogger with a passion for talking about young adult and other kinds of literature.

I loved the setting because Jessica Darling’s character timeline is on par with my personal experience. This is a fun but not fluffy book; instead it provides some insightful truths about the heartbreaks of growing up, while maintaining a wicked sense of humor.By high school, Jessica Darling has pretty much comes to terms with her role in the social hierarchy and that she will never be the most popular girl in school. The friendship awkwardness, which is pretty much encapsulated by Bridget becoming gorgeous just in time for seventh grade, leaving Jessica to be a normal. I admire how McCafferty has turned back the clock to show us Jessica’s world before the challenges of adolescence change everything. and read Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, and Charmed Thirds and it made me a little more open minded about the situation. When I got the opportunity to read and review her new prequel middle grade series I jumped at the chance and I am so happy that I did.

Also like that her best friend Brittney has one of those overnight transitions where she becomes beautiful and popular but for the most part, she really doesn’t let that change her too much (she does end up with a boyfriend at the very end and her relationship with Jessica clearly changes but none of that is depicted as bad. I've always loved Bridget as a friend, and I really liked her in this book - in fact, it makes me sad that eventually teenage Jessica lumps her in with Manda and Sara as a member of the Clueless Crew, especially when they seemed so close in this book. At the time, Viswanathan's novel had reached 32nd on The New York Times 's hardcover fiction bestseller list. Adults (parents and teachers), with few exceptions, are caricatures: exaggerated, one-dimensional, and often foolish. For me, this installment of the series wasn’t as fun as the first novel, but it was still solid and offered encouragement to readers in a similar situation as Jessica.Crazy teachers; best friends turning pretty overnight; "The Unbreakable Laws of Cafeteria Line Cutting".

I was SO happy to see her in this installment, and she is just as hip, and wicked smart about life as she was in the original books, with an added bonus: younger Gladdie BAKES. Still, as I said up above, altogether this was an enjoyable, albeit ridiculously quick read for someone my age. A poor condition book can still make a good reading copy but is generally not collectible unless the item is very scarce. It's a prequel that delivers many of the things that I feel like I probably needed to know at age ten to twelve, but it's also so wonderful as an adult fan of the series to be able to revisit these characters, and to see how they got their roots.Right after they finish their routine Jessica goes next (its funny because she has no flexibility skills or anything like that). A debut entry in a tween series based on the best-selling Jessica Darling adult books finds Jessica preparing to start seventh grade by referring to her older sister's guidelines for guaranteed popularity before stumbling her way into the role of the school's seagull mascot.

Truthfully, I've never been a fan of Hope, but it was neat to see the tentative first steps of their friendship.

Jessica Darling is starting seventh grade, trying her best to navigate changing friendships and the mysteries of boys–with cringe-worthy embarrassments at every turn. In this breathless prequel to the Jessica Darling series, the self-described “very witty, medium pretty, and a little bit zitty” protagonist starts seventh grade. Welcome to the Jessica Darling’s It List series, where we witness Jessica in her younger years as a middle schooler. This book would be an excellent gift for people you know entering middle school (which is, what, sixth grade now? This is the second book in Megan McCafferty’s middle-grade Jessica Darling series, and it’s just as full of heart as the first.

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