Author: Megan McCafferty
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
ARC provided by publisher
I haven't read the original Jessica Darling books, but this first in a prequel series is a sure-fire hit for tween girls.
Jessica Darling is about to start junior high when her older sister gives her list of things to do to be popular. Jessica wasn't worried about starting junior high until she reads the list because she has no idea how she's going to manage do any of it.
Further complicating matters is that Jessica's best friend has turned pretty over the summer and doesn't know it yet. But Jessica knows that is about to change and change everything about their friendship.
Jessica is tries her best to fit in, but often finds herself in the absolutely wrong place at the wrong time. Eventually she finds out that fitting in may not be as important and finding out who you really are.
Megan McCafferty writes with humor and honesty about the transition to junior high with new friends, new classes, and new rules.
I'd recommend Jessica Darling's It List to readers who enjoyed Smile by Rana Telgemeier or Peanut by Ayun Halliday.