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

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

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

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Middle school is pretty much an awful time for everyone, but certainly more uncomfortable than most for her, because she's so completely not a joiner and not someone who's effortlessly cool. If Jessica was a little bit more confident (like her sister) in the beginning of the book I feel like she would've been more popular.

Then there's the budding friendship between Hope and Jessica, who any readers of the original series know will be besties eventually, bonded by their judgment of everyone else's stupidity and ridiculous social rituals. I’m disappointed in this cover because the whole point of a Jessica Darling book is that it is a literary haven for girl readers who aren’t girly frou-frou types.

Being a huge fan of the Jessica Darling series (although the last half of the series couldn't hold a candle to the first two books), I was super excite to read this prequel. And despite my total failure to make good on any of Bethany’s rules, and the fact that my best friend was maybe not my best friend anymore, I’m way more happy than not happy about seventh grade so far.

Jessica's not really interested in clothes; she's certainly not interested in boys, doesn't even know who's in the "in clique," and has never done a "cheer" in her life. I loved her outlook on things, it was pretty mature for her age as she was able to see through a lot of the drama that most kids her age aren’t able to and it totally worked. Except that, of course, every time Jessica attempts to follow Bethany's rules, it all goes kablooey in her face.With Jessica’s social awkwardness in play, things go awry on all four counts, but not in a particularly harmful way. Armed with extremely limited advice from her popular older sister (such as “Wear something different every day”), Jessica interprets these vague rules with some success. Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. I haven't read a middle grade book in almost ten years so I was uneasy about the middle grade label, but I had no need to be.

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Readers will notice that McCafferty has taken a different approach to writing Jessica’s inner thoughts in this book. She's not got as impressive of a vocabulary, though she's starting to build it because she's discovered that her English teacher will really raise her essay grades for each thesaurus phrase substituted for a normal term.

Also like that her best friend Brittney has one of those overnight transitions where she becomes beautiful and popular but for the most part, she really doesn’t let that change her too much (she does end up with a boyfriend at the very end and her relationship with Jessica clearly changes but none of that is depicted as bad. For Jess, her sister Bethany guides her with a list of things to accomplish to have a great school experience, she needs to choose a great boyfriend, join cheer group and make the right friends.I completely understood Jessica’s need to impress her older sibling and find ways to have her interested in her life in any way she could (even if it meant telling a little lie. that is, until her older sister Bethany shows up to bust her bubble and freak her out about starting junior high.



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