Sunday, October 27, 2013

Jessica Darling's It List by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection (Jessica Darling's It List, #1)Jessica is starting the seventh grade, and her sister presents a list of things to do in order to become popular, pretty, and perfect: Wear different things every day, make the cheer team, pick a boyfriend wisely, and stick with the It clique. Jessica tries to follow the list, but she's not her sister. She likes to wear t-shirts, she's uncoordinated, she's awkward around boys, the It clique is full of drama. However, her best friend has blossomed into the cutest girl in the seventh grade, and they have no classes together. And Jessica is even stuck in an all-boy shop class! Jessica finds her "wings" in an unexpected way but still must survive the drama.

The author described common problems for middle school girls, but it wasn't too girly for me to enjoy. I liked how Jessica was able to find good results after all of her mistakes. The story really focuses on the difficulty of fitting in and the complications of keeping friendships. After teaching middle school for twenty-five years, I could "totally" appreciate the characters and plot. It's okay to be yourself!

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