Something I love about working at a book publishing company: FREE BOOKS. And not just any old free books that no one wants. I’m talking hardcover editions of the latest and greatest! So of course when we got the “there are free books on the 4th floor” email, I joined the stampede. I came away with Jessica Darling’s IT List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection, Michael Connelly’s The Gods of Guilt (for Jack), and I Am Malala.
I couldn’t resist reading Jessica Darling’s IT List first. You guys KNOW how much I’m in love with the series. So in love that I have declared (and will keep on doing so) Marcus Flutie my fictional boyfriend. One thing you might not know about me is I also have a thing for red-headed males (Marcus is a red-head, naturally).
Love love love them. Anyway, I just finished the book this morning and it was pretty wonderful. Obviously nothing will be better than the original series, but if anything comes close, it has to be this book, which follows Jessica through the trials and tribulations of seventh grade. It’s really interesting to see the groundwork that sets up the original story line and to see the difference between seventh grade Jessica and post-college, adult Jessica. I was nervous that this book was just a ploy to get more out of the series even though it’s so clearly finished, but it was a pleasant surprise. It’s a quick read, hilarious as always, with definitely not enough Marcus. It totally brought me back to all that middle school drama and teenage angst, but with a different perspective than my usual hatred of those years. Even more good news: Jessica Darling’s IT List #2 is coming out in fall 2014!
A few favorite lines:
“You’re mondo,” Dori said to Bridget.
“No, you’re mondo!” Bridget said to Dori.
“No. Seriously. You’re mondo.”
And I was like, MONDO ISN’T EVEN A REAL WORD.
By the time eighth period rolled around, Manda was vowing to “end the CHEER TEAM!!! monopoly on school spirit and take them down once and for all.” Because nothing says school spirit like declaring war on your fellow classmates.
If you are looking for a really amazing read, pick up Sloppy Firsts. You won’t regret it, I promise.
PS – I suggest reading the original series first before reading the IT List, despite the backwards chronological order. Trust me!