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Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2)

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Critics and readers alike fell in love with Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty's first novel and the debut of the saucy, irreverent Jessica Darling. Well, Jessica is a senior now at Pineville High and the mysterious and oh-so-compelling Marcus Flutie continues to distract her, her best friend Hope still lives in another state, and her group of so-called friends continues to o ...more
Hardcover, 349 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Janina
Reasons I enjoyed Second Helpings more than Sloppy Firsts:

Reading it in English. Really, the humour – and especially the play on words – just doesn’t translate too well. I had much more fun reading the original. Jessica’s voice felt more authentic.

It had more Marcus Flutie. Enough said.

I loved that Jessica started to make friends with someone she only felt mild annoyance for in book one. Her relationship with Bridget grew and she acknowledged that while it wasn’t the same as with Hope, it was s
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Jessica
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

This was fun fun fun! I had trouble deciding on a rating, though.
I kept changing it from 4 stars to 5 stars to 4 stars to 5 stars and now, finally, I settled on a 4 stars rating which is actually more like a 4.5 stars rating ;-)

To my surprise, I liked Second Helpings better than Sloppy Firsts. It was funnier somehow and there were more swoon worthy moments. Boy, am I crushing hard on Marcus Flutie! ♥

When I checked the reviews for this book (and the Jessica Darling series in gene
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Keertana
I have to admit it: Sloppy Firsts was better. Yet, that doesn’t mean that Second Helpings wasn’t a brilliant follow-up novel, because it was! Jessica Darling is back and this time, she’s about to start her senior year of high school. Hope, her best friend, is still miles away from her, her mother still wants her to find a boyfriend, her sister is now expecting a baby, her relationship with her father continues to get worse, and to make matters worse, it’s time to apply for college. If that w ...more
Heidi
4.5 Stars.

Originally reviewed here.

If I’m ever found dead and all signs point to the cause being extreme anxiety, and everyone keeps saying “I don’t know what happened, she was always so laid back”, you insist on searching all end tables and my Kindle to find out what I was reading when I keeled over. Chances are, it was a Jessica Darling book.

Second Helpings may not have left me on the verge of a panic attack in its ending like Sloppy Firsts managed too, but there was enough angst leading up to
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Jacob Proffitt
This was as good as the first book in all the right ways. I enjoyed Jessica's voice and her frank and often witty observations. I liked even better her growing maturity without having to regress from the progress in the first book. Marcus' development was as engaging, even if most of it was off-screen. And I particularly liked that Megan McCafferty took some interesting turns and difficult decisions in the course of the book that denied easy answers or simple options.

It wasn't perfect. The indec
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Freckles
Tak. Teď hlavně doufám, že je fakt sobota a já nemusím za hodinu vstávat. Ehm.

Je tak trochu výstižné, že jsem zůstala vzhůru celou noc a četla knihu o dívce, která je mi kromě jiného podobná i svými problémy se spaním. Rozhodně je lepší celou noc číst než pár hodin zírat do stropu. A koneckonců, jak řekla Marylin Monroe, “Who said nights were for sleep?” I když upřímně pochybuju, že to ta ubohá žena myslela zrovna takhle.

Jessica je úžasná hrdinka. Číst z její perspektivy je zábavné, a přece se
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Tatiana
As much as I loved "Sloppy Firsts," as much as I admired Jessica Darling and identified with her in that book, I just couldn't bring myself to give this sequel more than 2 stars, simply because I didn't like how this story unfolded.

For one, I thought Jessica digressed in this installment. I no longer found her funny and spazzy, I found her immature, whiny, and, for all her school smarts, dumb. I didn't like her relationship with Len, I thoroughly hated her sudden obsession with losing her virgin
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Jen
So this book is obviously the best of the series. No, I haven't read them all yet... but it's just obvious. If it was 1998 and the Jessica Darling series was N*SYNC, Second Helpings would be Justin Timberlake, in all his curly-haired, bleach blond glory. I really can't put my love for this book into words. I felt like my heart was exploding when it ended, in both a good and a not-so-good way.

