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Jessica Darling's It List 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends
     

Jessica Darling's It List 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends

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by Megan McCafferty
 

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Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade -- finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new friends, Sara, Manda, and Hope. The IT List instructions from her sister, Bethany, and an epic slumber party may help Jessica secure her spot in the cool clique, but does she even

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Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade -- finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new friends, Sara, Manda, and Hope. The IT List instructions from her sister, Bethany, and an epic slumber party may help Jessica secure her spot in the cool clique, but does she even want it?

Megan McCafferty's It List series introduces readers to Jessica Darling, an unabashedly brainy seventh grader who stays true to herself, even if it means being (totally not) cool.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"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."
E. Lockhart
"Trust me, you'll adore Jessica Darling ten different ways."
Wendy Mass
"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."
Jenny Han
"My long-lost friend Jessica Darling is back! I feel so lucky to have a peek into her middle school years in Megan McCafferty's sparkly new series. How I've missed you so, Jessica Darling!"
Jennifer E. Smith
"If I had to do seventh grade all over again, there's nobody I'd rather have by my side than Jessica Darling. She's funny, winning, and completely relatable, and it's impossible not to root for her through all her misadventures. I'm already excited to find out what the next chapter of her story might bring!"
Children's Literature - Aimee Isaac
Twelve year old Jessica Darling is still recovering from her embarrassing attempts to be popular, pretty, and perfect when her sister Bethany offers IT List 2, guaranteed to solve her new crisis: friends. In the second book in the “It List” series, Jessica finds that there are no guarantees. The self-described nerd is soon caught in a flirtation scandal with Scotty; and worse, she is caught between three groups of girls with no clue about who her real friends are. One group is wrapped up in boys; one is wrapped up in manipulation; and the third is focused on running track. She feels her life is spinning out of control when she finds herself the hostess of an epic sleepover. With the advice of her grandmother, Gladdie, Jessica attempts to unite her cheer team friends, spirit squad friends, and her only hope for a real friend, Hope. In the end, she ends up being the one completely left out. The legend of the epic sleepover brings the girls a surge of notoriety but leaves Jessica on the outs with her track team friends. Her only hope is to unite them all with a clever group Halloween costume. When she finally realizes that she also may be admired by two boys, she wonders if she will ever get it right. McCafferty’s insight into tween thinking and her ability to make light of it all are spot on and hilarious. Jessica Darling’s voice is bound to stay with readers long after finishing the book. On the surface the plot seems superficial and stereotypical. Jessica notes many times that she is smart but this is not recognized as a positive character trait. However, the book is filled with solid advice on something tweens truly care about: their social life. The book will be absolutely adored by middle schoolers. Reviewer: Aimee Isaac; Ages 11 to 15.
VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Debbie Kirchhoff
Only seventh grade girls would have so much excitement in their lives to be able to fill a book with the dramatic events of only a month. Yes, it is only one month later when we revisit twelve-year-old Jessica Darling as she continues valiantly to try to figure out junior high school. As in the first book of this prequel series (Jessica Darling’s It List [Little, Brown, 2013/Voya August 2013]), Jessica has been given a guide to navigating seventh grade, courtesy of her college-age sister, Bethany. This new list, instead of guaranteeing popularity, promises to help Jessica manage her friendships, advice she sorely needs now that she and lifelong friend Bridget have grown apart and her new friends are so hard to understand. Fortunately, instead of relying solely on this latest It List, Jessica has the added benefit of a much more reliable source of advice in the form of Gladdie, her grandmother, who has come from Florida to New Jersey for an extended visit to “be there for her.” This latest installment in the perils of Pineville Junior High can be described in just the same way as describing its title character: hilarious, sweet, and smart. This is a fun but not fluffy book; instead it provides some insightful truths about the heartbreaks of growing up, while maintaining a wicked sense of humor. Reviewer: Debbie Kirchhoff; Ages 11 to 15.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
Jessica Darling is back for a second funny and fluffy try at navigating the perils of seventh grade (Jessica Darling's It List 1, 2013). Her popular but ever-so-shallow older sister has provided a second short list—easy to misinterpret, it turns out—of pithy advice that is supposed to help Jessica identify true friends, foes and faux friends. Seventh grade offers a large collection of all of these. Her now-popular BFF Bridget has joined forces with their friend Dori, effectively excluding Jessica from their former threesome. Worse yet, Dori's sure Jessica is making a play for her new boyfriend, Scotty. And Sara and Manda are sure to capitalize on any potential opening into the world of popularity, unconcerned, or perhaps even enjoying it, if Jessica becomes their hapless victim. Hope could be a friend; she's hard to read. And then there are the boys: Both Scotty and Aleck may just have a thing for Jessica. The disastrous slumber party Jessica is cornered into hosting and her exclusion from two sets of group Halloween costumes worn by friends—or faux friends?—are so purely junior high behavior that if it weren't all presented with ample humor, it might just be tragic. McCafferty knows her way around this age group; her depictions are pitch-perfect and will loudly resonate with girls facing their own friends and foes. (Fiction. 11-14)
From the Publisher
* "This latest installment in the perils of Pineville Junior High can be described in just the same way as describing its title character: hilarious, sweet, and smart. This is a fun but not fluffy book; instead it provides some insightful truths about the heartbreaks of growing up, while maintaining a wicked sense of humor."—VOYA (starred review)

