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Second Helpings (Jessica Darling Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    You. Yes. You should read this book.

    Jessica Lynn Darling is tall, skinny, athletic and smart. Who wouldn¿t want to be all of those things? Jessica Lynn Darling. In Second Helpings, McCafferty precisely captures the life of a frustrated high school teenager. Jessica is sick and tired of everything. From her parents, her sister and school, to her relentless love for the quote bad boy unquote, Marcus Flutie. She hates how her parents will never understand her. She is mad at her dad because he pushes her to be the athletic son he almost had, forcing her to do the unthinkable thing as captain and four-year varsity vet of the track team. She hates how her sister, Bethany, is the good-looking and popular child her mom always dreamed of. She hates even more how her mom wishes she was just like her. She cannot stand how her school and middle-of-nowhere-town, Pineville, is so focused on social status. She wants to get away from everyone and everything related to Pineville. She dreams of going to Columbia University in New York to study writing. But after the recent events of 9/11, her parents will barely let her out of the house, so she abandons all hope. But most of all, Jessica hates how she cannot seem to get Marcus Flutie out of her head. Even with his mysterious and quiet personality, Marcus is still managing to get into her hectic life. This time, Jessica is determined to steer clear of him and his mind games. After some wise words from her grandmother, Gladdie, Jessica discovers that she¿s been blind to what has been blatantly in front of her all this time, and finally makes the decision of her life. McCafferty¿s captivating novel, Second Helpings, leaves the reader content, yet eager for the next installation of this fantastic series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    This book is da bomb!!!

    Ok, so its kinda a love story but it's also completely realistic, I'm only 14 but it totally explains life as a teenage girl. The main character 'Jessica' is someone you can completly relate to, a lot of books these days either describe life as a scoop of ice cream or some really heavy depressing drug-adict-alcaholic-foster-kid-orphan mix. This book shows that yes, 'Life sucks, and then you die.' but you also have good times in between those super sucky moments.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    This review cannot even express the sensation of perfect conten

    This review cannot even express the sensation of perfect contentment I felt while being invited to stay in the wondrous world of Jessica Darling, queen of sarcasm and protagonist extraordinaire.
    In her five-book series Megan McCafferty allows us to follow Jessica on her way from being a teenager to a young woman, with all the responsibilities and decisions awaiting her in future. It was great to witness everything going on in her life over such a long span of time. I didn't want to miss one single of her thoughts. Because even though I am not a teenager anymore, it felt so good to read on page what makes these years so angstful and exciting at the same time.

    Every character contributes to the masterpiece of fun and hilarity -without ever forgetting that there's also the serious side of life- the Jessica Darling series stands for. I loved them all! Marcus Flutie, Jessica of course, her best friend Hope, the parents, her sister and her niece, to name only a few.
    Marcus Flutie is the main love interest and an extreme case of changeability. It's obvious that he hasn't found his place in life yet, always restless, always changing his mind and his heart about his future, his goals and even Jessica. I'd subtitle this series 'The metamorphosis of Marcus Flutie'. Alternative and surely not mainstream, he always seems to be on an experimental trip. We don't get him more often than we do, but when we connect, it's in all the right ways.
    Jessica is witty and her humour is the best. I laughed, I cried. I can’t believe how she always said and thought exactly what I was thinking. I wish I read this series much sooner. A revelation to every young adult reader!

    Jessica and Marcus make mistakes, get together, seperate again. Life comes in the way, wrong decisions play a part. It's just too much to point out every turn their relationship or lives make. There are so many scenes that need to be all time favourites! You. Yes. You. Marcus Flutie you stole my heart.
    The first two books SLOPPY FIRSTS and SECOND HELPINGS are about Jessica's time in high school.

    We are very lucky, because Jessica is keeping a diary. And the writing is as appealing as it is, because the story is written in the style of numerous diary entries. It has a very personal character and feels like we are just inside her head, going through everything she experiences and feeling as much love for Marcus Flutie as she does. Her writing is changing over the course of the series, especially in the fourth book, which is great, because it's a fab way to express change in her person or her ways of thinking.

    This series is a guide for all young, sarcastic, lovable and insecure girls out there! Megan McCafferty, I thank you for all the hours of laughter and tears your novels brought into my house. You are a marvelous writer and I'm expecting to see many more books of you on my favourite shelves in the near future. I hope that we can find a version of that incredibly admirable and lovely Jessica Darling in all of us.

    5/5 ***** JESSICA DARLING series - Clever, romantic, sarcastic & so much more. YA at its best!

    SLOPPY FIRSTS recently had its 12th anniversary. Unbelieveable, but true. This series is in no way inferior to contemporary YA relatives in its originialty or actuality. This is a series that needs to be handed down to your kids, they will surely love to read about that Jessica Darling when they are growing up. And for everyone who hasn't read this series, I suggest you catch up on it now. It doesn't matter if you are 13 or 30, you will get and love it!

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    McCafferty raises the bar with her second installment of her hil

    McCafferty raises the bar with her second installment of her hilarious Jessica Darling series.

    It’s Jessica’s senior year. She’s somehow become friends with the girls of the Clueless Crew, and she hasn’t spoken to Marcus since the night they almost kissed. On top of everything, she needs to pick a college. McCafferty does not disappoint in this book. Her infamous snark  is alive and well in her main character. Jessica was admittedly a little less relatable in this book, simple because of her aloofness to what was really going on. Marcus became the center of attention for me in this book. So much was explained, but I think there’s still more to learn about him. The ending felt a lot like a John Hughes movie. I know that there’s more in store for these characters, though, so I’m going to let that slide. There’s also plenty of backstabbing and high school drama, if you’re into that. This one has more of a resolution, so I didn’t have to run for the next book immediately. Still, I’m eager to see what’s next for Jessica.

