But if you are out of junior high, this film is not for you. The instructions appear simple enough to follow, but, like life, nothing is as easy as it seems. . Jessica Darling, a 7th grader attempts to reconcile two rival friend groups as well as master an unexpectedly challenging woodshop. What did you like or not like about the adaptation? But because I like Jessica's character so much, I thought it would be fun to read them anyway. Then some complicated boy drama comes along to mak I am absolutely loving this series.
I watched this with a group of mothers and their daughters all aged between 9-13 years old and they absolutely adored this movie! And more Marcus Flutie, of course, and I'm enjoying see Hope and Jessica's friendship develop. I watched the movie of book 1 last week on Netflix and loved it and was sad there wasn't more. I'm happy to spend time in her world, even if the storyline isn't as polished or tight as it should be. This book was a total letdown. She's having trouble building the ones that really matter, and spending too much time worrying about the ones that are making her life miserable. This story was enjoyable, but I did have some minor issues with it. I love how hard she tries, how much she falls short of her intended outcomes, and how well things turn out anyway.
This is the world Jessica Darling must navigate. They're quick, they make me laugh, and they make me soooooo glad I'm no longer in junior high. Counting on advice from her mega-popular older sister, Jessica navigates the treacherous waters of middle school society. The characters are relatable, funny and multi-dimensional. It was no secret that Jessica's time in Woodshop was my favorite part about It List 1. The characters were much more like girls and boys they recognized in their daily lives, unlike the over-the-top caricatures that dominate entertainment for this age group. At the end of the movie, what clues did the filmmakers give you to tell you where their relationship was going? Jessica seems a lot more like herself and her friendship with Hope and with our Marcus Flutie is really starting to develop.
Jess feels happy knowing she's a trusted friend and realises being a slow developer body wise may not be a bad thing after all. And even if Jessica does go to extremes in her ideas of how to solve friendship problems, it's all done with such heart and innocence that you just want to hug her. Plus, Jessica's combin Still enjoying Jessica Darling and the trauma of her 7th grade year. Seventh grade is underway and she's still trying to fit in, continuing on from where the first book left off. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this book, but it has turned me off from reading the next book and any future installments.
There was a supposed turning point- but noooooooo; I found another scene afterwards that could've been a turning point as well. I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I live for ships and middle graders just do not ship as well as young adults. These books don't have all that much of a plot--this one has even less than the simplistic Guide to Popularity, Prettiness, and Perfection--and it's really only forgivable because McCafferty is such an entertaining writer and Jessica is such an endearing, relatable protagonist. And the truth is, they don't need a slapstick comedic comeupppance. In a way, that almost made this book feel true to life--things aren't neatly resolved by the end and some conflicts are ongoing.
She got all the weird girl power dynamics and passive aggression exactly right. I'm so excited that they'll be able to grow up with her. I could see how Dori and Bridget might envy Manda's persuasive personality or Sara's all-knowingness. But again, I will religiously read anything about Jessica Darling, so bring on! Despite being given very bad advice, Jessica discovers that being true to her own values is the best path to follow. Plus, I felt they were all pretty accurate depictions of both my own, and my daughter's junior high experience. I do, however, think the confusion and frustration of interactions during middle school comes across rather authentically for this time period.
As a fan of the original book series, I will read anything involving these characters. Especially because I remember being in junior high and being just that melodramatic. I understood why Manda and Sara might wish they had boyfriends like Dori and Bridget or a friendship that went all the way back to crib. Her grandmother makes a nice appearance. As a fan of the original Jessica Darling series, I am not the target demographic for this new middle-grade series.
Younger readers will find the stories amusing and relatable, and older fans of the original series will enjoy being re-introduced to Jessica's friends and frenemies in their pubescent form. I really liked the first It List book, but I can't say the same for this one. Parents need to know that Jessica Darling's It List is a movie based on the book for older kids and tweens by. Any middle school girl will be able to relate to everything Jessica faces. So much of middle school friendship is about location, as Jessica realizes. Very light and breezy to get through, and enjoyable throughout.
Honestly, I can't deny that fact. The premise is similar - Bethany, Jessica's beautiful, much-older sister, has yet another list that guarantees that Jessica will be able to navigate friendships in her middle school years. Your kids will love this fun film. Just finished watching this film with my girls. I especially related to her lame attempt to weasel her way into the popular clique with an ill fated sleepover shades of 5th grade summer! All the performances are great, but Chloe East is a natural! Hope then being her new best friend really, confides in Jess about her period coming and that being why she acted oddly at Jess's sleepover. Jessica tries to figure out the motives of her friends and because she doesn't understand her friends, she never gets their motives right.
These books don't have all that much of a plot--this one has even less than the simplistic Guide to Popularity, Prettiness, and Perfection--and it's really o Like the first It List, this book is a sweet piece of fluff--it's nowhere near the level of its origin series, but it's still funny and different enough to stand out from other similar stories. Honestly I am only continuing in this series due to my affinity for the Jessica Darling original series. Also, just the drama level of the romantic relationships in the seventh grade cracks me up. She also feels left out of Manda and Dara's dynamic duo, and is not as comfortable with boys as her friends are. I'm so excited that they'll be able to grow up with her. I love Jessica Darling, though I have not yet gotten the bravery to venture past book two in her original series.