Jessica Darling is not coping with the fact that her best friend Hope has moved hundreds of miles away. Without the security of her best friend who knows her better than she knows herself, 16-year-old Jessica feels like the odd one out at both home and school. She writes down what happens in her life in her diary – she writes about the boy-mad girls in her class, her mum and older sister Bethany going crazy about her upcoming wedding and her dad who seems to care more about her winning track events than Jessica as a person.
Sloppy Firsts is a lot of fun. It is chick-lit at its finest with a lead that is funny, awkward and has the same stresses that every teenager has. The supporting characters are great as they are the sort of high school archetypes that we’ve all either known in real life or have seen before in films. As it was written and set in the early 2000’s there was some added nostalgia value with references to various TV shows and bands like the Backstreet Boys.
There’s miscommunication between Jessica and Marcus Flutie the schools delinquent and her possible love interest which is believable but is also a bit frustrating. Their conversations are well written and Jessica’s confusion to what exactly is going on between them is very true to life as we’ve all been a bit confused when someone pays more interest to you than normal.
Sloppy Firsts is a fun, quick easy read and I give it 4/5.
I also read the sequel Second Helpings which was also good but something’s were a bit too obvious and predictable for my taste. I also picked up the third book in the series Charmed Thirds, but didn’t get very far as the setting and some characters had changed which I didn’t like – I may try and pick it up again in the future.