Release Date: 2003
Age Group: Adult
Series: Jessica Darling #2
“Knowing that I’ve just done something that will take decades off my parents’ lives with worry, you’ll excuse me for not getting into the fa-la-la-la-la Yuletide spirit this year. . . . The only difference between Christmas 2001 and Christmas 2000 is that I don’t have a visit from Hope to look forward to. And Bethany has already packed on some major fetal flab. Oh, and now Gladdie doesn’t need to ask a bizillion questions about my boyfriend, because she’s already gotten the dirt from you know who.”
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? Fall in love with saucy, irreverent Jessica all over again in this wonderful sequel to a book that critics and readers alike hailed as the best high school novel in years.
Ahhhh!! I love this series!! Love, love, love it!! In my review of the first book, Sloppy Firsts, I said that I worshiped Jessica a little. Well, now that I’ve read Second Helpings not only do I worship her, but I sooo wish that I were her! Or that I was her when I was in high school. Faults and all.
And in this second installment we get to see a lot of Jessica’s faults. She is so stubborn and sure of herself. When she forms an opinion about someone, she sticks to it, even if it turns out to be unfounded and completely wrong later. This made me want to shake Jessica throughout this book, but I can’t really hold it against her. Her wit and cynicism more than make up for her pigheadedness. And I think by the end of the book Jessica has really grown as a character.
In Second Helpings Jessica is finally a senior. College plans and avoiding Marcus Flutie take center stage. There are just as many laugh out loud moments and mortifying incidents in this one too! I was a little worried that things were not going to work out like I wanted them to, but by the end I was happy, no, make that ecstatic at the turn in events.
Jessica’s voice gets stuck in my head so bad that it made it really difficult to start another book after this one. So, I can’t wait to read about all her antics in Charmed Thirds! I highly, highly recommend this series! Read it now!!