Tuesday, August 16, 2011

10th Anniversary for Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

I am glad that I read all of the Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty. I am also happy to share with her the 10th anniversary of the first novel Sloppy Firsts which can relate to many teenagers going through school and first loves.

Thanks to Megan for providing me an Interview about Sloppy Firsts:

    Amanda:  Megan, did you put some of your own experiences during high school into Jessica Darling’s Sloppy Firsts?

Megan: Jessica and I certainly have a lot in common. We both grew up in suburban New Jersey, ran track and cross country, developed hopeless crushes on boys who didn’t know we existed and—most significant—were devastated when our best friends moved away. The beauty of fiction taking the truth and mixing it with my imagination. By the time I finished the first draft of SLOPPY FIRSTS, the characters had all become their own people. And there wasn’t anything in the book that happened to me in the same exact way it happened to Jessica.

Amanda:  Which character was your favorite to write about throughout the entire series?

M: I love all my characters-even the ones like Manda and Sara who I love to hate! It was so much fun to see how all these characters evolved over the course of a decade.

A: I hope there is more to Jessica and Marcus’ story in the future! do you plan on creating another novel with these characters?

 M: Thank you so much for saying that. I really like where I left them at the end of PERFECT FIFTHS. Right now I don’t have any plans to go back to any of the characters in the series. But who knows how I ‘ll feel 10 or 20 years from now—or more? Maybe I’ll write Jessica Darling: The Menopausal Years…

A: Sloppy Firsts is still reaching out to readers, how would you relate to your character Jessica?

M:  SLOPPY FIRSTS is ten years old, but clueless parents, annoying friends, frustrating crushes and raging hormones are universal. Jessica Darling thinks things that many high schoolers think, but didn’t know how to articulate or aren’t brave enough to say. For many readers, Jessica’s rants and observations are cathartic. She helps them realize, “Hey, I’m not alone.”

Thanks Megan for writing such beautiful book, I know I enjoyed each novel during my 5 days reading them. I am happy for this happy 10th anniversary. Jessica's story is always in our hearts and she has helped us with her journals/diaries what it is like to be a teenager and an adult, to fall in love with a pretend Marcus.
Thanks Megan, I look forward to many more of your novels in the future:) 

-- Amanda

1 comment:

  1. i love this series and frequently recommend it to my high school students. i read sloppy firsts in october 2001 and was smitten with marcus from word one! i happen to live near 'pineville' and recognized many of the places megan mentioned. i also got to host and interview with her this week and included some photos of the wonders of marcus and jessica's pineville. :)


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