"Razor-sharp writing, witty dialogue, and the genuineness of Jessica's struggles make this a sure bet for tween readers."—Booklist

"McCafferty knows her way around this age group; her depictions are pitch-perfect and will loudly resonate with girls facing their own friends and foes."—Kirkus Reviews

"Jessica Darling is starting seventh grade, trying her best to navigate changing friendships and the mysteries of boys -- with cringe-worthy embarrassments at every turn. A good series for tweens who have made their way through Dork Diaries but are not quite ready for Gossip Girl."—School Library Journal

Praise for Jessica Darling's It List:"Readers meeting Jessica for the first time will be charmed by this authentic and funny girl who makes well-tread territory feel as new as a pair of first-day-of-school sneakers."—Publishers Weekly

"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."—Booklist

"Told in the hilariously authentic voice of a preteen girl, this book will have readers laughing out loud at Jessica's high jinks, especially her disastrous stint as the school's mascot."—School Library Journal

"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

"My long lost friend Jessica Darling is back! I feel so lucky to have a peek into her middle school years in Megan McCafferty's sparkly new series. How I've missed you so, Jessica Darling!"—Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of the Summer series and Shug

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316245043
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/16/2014
Series:
Jessica Darling's It List Series , #2
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,358,723
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Megan McCafferty is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series, Bumped, and Thumped. Her work has received honors from the American Library Association and the New York Public Library. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and son.

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Jessica Darling's It List 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite Jessica Darling’s IT LIST 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends by Megan McCafferty is the perfect choice for middle-school girls as not only will they enjoy the book, but they will also be able to relate to the main character and learn valuable lessons. Growing up and leaving elementary school behind and entering Junior-High is a huge transition. Jessica is on this journey and is about to find out if friendships will last through this change. Jessica has found out (as we adults all know) that this is a time in a girl’s life that is filled with drama! Hosting an epic slumber party seems to be just the thing that Jessica needs to be popular, on the “It” list or whatever else is deemed to be “cool.”  Middle-school girls will love Megan McCafferty’s novel, Jessica Darling’s IT LIST 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends. This is fiction written just for them, and it could be any one of them or their friends telling this story or playing a major role in it. Middle-school or Junior-High is such a transition time in a girl’s life for so many reasons and this book will help girls realize they are not alone. Girls in general deal with the drama that takes place in this book and this story will give them an example of how one girl deals with it and will share some challenges and fun times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good but it wasnt as good as the fitst in my opinion.