Parents' Guide to

Second Helpings

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Readers will devour fun, surprisingly rich sequel.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Very Relateable

As a senior in high school, it seems like I know just what Jessica Darling is going through. Her self esteem, love, and friend issues are bigger than just the book. They happen in real life and I, as well as many high school kids, can relate to Jessica's struggles.
age 12+

this book is awesome!!!!!!!

this book is an awesome book... it basically tells life as it is... theres nothing irrelevant in this book that a teen shouldnt know... it is pretty much a part of life that almost every girl goes through... and boys as well... i recommend this book to anybody that is mature enough to understand what life is all about in the real world... in the eyes of a girl...

Is It Any Good?

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Readers who didn't catch Jessica Darling in her debut (Sloppy Firsts) may have trouble catching up here, but they still will find this book a fast, fun read. It also imparts an important message about listening "to your inner voice when it speaks up." It's easy to relate to funny, smart Jessica, whose list and emails to her best friend pack personality into her senior year confessional. Readers may not believe her '80s fascination, but they will enjoy her self-deprecation, and her smart insights about high school life and growing up. Other characters, while often stereotypical (the jerky jock, the shallow popular girls), add humor and prove what "an outsider among the insiders" she truly is.

The plotting is straightforward, and careful readers should be able to guess what happen to star-crossed Jessica and Marcus, where she will go to school -- and even who is writing the snarky gossip column. But readers will still enjoy cheering her on along the way.

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