Publisher: Poppy (Hachette)
Release Date: September 3rd, 2013
I hadn't even gotten to homeroom yet and I'd already discovered five hard truths about junior high:Disclaimer: I received an ARC through the ARCycling program. This did not affect my review in any way, nor was I compensated for writing the review.
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?
"It is well-written and the voice of the main character felt so real."
Moving on, this book captured the essence of middle school so well. It brought me back to those days. *shudder* The drama was so real and believe-able, and the actions of the characters all seemed like something that middle schoolers would do.
At the same time, since it's being told from the perspective from a middle schooler, there were times when I wanted to yell at the characters! There was also a sense of predictability, possibly because there are only usually so many ways conflicts end when you're in middle school, and, having lived through that, it isn't so hard to figure it out.
I'm finding it hard to say anything more about this book, not because it was bad. It was a fun, quick read, but I'd rather not remember middle school. :P I'd consider reading book #2, but while this was a good read, it doesn't appeal to me so much. It is well-written and the voice of the main character felt so real, but it didn't stick out to me.