This is the cover. I LOVE IT.
This is the cover. I LOVE IT.

Introducing the middle grade prequel to SLOPPY FIRSTS.

I hadn’t even gotten to homeroom yet and I’d already discovered five hard truths about junior high:

1. My best friend had turned pretty.
2. She didn’t know it yet.
3. It wouldn’t be long before she did.
4. That knowledge would change everything between us.
5. And there wasn’t a thing I could do about it.

It’s the first day of seventh grade. Is Jessica Darling doomed for dorkdom?

New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty’s hilarious series opener will have you laughing, cringing, and cheering for Jessica Darling as she learns that being herself beats being popular, pretty & perfect any day.


“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 miss you so, Jessica Darling!”

–Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of the Summer series and Shug

“Jessica Darling won’t really tell you how to be popular; instead she’ll mock and subvert the entire middle-school popularity system while you laugh hysterically. Trust me, you’ll adore her ten different ways.”

— E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

“I first fell in love with Megan McCafferty’s irrepressible and hilarious Jessica Darling in Sloppy Firsts. 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 a new generation of readers.”

–Wendy Mass, author of The Candymakers

“If I had to do seventh grade all over again, there’s nobody I’d rather have by my side than Jessica Darling.  Funny, winning, and completely relatable, she makes for delightful company as she navigates her way through a new school, 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!”

–Jennifer E. Smith, author of This is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Storm Makers