I especially related to her lame attempt to weasel her way into the popular clique with an ill fated sleepover shades of 5th grade summer! After her tragic turn as the school mascot, Jessica gets another list from her older sister Bethany-- this one a little more cryptic than the last and dealing with the issue of friends and enemies. . How did Jessica get stuck as the only girl in wood shop when all of her friends are in family and consumer science class? Speaking of, there's a reference to the later series that seriously made me shriek and then grin like a freak. Jessica tries to figure out the motives of her friends and because she doesn't understand her friends, she never gets their motives right. I love these books because of the over reactions of Jessica Darling. How does Megan Mccaffetty capture middle school so perfectly? And even if Jessica does go to extremes in her ideas of how to solve friendship problems, it's all done with such heart and innocence that you just want to hug her. The list contains related movies ordered by similarity.
As with the first book in this series, I enjoyed seeing appearances of characters who'd go on to be major players in the original series about Jessica's high school years. Especially because I remember being in junior high and being just that melodramatic. Jessica is still trying to navigate her new junior high life. Any middle school girl will be able to relate to everything Jessica faces. While Bridget keeps taking Jessica's homemade sweets and classifying them as her own to impress Burke, Jessica is expected to always be there all the time Bridget and her many potential break ups with Burke may occur. This book was a total letdown. In this second installment in the series, Jessica is struggling with her many friendships.
She also doesn't understand boys all of a sudden. I could see how Dori and Bridget might envy Manda's persuasive personality or Sara's all-knowingness. This is a very funny read, with some important messages about navigating middle school. It feels so much more true to life to have a protagonist who simply couldn't care less. With her parents so occupied, her grandmother is staying with them for a few weeks and I loved the sounding board she provided when Jessica was feeling a little lost.
If you've already read the book, did the film capture the spirit and intent of the story? Hope then being her new best friend really, confides in Jess about her period coming and that being why she acted oddly at Jess's sleepover. The direction is fast-paced and dedicated to the telling of the story, and the perfomers, especially the leads, are talented, age-appropriate no 30 year-olds posing as teens , and attractive. They're quick, they make me laugh, and they make me soooooo glad I'm no longer in junior high. Jessica Darling was there for me during a tough time. Cross Country seems to be the one place where Jessica is happy and comfortable, especially after a group Halloween costume falls apart and a slumber party fails disastrously. These books don't have all that much of a plot--this one has even less than the simplistic Guide to Popularity, Prettiness, and Perfection--and it's really only forgivable because McCafferty is such an entertaining writer and Jessica is such an endearing, relatable protagonist. The premise is similar - Bethany, Jessica's beautiful, much-older sister, has yet another list that guarantees that Jessica will be able to navigate friendships in her middle school years.
Also, just the drama level of the romantic relationships in the seventh grade cracks me up. And although Woodshop does make an appearance, it's more for the sake of Jessica's interaction with Aleck than anything else. Although seeing as how I met her when she was in high school and we went through college and early adulthood together, you can make the case that I grew up with her, too. But again, I will religiously read anything about Jessica Darling, so bring on! Read this one cover to cover and immediately started book 3 right after This is the second It List book, featuring Jessica Darling of Sloppy Firsts fame in middle school. The premise is similar - Bethany, Jessica's beautiful, much-older sister, has yet another list that guarantees that Jessica will be able to navigate friendships in her middle school years. It didn't bother me as much in the first book, but this one felt even younger for some reason. I was sad to see that there was next to no Mr.
I like it a little less than the first one, probably because the storyline feels a little more run-of-the-mill, but it's still a short, amusing read. Her older sister provides her with a how-to list about making friends and being popular, and Jessica somehow ends up hosting a sleepover that doesn't quite turn out as planned. Of course the other thing about It List 2 is that it's advances our characters, turning them into the people they are and will be in the original Jessica Darling series. As much as I love being back in Jessica Darling's world, I am struggling a bit with how incredibly young this new series is. Jess later Learning her Grandma is staying over for eighteen days, Jessica is excited to be able to bake sweet treats with her grandma and get her advice on her friend situations. In the second book of this middle grade series, Jessica is navigating friendships like whoa.
The I read this in one afternoon. Review originally posted at This is the second book in Megan McCafferty's middle-grade Jessica Darling series, and it's just as full of heart as the first. It's a cute, quick book for fans of the original series. Also, so many of the reactions to events such as problems at the sleepover than made Jessica panic seemed just absolutely perfect. The fact that those things stay put when she is literally I used it right! I can totally relate to Jessica in almost every single way because I feel like I went to all the same exact things she's going through in this book just a while before she did. The list is, once again, written in B Review originally posted at This is the second book in Megan McCafferty's middle-grade Jessica Darling series, and it's just as full of heart as the first. Some movies like Jessica Darling's It List: Wonder 2017 , Dear Dumb Diary 2013 , Patrick 2018 , Becoming Jesse Tate 2009 , Necessary Parties 1988.
I felt lost at the beginning with a skimpy synopsis of the first book. She can just let people be and try her best to be a good friend. Jessica Darling takes her older sister's advice once again. At the end of the movie, what clues did the filmmakers give you to tell you where their relationship was going? Imagine my pleasure when I stumbled upon books 2 and 3 at the library today! As in the first book, Jessica misunderstands the instructions and ends up with unexpected results. And, like in the first book, there are definitely some interactions with Marcus Flutie.