    This is one of the better books about high school I’ve read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013


    It shows her real feelings and is a good read not for children though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Savannah to all single guys

    Hey im savannah im in need of a bf ill tell u mor if u reply

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Definitely grew on me!

    Jessica Darling wants nothing to do with Marcus Flutie after his betrayal, but he seems determined to make her life as awkward as possible by helping his best friend Len Levy win her over. Not to mention, Marcus seems to be in cahoots with her colorful grandmother at the nursing home when it comes to Jessica's love life and college plans. As she tries to survive her senior year at Pineville High, Jessica combats a mediocre relationship with a boy not of her dreams, a dream college that far exceeds her family's budget, and the temptation of going over to the dark side known as Marcus Flutie.

    second helpings grew on me. I didn't love it at first, but the more I think about this book and the more I find myself quoting the infamous "you, yes, you" all the time to Mr. Z, the more I realize that Megan McCafferty has affected - or is it infected? - my mind. The tug-of-war between Jessica and Marcus is absolutely perfect in their imperfections, and I could not wait to see which one of them would finally yank the other over to their side. second helpings may not have impressed me at first, but it has definitely left a lasting impression on my own romantic whimsies.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    These books are sometimes YA and sometimes not....I don't care because I love Marcus Flutie! This book was recommended to me by Kia and Mo. I am absolutely terrified to continue with the story because they are all happy right now....

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    In SLOPPY FIRSTS, Jessica Darling dealt with adjusting to life without her best friend, Hope, having feelings for the school rebel, Marcus, and finding who she really is as a person. You know, typical teenager stuff. <BR/><BR/>In the sequel to SLOPPY FIRSTS, SECOND HELPINGS, Jess finds herself dealing with even more problems as she starts her senior year of high school. After spending the summer at SPECIAL, a summer writing camp for (you guessed it) special high school students, Jess decides that she wants to 1). become a writer and 2). attend the prestigious Columbia University in New York City. <BR/><BR/>The only problem is that she now has the tough job of convincing her parents. <BR/><BR/>With Len Levy, her brilliant competition for Valedictorian, crushing on her, and her determination to get over Marcus with only the help of her blonde Barbie doll neighbor, Bridget, Jess gets more than she bargains for as she struggles to plan her future and rediscover her past. <BR/><BR/>In my opinion, SECOND HELPINGS is even better than the terrific prequel SLOPPY FIRSTS. Through her shocking and entertaining observations about everything from her high school peers to "hot" writing instructors, readers identify with Jess's plights as she tries to reach her dream of getting out of New Jersey suburbia. Another touching book, another realistic story, another fantastic read from Megan McCafferty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

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    i loved this series!! This book is soo real. like its totally believable. i would rrecommend it to anybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Second Readings Please!

    Second Helpings was a phenomenal book. It always kept me reading. I loved how it was written like a diary. I like how Megan McCafferty made it seem like Jess was telling you the story, instead of just having Jess write in her journal. Jess seems like she¿s a down-to-earth girl, and she gets along with almost everyone. She has the same problems as what I have had in the past. My best friend lives in a different town than I do. Hope lives in a different state than Jess. I was a surprised to find that Jess is a lot like me. That helped a lot while I was reading it. If you loved Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, you¿ll love Charmed Thirds!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2007

    Dang this was good!

    This book was even better than the first one. I usually don't like reading, but because of books like these, i love to read. I actually enjoy reading now, and i cant wait to read the third one Charmed Thirds. I am so excited for it. Read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006


    this boook is even more hilarious than Sloppy Firsts. its so funny hearing what Jessica Ddarling thinks about the school and her 'so-called' friends. i recomend this to EVERYONE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    Three words: I LOVE IT!

    Never has a fictional character reminded me so much of myself. I too know how annoying gum-smacking bimbos are, how jerky oversexed jocks can be and how hard life is when your best friend just isn't around. I, like Jessica, have also felt like no one understands what's up in my life and, strangely enough, I love the eighties too!!! The only difference between that character and I, is that I'm just starting high school. It's hard to believe that Megan McCafferty is an adult when she relates to teens so well. All I can say is that Second Helpings had huge shoes to fill after Sloppy Firsts, but did it with flying colors. Now I can't wait to read Charmed Thirds!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2006

    second helpings serves as good as the first

    It's hard to follow up to such a refreshing, witty, outstanding first book but it's easily done here. All the characters you know and love are back! If that isn't enough this book also filled to the rim with laugh-out-loud funny events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2006

    Stick to it

    I was so close to not finishing this book because it had such a slow start,but i kept reading it and it was good. I liked Sloppy Firsts better though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006


    This book was most definitely outstanding. Jessica is so easy to relate to the whole plot is easy to relate to. This book gave me a whole new look on life, like how you shouldn't care so much about what people think and you should just be happy being you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006


    no surprise here - the sequel to 'sloppy firsts' was equally if not more funny than the first book was. jessica had some tough decisions to make and a lot of stuff to deal with, but she got through it okay. i would definitely reccomend this book to everyone .. its awesome and hard to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006


    I am about to go out and buy charming thirds, and I'm counting the seconds. Jessica is such a relatable character. She is funny and lovable, but even more than that I LOVE MARCUS!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    Christina, 17

    Ok, Megan McCafferty has a way of creating stories and witty one liners that just keep you wanting more. As if thats not enough, she makes you feel like what you're reading is really happening, and everyone can relate. Her characters are so well defined and I must say, Megan McCafferty is the best author I've ever come across.

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