Even if you’re not a longtime Jessica Darling fan (in which case you should get off of your computer/phone/iPad and read Sloppy Firsts ASAP), it’s hard not to love Jessica Darling’s IT List. I’m so happy that a younger generation of readers is getting introduced to one of my favorite literary heroines.
As I said in my Goodreads review, this book took me back to middle school in the best possible way: a way that let me laugh at how monumental and stressful the smallest of things, like a false rumor, can seem. I wouldn’t go back to middle school for a million dollars, but I’ll always enjoy reading about it.
The IT List #2 takes place at the beginning of Jessica’s seventh-grade year, when her friendships with Bridget, Hope, Manda, Sara and Dori are proving complicated. Jessica hosts a sleepover party (referred to as the “PARTY!!!”) at the advice of her older sister, Bethany, and disaster ensues. Well, not completely. There are tidbits thrown in for those who have read all five books in the Jessica Darling series and know what happens next. A certain MARCUS FLUTIE makes an appearance. That is all you need to know.