Jessica is obviously growing up. That was one of the main factors the allure of this series. Most books-
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Nicole
Ok, I haven't wanted to stop reading to write a review for a while, but I feel these books deserve my attention.
My lord, do I love Jessica Darling! This girl has such a fresh and entertaining voice, I'm amazed at Megan McCafferty's writing skills! I know the concept of this series is nothing new, (girl writes in journal a la Bridget Jones)...but I couldn't put it down. Jess's take on life is so refreshing and funny, here's a couple of quotes that had me giggling:
On her sister's extravagant life
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Mindy
I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one. I felt Jessica, the MC, was less annoying and whiny in this one. Some reviews seemed to think just the opposite, but I'm so glad I continued with the series. There were still some moments that made me want to smack Jessica up side the head though. All in all a fun series and I look forward to finding book 3 at my favorite used bookstore.
Kelly Costa
I loved the book so much more than the first one. Marcus is so sexy!!! I want him badly. Damn fictional characters why can't they be real and why can't this be my life.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I will do my best to refrain my flailing and fangirling in this review, but it's going to be really difficult, because this series gives me so many feels. SO. MANY. FEELS. Seriously, if you like contemporaries at all and are not easily offended, then you really need to read the Jessica Darling series posthaste. Second Helpings follows Jessica through her senior year of high school, and had me even more on the edge of my seat than the first one.

As I mentioned in my review for Sloppy Firsts, I lov
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Lexi
I read Second Helpings because I wanted an easy read. Although I was really surprised to find that the main character and I shared a sense of humor with a lot of similar feelings thus making this book not only easy but enjoyable.

I liked the book most for its style. Jessica, the narrator who tells the story in first person, is smart, witty, and has a talent for writing. We see her true thoughts and feelings as the story is told through the pages of her journal. Even from the very beginning it is
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Filipa
I was so very convinced that the second instalment of Jessica Darling series couldn't possible be better than the first. I seem to continuously underestimated these books. Yes, because this book to me was...
Perfect.
Way better than the first because now that I know Jessica and her world I am hopelessly compelled to it all. I really wasn't expecting things to turn out as they did and so the surprise was so much sweeter than I could ever hope for.
This book has touched so many things inside of me
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Crystal
The first book left me wanting more, but this one left me going "huh". I think what I liked about Jessica was lost in this one. She turned into a boy crazy, sex starved, mouthy girl. The whole Len situation ticked me off too. I applauded her for not giving in to Scotty, but then she turned around and dated Len for all the wrong reasons. I just didn't get why she went in that direction. Throughout most of the book I was bored until Marcus walked in. Don't get me wrong he annoyed the poo out of me ...more
Brittany
Apr 14, 2009 Brittany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens to Young Adults
Recommended to Brittany by: Anna M
How I Came To Read This Book: My friend Anna insisted I read it.

The Plot: After a rather explosive time in Jessica's life - including the burning of her precious journals - everyone's favourite darling is back and ready to tackle senior year with more biting, raw commentary on the happenings at Pineville. The problems are just as realistic and dramatic - for a teenager - as ever in Jessica's life, ranging from boyfriends to sex to friends to family to expectations for college.

The Good or Bad: Th
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Natalie

I have to admit that I loved Sloppy Firsts more. It was just so perfect that there really is no comparison, although this is a close second. In my dream world, I would condense them into one book, with the swoon-worthy Marcus Flutie scenes from both books remaining intact. I would also keep my favorite moments from each of them, including but not limited to all scenes with Bridget and Pepe, Jessica's musings on life and the Clueless Crew (now Two), Havisham, cock-a-doodle-doooooooo, 'ten inches
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Liz*
Why should you read Second Helpings?

Reason #1 - Marcus Flutie (Sha-ZAAAM!)

Reason # 2 - Jessica's cluelessness

And as soon as I said fuck, I felt bad for saying it. I didn’t feel like I should curse in a home for the elderly—you know, with so many of them ready to pass on and all. It’s about as close to church as I get.

Reason #3 - Crocodile Lies (Awww, please be real)

Reason #4 - Mrs McCafferty's writing. If you liked in the first book, this goes even deeper. AND there're Listings, a Quiz, the "Wh
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Lauren Fidler
i am mentally prepping myself for summer books by starting off with this series.

i enjoyed "second helpings" - even if the cutesy, mildly double-entendred titles aren't really doin' it for me.

the perks:

