Title: Second Helpings
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Sloppy Firsts
Date Started: March 8
Date Finished: March 9
Format: Paperback from my shelf
Jessica Darling is up in arms again in this much-anticipated, hilarious sequel to Sloppy Firsts. This time, the hyperobservant, angst-ridden teenager is going through the social and emotional ordeal of her senior year at Pineville High. Not only does the mysterious and oh-so-compelling Marcus Flutie continue to distract Jessica, but her best friend, Hope, still lives in another state, and she can’t seem to escape the clutches of the Clueless Crew, her annoying so-called friends. To top it off, Jessica’s parents won’t get off her butt about choosing a college, and her sister Bethany’s pregnancy is causing a big stir in the Darling household.
With keen intelligence, sardonic wit, and ingenious comedic timing, Megan McCafferty again re-creates the tumultuous world of today’s fast-moving and sophisticated teens. Fans of Sloppy Firsts will be reunited with their favorite characters and also introduced to the fresh new faces that have entered Jess’s life, including the hot creative writing teacher at her summer college prep program and her feisty, tell-it-like-it-is grandmother Gladdie. But most of all, readers will finally have the answers to all of their burgeoning questions, and then some: Will Jessica crack under the pressure of senioritis? Will her unresolved feelings for Marcus wreak havoc on her love life? Will Hope ever come back to Pineville?
Shockingly enough when it comes to these books I did in fact like book 2 more than I liked book 1. Jess has to deal with the fallout from what happened with Marcus…kind of. Second Helpings starts in June, months after the New Year’s Eve Incident and where we learn that she already shredded her past journal and she doesn’t want to make the same mistake again so she won’t obsess about He Who Must Not Be Named. Although she caves as soon as she sees him again. Which we all knew was going to happen. Here’s another book that makes me nostalgic for high school again as Jess goes through her senior year.
However, I do not envy Jess when it comes to her life in these pages. Compared to my senior year, hers was relatively wild. Between dating Len – who turned hot over the summer – and getting dumped by Len on Valentine’s Day only to find out that he’s now dating Manda… Well, that was just the ice breaker. Add in a mysterious rumor e-mail headline that reminds me of Gossip Girl and the endless Marcus drama and I’m just glad I walked out of my high school without so much craziness. Although, the Marcus drama was actually wonderfully written. Here’s a guy who tries to make up for what he did wrong by setting his best friend up with Jess, only to have it all blow up in his face. Especially because, the whole time he still liked her. His declaration of love was really sweet and something out of 10 Things I Hate About You.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. So now that I’ve re-read the two books of this series that I’ve read the most, I’m onto book 3, which I barely remember reading a long time ago. Guess we’ll see where that takes me.
Bookshelf worthy? When you have the startling realization that you are Jessica Darling, it seems kind of wrong if you don’t have these somewhere on your shelf.