12-year-old Jessica Darling is, in her own words, "very witty, medium pretty and a little bit zitty." Unlike her best friend Bridget, Jessica isn't nervous about starting Pineville Junior High -- that is, until her peppy and pretty older sister, Bethany, tells her that entering seventh grade means that everything will change. In an effort to continue the "Darling Domination of Popularity," Bethany presents Jessica with The IT List: A Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection.
Armed with her instructions, Jessica stumbles her way through the first few weeks of seventh grade, misinterpreting advice like "wear something different everyday" as "wear something unique everyday" and inadvertently becoming Pineville Junior High's mascot, the mighty New Jersey seagull. This hilarious series opener is sure to appeal to fans of the Dork Diaries who are ready to get their laugh on without pictures.
"Jessica is a winning heroine, and as she stumbles and fumbles (and literally falls flat on her face), readers will laugh alongside her and, yes, cheer as she comes into her authentic self."
"I loved meeting Megan McCafferty's hilarious and irrepressible Jessica Darling in Sloppy Firsts. Now, I'm thrilled to turn back the clock and watch her navigate the highs and lows of seventh grade. I laughed and cheered for her and so will you."
—Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers and 13 Gifts