Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling #2
Published by Crown Publishing Group
Publish Date: April 22, 2003
Jessica Darling is up in arms again in this much-anticipated, hilarious sequel to Sloppy Firsts. This time, the hyperobservant, angst-ridden teenager is going through the social and emotional ordeal of her senior year at Pineville High. Not only does the mysterious and oh-so-compelling Marcus Flutie continue to distract Jessica, but her best friend, Hope, still lives in another state, and she can’t seem to escape the clutches of the Clueless Crew, her annoying so-called friends. To top it off, Jessica’s parents won’t get off her butt about choosing a college, and her sister Bethany’s pregnancy is causing a big stir in the Darling household.–(summary from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Okay, I need to go ahead and address the fact that this is the second book in a series and that it is almost unfair for me to throw this into my Contemporary Month without addressing the first book. So I’ll probably talk about them both, especially for my newer readers out there. I “pulled an Asheley” and read this book on a whim the other day and I feel the need to talk about it. NOW. So let’s talk.
I finally caved, read the first book, and LOVED it.
BUT…I was hella frustrated at the ending.
I mentioned after Sloppy Firsts that
I have some issues with sweet Jessica Darling.
Let me explain/remind you all:
Jessica Darling is a girl with issues. Good grief, that girl has a ton of them! Sometimes I wanted to reach through Sloppy Firsts and slap her. TRUE STORY. But…I can see some progression in her character into Second Helpings. Not much…but there is some forward movement. And I applaud you, Jessica Darling. I do. I’m told that if I keep up with the series, she’s an awesome badass by the end. This excites me.
I need to make a Marcus Flutie clarification.
WHY ON EARTH IS EVERYONE SO IN LOVE
(Really, I do think Marcus is a bit of a dork. But sometimes I do go for dorks. And I still don’t get the red hair thing. If I can’t hear the voice, the hair means nothing to me, nothing at all. Do NOT send me hate mail or tweets over this. DO NOT.)
Second Helpings has a Jessica that is a little more sure of herself than she was in Sloppy Firsts, but she still makes some mistakes. She has opinions and doggone it, she holds onto them even when she really should just chill out a little bit. Second Helpings is filled with pain and love and a bazillion mixed signals, lots of inside jokes and playing games with one another. There’s this weird and uncomfortable almost love triangle that really isn’t (just go with me here), some secret couples, some couples that really should be kept secret because they’re pretty gross, just like ones you may remember from high school. This book has everything.
And the ending. Deep breath. Another deep breath. You know, I read this whole book and…just, that ending. I really loved it.
If you’re one of the few left (like me, don’t be afraid to admit it) that hasn’t read this series yet – JUST DO IT. DO IT!
As for me, I’m almost scared to keep going because I actually liked the ending of this one and OH GRACIOUS WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE ENDINGS OF THE OTHERS?? Thoughts, people who have already read it? The stress of this is very stressful.
Humor, Lots of it!
Books with Issues: All kinds of issues.
Lovers of Marcus Flutie!
People who love red-headed men (apparently
there are a ton of you specifically)
Older YA Readers & Adult YA-Loving Readers
is currently available for purchase.
Should I keep going?
Or should I stop while I’m ahead,
with an ending that I like?
Tell me how much you love this series.
Convince me to keep going!