All the performances are great, but Chloe East is a natural! Imagine my pleasure when I stumbled upon books 2 and 3 at the library today! I do think that McCafferty has morphed the characters into younger versions of themselves verses the Jessica Darling series rather well. But my daughter - who is kinda like Jessica - really felt that she would feel like I valued her less if I focussed more on her appearance. When the big day arrives, Jessica learns that fitting in is never easy. Story: Jessica Darling — a smart, witty, opinionated girl heading into 7th grade — was never too concerned about where she'd fit in the middle school hierarchy. Or when making the cheer team means dressing up as the school mascot, Mighty the Seagull.
Even grandma can see this one and not be offended. Still not sure if an actual 12 year-old girl would enjoy these. As a fan of the original Jessica Darling series, I am not the target demographic for this new middle-grade series. I love how hard she tries, how much she falls short of her intended outcomes, and how well things turn out anyway. 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.
. Yes, 7th grade is still complicated--and funny for the reader--in Jessica Darling's world. I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. In the end, she of course learns that she will like her life, and the kinds of friends she makes better, if she just acts like herself. She is the author of the popular books series, Jessica Darling.
She got all the weird girl power dynamics and passive aggression exactly right. I also loved Scotty in this book and I find his reasons behind liking Jess really sweet; it actually makes me appreciate his character in the other books in a new, unpredictable way. Bonus points for a girl with engineering aspirations taking shop class. I hadn't even gotten to homeroom yet and I'd already discovered five hard truths about junior high: 1. Their interactions are cute, but they feel forced from a storytelling perspective--because everyone who has read the original series knows who Aleck is and what role he will play in Jessica's life. While I liked the first It List book better, this one definitely had its moments and was overall charming. 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.
As a fan of the original book series, I will read anything involving these characters. 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. Younger readers will find the stories amusing and relatable, and older fans of the original series will enjoy being re-introduced to Jessica's friends and frenemies in their pubescent form. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this book, but it has turned me off from reading the next book and any future installments. And, again, I'm annoyed with everything to do with Aleck.
There is no sex, drugs, profanity. 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. Not a huge deal in terms of entertainment, but I did cock my head to the side every time the lists came up. Plus, I felt they were all pretty accurate depictions of both my own, and my daughter's junior high experience. Although in this film the Jessica sorts her problems out with a minimum of help from the adults. 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.
I do, however, think the confusion and frustration of interactions during middle school comes across rather authentically for this time period. Also, just the drama level of the romantic relationships in the seventh grade cracks me up. With a superb supporting cast the film moves smoothly from one disaster to another. Parents need to know that Jessica Darling's It List is a movie based on the book for older kids and tweens by. If anything, these books make me want to reread the originals now that I've gotten a glimpse of the characters' back-stories. I read this in one afternoon. I'm so excited that they'll be able to grow up with her.
But beyond that, It List 2 left me wishing that I'd had these books as a guide to my tween life when I was a kid. Her best friend has had a makeover and attracts the attention of freshmen football players, her new classmates have outlandish and confusing methods for trying to gain popularity, and she has mistakenly been scheduled for Woodshop, which includes a class full of smart-aleck boys led by a ridiculously off-the-wall teacher. There are so many great things about this movie but if I had to choose only one, it would be young people can see that conflict can be resolved and even lead to friendships. She didn't know it yet. Possible break ups are met with wailing, but the couples really have nothing to talk about ever. I am absolutely loving this series.
Jessica Darling was there for me during a tough time. Bottom line: this book and the It List series in general is nothing to get too jazzed about, but you won't regret reading it. Specifically, she was there for me the summer I graduated high school in 2003 and was moving away from everyone and everything I knew. Plus, Jessica's combin Still enjoying Jessica Darling and the trauma of her 7th grade year. The mothers loved the message about finding your true path--a journey that can have its challenges but is always worth it in the end. But if you are out of junior high, this film is not for you. Judgmental nature that makes me wonder if you are in fact me.
This is something that Jessica really struggles with. The new seventh grader is more concerned about being Jessica. Jessica is just as innocent, witty, and feisty about friendship as she was about popularity. Her mother never really apologizes in the film. So when Jessica's beautiful, collegiate older sister Bethany Blair Fowler unexpectedly arrives to show her the ropes before school starts, Jessica is open, wide-eyed, and willing. I'm so excited that they'll be able to grow up with her.