I seem to be in the middle of my third read of Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series.
I don’t understand how this happened.
This was my first read:
Wtf is this??? Jessica is at the top of her class, a brilliant athlete, has a group of friends and she’s complaining??? On top of which, you’re telling me this Marcus character is the cool kid and he’s a ginger with dreads, but really just super intelligent and misunderstood? And don’t even get me started on this Paul Parlipiano character. Just NO.
My second read:
OK, I’ve accepted that she’s not Daria, her love interest is not Trent and that is a good thing, and I do like the story, and the writing is not at all bad.
How did I not love this from the start!?! I love how bitter and cynical Jessica is. So what if she’s an athlete (for all of the first book), so what if she’s really smart to boot? Bitter. Cynical. And at times wonderfully irrational. What more could you ask for? I loves it. You don’t have to be Daria. Even if it’s preferable.
If you’re not familiar with this series, and interested in knowing what it’s about, Forever Young Adult does a brilliant job explaining the plot and why you need it in your life.
I absolutely love this series and a terrible movie/TV series really should be made asap.
Of course, I fully expect Jared Leto to be cast as Paul Parlipiano. So what if he’s…30 years to old? Doesn’t matter!
Do I feel slightly guilty that I’m
a. a grown woman reading YA?
b. “wasting” time on rereads when there are lots of new and brilliant books to read?
Kinda. Yeah. But I’ve got zero control.
..it should probably also be said that the slut-shaming and judging people by appearance that this book is kinda fond of is problematic. But yea. You can’t expect all books to be a feminist masterpiece.