Title: Jessica Darling’s It List 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes, & Faux Friends
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling’s It List
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Jessica Darling’s It List
Date Read: January 20
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade — finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new friends, Sara, Manda, and Hope. The IT List instructions from her sister, Bethany, and an epic slumber party may help Jessica secure her spot in the cool clique, but does she even want it?
I think I said this with the first book’s review, but I’ll say it again. I love these books because of the over reactions of Jessica Darling. Usually in book I don’t like when characters get melodramatic, but for this series it just works. Especially because I remember being in junior high and being just that melodramatic. And in Jessica Darling’s It List 2, I actually had something to relate to. Jessica is still trying to navigate her new junior high life. She still doesn’t understand boys. She’s afraid that she is being replaced as Bridget’s best friend. She doesn’t understand her friendship with Sara and Manda and she’s really hoping that Hope and her become closer. When her sister gives her a new list she’s just as confused as she was with the first one.
Add in the fact that Scotty – Bridget’s friend Dot’s boyfriend – may or may not be flirting with her and the world that she thought she was finally getting a grasp on slips through her fingers. I have to admit that the ‘flirtation’ between Scotty and Jessica wasn’t as advertised. They said hello. He caught her as she tripped. Normal. But of course at that age certain people – Manda and Sara – take things a little too far. Been there done that and I still have the emotional scars from those episodes. Anyway, I still like seeing Jessica and Marcus interacting before their whole deal in the original books. It’s cute and you can totally tell that Marcus liked her back then. I’m curious to see what happens now that Scotty has admitted his feelings.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A quick and hilarious read that shows Jessica Darling and her friends before high school. They were so innocent back then!
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