31 Mar Bookbed reviews: ‘Jessica Darling’s It List’ by Megan McCafferty
BY KB MENIADO
Don’t be fooled by the title of this review—Jessica, our Darling, the Darlingest of Them All, has been back for quite some time now. More than a year, in fact, so that merits an Omigod! again. (Sorry for the Omigod-ing; Sara’s catchphrase is just perfect for this.)
Now for the benefit of those who don’t have me as their (book)keeper, allow me to share: JD is Jessica Darling from the Jessica Darling books written by Megan McCafferty. It is a five-book series that follows her life from high school until after college.
I know it probably sounds like every other book you’ve seen around, but trust me on this one. Jessica’s voice makes all the difference. I would like to say she is the ultimate YA hero—because in my YA-loving heart, she’s incontestable—but for peace in the world of words, let’s just say that JD is one of the BEST.
So this new JD series, what exactly is new with it?
Welcome to the Jessica Darling’s It List series, where we witness Jessica in her younger years as a middle schooler. Here, she enters seventh grade aiming to be “popular, pretty and perfect,” which has Jessica turning to her older sister, Bethany, for some top tips on how to survive and thrive. Little does young Jess know, the It List is going to change her life in ways she did not ask for!
WHAT I LIKED
THANK YOU, MEGAN, THANK YOU. I’m well-aware that the new JD series is the back story to the first one, but I’m SO HAPPY that Jessica is still Jessica, meaning that her snark and wit remain, albeit on a different level. And even given that, she’s more adorable now that we know how she was as a tween!
Speaking of tweendom, how fun was it to see younger versions of clueless Bridget, bitchy Manda, gossipy Sara and—get this!—nonchalant Hope???
I’d say VERY but not as much fun as when I met the young MARCUS FLUTIE ! ! !
NOPE, NO, NOTHING MORE. JUST GET YOURSELF A COPY.
With all the gushing I’ve done, you’re probably thinking, “What on earth could you possibly NOT like about this book?”
Well, I missed Scotty, Jessica’s supposedly first boyfriend. And while there was an allusion to Heath (Hope’s older brother who OD’d and died), I still have no idea who he is other than him being, excuse me, a Dreg. Maybe in the later books, then?
OMIGOD, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?
The It List series is so promising and fresh that if you find it hard to enjoy reading lit for younger readers, this might change that. ☁