Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling is about to make the change from elementary school to seventh grade.   Help comes in the way of her older sister Bethany  and her rumpled list of things to do to become popular in junior high.  Jessica just isn't sure excatly what her sister wants her to do.  The first suggestion seems easy enough, "wear something different every day."  Does that mean a different piece of clothing  each day or something new and unique?  Jessica isn't really sure if this list is going to help or hurt her, but she's willing to give it a try because the alternative doesn't seem very appealing either.    Will  Jessica Darling be "doomed for dorkdom?"  So, this isn't my usual fairy tale or fantasy read, but I just found the cover difficult to resist, it called to the middle grade girl in me.   I was in the mood for something silly and funny to read, and well this certainly fit the bill.  I absolutely loved this book, McCafferty captured what it felt like being a seventh grade girl, filled with anxiety, nerves, being interested in boys and just wanting to fit in.     Plus,  Jessica's voice rings so true to the middle grade experience.  I certainly will be looking for the It List #2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes and Fau Friends, coming sometime in 2014.


  1. I love those books that capture middle grade life. I may have to check this out. Thanks for the review.

    1. It defiantly hit the spot in that department!