1. same ole jessica d., same ole marcus flutie (my soft spot for brilliant redheaded male poets in literature is legendary), same ole clueless crew, same ole letters to hope marking the end of each month, all good as far as i'm concerned
2. more emotional-based storylines, less stupidly overhyped d
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Michelle
After learning of Marcus' betrayal and vowing to never speak his name again, Jessica prepares for her senior year by getting the heck out of dodge...er...Pineville by enrolling in a teenage writers camp called SPECIAL. SPECIAL doesn't really turn out to be the escape Jessica hopes. As if lusting after her writing mentor weren't enough, Jessica is now stuck for the next six weeks dealing with a bunch of hormone-crazed or suicidal teens she has nothing in common with. That is until she accidentall ...more
Janean
Jessica, Jessica, Jessica. You are wearing on me a bit. My sentiments about your "horrible" life were only compounded after this book. And I'm starting to think you are a bit of a hypocrite, in light of your conversation with Paul. And really, it took you a whole year to figure out Marcus, Taryn, Bridget and Pepe...aren't you the salutatorian?
Why do I feel like I'm reading an better version of Twilight?
Yet, I stand by my 3 stars. It took me about 3 days to finish this book, and that's got to co
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Andi
"Second Helpings" was a great book. It was about a teenage girl, Jessica, and her life as a senior at Pineville High. Jessica's senior year hasn't had the best start. Not only does Jessica's best friend Hope still live in another state, she and Marcus are not talking. Jessica also hasn't decided which college she wants to go to. Her sister Bethany's pregnancy is also causing a bit of stress in the Darling family. It seems like the only person Jessica can count on is her grandmother, Gladdie. In ...more
Triss
Puh-leez, I need more of Jessica's ramblings. Me. Yes. Me.
Zemira Warner
Second Helpings start of with the complicated relationship of Jessica and Marcus.They are now in their senior year of high school and are worrying about college.They are not together because Jessica feels she can't trust Marcus since he 's known as a heartbreaker so she pretty much tries to ignore him the whole time. And it's not really working.

Marcus has changed so much in the second book. Even though it was obvious he fell in love with Jess, she had her doubts. Just like everyone else, we all
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Emma
How can you not love reading the hidden thoughts of another person? I must be extremely nosy because the thought of reading someone else’s journal just makes me excited beyond words. I guess what makes this so appealing is just the chance that perhaps there is someone else out there who can relate to you. At times Jessica Darling is that person for me. I understand her difficulty finding her place and I can remember so well her college dilemma. I first read this novel when I was a tad younger th ...more
Magan (Rather Be Reading)
I'm writing this review of Second Helpings before I have even written my review for Sloppy Firsts. They're just so. darn. good. that I had to write up the review while it was absolutely fresh on my mind. (No worries, all my thoughts are noted for Sloppy Firsts... review to come as soon as I'm done with this one).

First and foremost, I continuously felt that I NEEDED MORE MARCUS FLUTIE in my life. I just didn't feel there was enough of him in this book. Sure, I get it - we probably won't see thing
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Leslie
I think I was right to have decided to reread Sloppy Firsts before I read this one because I read the latter last summer and I, for one, stand among the many other people who easily forget the details in a book and just end up remembering the basic outline of the whole plot. I think it can be better appreciated with Sloppy Firsts just fresh in mind.

I seemed to have liked this one a bit better than Sloppy Firsts because although it continued to depict the shallowness and drama of high school life
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Heather
Reading this book was much like riding a roller coaster. It took a while for my head to catch up to my emotions, but all in all, I enjoyed the ride. When I first began reading “Second Helpings” I felt minor disappointment that it didn’t begin where “Sloppy Firsts” left off. However, the disappointment was short lived as relief washed over me. I had been afraid that the astute, neurotic and witty voice of Jessica Darling was just a fluke, but by page 15, I knew that Jessica was the real deal, my ...more
Isamlq
3.5/5

I’ll be the first to admit that Jessica Darling’s whining was getting to me.
And I’ll also be the first to admit that I didn’t think I was going to like Second Helpings. I mean, really, there’s very little new here. Mostly, she’s still in dire need of perspective and she’s also not the only one to point said fact out. Worse? She’s become even less darling (pun, definitely intended) from how she was in the first! How so? Well, what was with the sudden sex obsession? What happened to all the
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Steph Su
The year 2000 ended on a mixed note for Jessica. She got her period back and renewed her long-distance friendship with best friend Hope, sure, but she lost her close friendship with Marcus Flutie, the boy who broke her heart. Picking up in the summer before her senior year, Jessica attends a summer writing program with stereotypically goth/emo writers and decides to attend Columbia University. However, her parents won't let her go anywhere near the Big Apple, and September 11 also affects her de ...more
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