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Estelle: Jessica Darling’s IT List 2 by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling’s IT List 2 by Megan McCafferty ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/16/2014 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 208 Target audience: middle grade/JD fans! Keywords: making friends, middle school, big sisters, family Format read: ARC from Elena at Novel Sounds. (Thanks!) Summary: Despite the “luck” she had with the last […]

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January 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] Jessica Darling’s IT List 2 was fantastically charming and funny; Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott was a nice look at a serious couple in high school struggling with all the challenges graduation brings. (This Cupid stuck in NJ series is just hilarious.) […]

September 17, 2014 - 11:57 pm

elena - you review made me re-affirm that i REALLY need to re-read the jessica darling series!! this sounds like a delightful middle grade and yay grandma relationships. sounds like the perfect amount of nostalgia!

September 17, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I recently brought the first book in this It List series home. I’m excited to read it. It looks soooo cute!

Estelle: Jessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Poppy / Little Brown Pages: 240 Target audience: Middle grade / Jessica Darling fans! Keywords: starting middle school, friendships, siblings Format read: ARC from Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit. Thanks!! Other books reviewed by MM: Bumped […]

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December 8, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Hi - I read the book and thought it was very good but can someone explain whar 3znuf 4eva is i have figured out that 3znuf is 3 is enough as in the three friend jessica briget and dori but still do not know what 4eva is

September 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

Jessica Darling's IT List 2 by Megan McCafferty - […] Add to Goodreads |  Buy on B&N | Review of IT LIST #1 […]

September 18, 2013 - 3:09 am

Alexa Y. - The fact that you referenced Anastasia Krupnik has me SOLD on reading this book. Seriously, I loved her — and because you loved her AND Jessica? I’m definitely going to be checking this book out, along with the rest of the Jessica Darling books.

September 14, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Ri - The thing I love most about JD is how relatable she is. Whether its her witty or sarcastic thoughts or her trying to fit into reality while maintaining her true self, we’ve all been there. This series is one of few I never get tired of reading over and over and it makes me laugh everytime.

September 13, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Jessica Darling made me fall in love with young adult characters as an adult. When the book first published, I was 24 reading a ton of chick-lit (books for “my age group” and books for Grad School, but once I read Sloppy Firsts, I wanted to read more books with characters like Jessica – young, fun, sarcastic, and REAL.

This is my favorite series EVER and I am so happy that Megan is giving readers a younger Jessica. I won a copy of this for my niece – I want this to be the book that makes her fall in love with reading, and I hope that I am lucky to win this one for me (if not, I’m getting a copy to read along with her asap).

Thanks for sharing your love of this book and the series and hosting this fantastic giveaway. Anyone who wins will be lucky to experience the awesomeness of Megan McCafferty and Jessica Darling.

September 13, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Vivian - I haven’t read any of this series’ books, but I’ve heard good things!

September 11, 2013 - 10:34 am

Jennifer Jensen - I haven’t read Jessica Darling novels before and only recently discovered them. Looking forward to reading them all! Thanks for the giveaway!!

September 11, 2013 - 1:48 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m TOTALLY going to pick this one up! My favourite Jessica was in the first two books, when she was silly and snarky — I found that she lost a bit of her snarkiness in the last couple of books. Plus, I like a good middle grade read now and then, so this one sounds just perfect!

September 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I thought that the Jessica Darling series overall got a bit weaker as the series continued and Jessica got older. So with that logic, a story about an earlier Jessica should be good…I think? lol This sounds super cute and like a lot of fun, in all honesty. I regret the fact that I never really had a MG literary heroine. If I did, though, I can imagine Jessica being a fantastic one.

September 10, 2013 - 7:47 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - To my everlasting shame, I’ve only read the first Jessica Darling book. I KNOW! And I loved it so I don’t know why I haven’t read the others. Oh wait, Marcus Flutie. I can’t with his redheaded dreads!!

September 10, 2013 - 12:14 am

Bookworm1858 - If one has not read the Darling books, should one start with this book or read the original books first? I think I read Sloppy Firsts years ago and didn’t really connect with it but I want to give them a go again as someone who is far more up on YA lit now.

September 9, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Theresa M. - I love that Jessica, while being our protagonist and someone you want to see succeed, is a complicated, authentic individual that makes her easy to relate to, and I think most readers can see themselves in her.

September 9, 2013 - 11:58 am

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I love love love Jessica Darling! Truth be told, I was a little disappointed that Megan McCafferty decided to do a prequel instead of another book that follows Perfect Fifths. Nonetheless, I cannot wait to explore and read about middle school Jessica! I’m glad she has kept her humor and spunk! Great review, Estelle! <3

September 9, 2013 - 11:50 am

Tammy - I got the free preview of this book on my kindle. It looks like a fun read.

Nailed It: Upcoming September Releases

Welcome back for another Nailed It! We love choosing some of our most anticipated books for the upcoming month and pairing nail polish colors with the covers. It’s like we’re getting to do a little shopping without actually shopping. (Most of the time. One too many times we may have splurged on some of the […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I SO want the Julep January & Avery nail polishes. Love those colors – and I’ve been on a pink polish kick lately!

September 18, 2013 - 2:55 am

Alexa Y. - I’m loving both palettes ladies! But I think my favorite would be the one for Jessica Darling because it’s just so bright and colorful and happy.

September 10, 2013 - 7:57 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - As always, you nail (har har) the colors. Perfect choices!

September 5, 2013 - 10:31 am

Cassie - LOVE these colors. ALL of them!!! <3

These continue to be some of my favorite posts 😀

September 3, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Alisa Selene - Love the color choices for fan girl!

September 3, 2013 - 10:51 am

Rachel - I’m actually painting my nails as I’m reading this! Haha. I love the Fangirl choices. I would totally wear Denver. And Avery. But I wear every shade of pink sooo that’s kind of a given. I know I say this every time, but I love these posts so much.

September 3, 2013 - 10:44 am

elena - LOVE these color! rainbow has the best covers and i love the mint/pink combo.

September 2, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Annie - The palette for Fangirl is just as pretty as the cover itself! I’m a huge fan of pastels and Denver & January really speak to me!

September 2, 2013 - 11:33 am

kimberlyfaye - I love both, but Fangirl is my favorite. That mint green is gorgeous. 🙂

September 2, 2013 - 9:39 am

Bookworm1858 - I love that you both chose 4 colors! I think I’d prefer the Jessica Darling color palette just because I tend to be more into bright colors especially since it still feels very much like summer here but as it cools down, the colors of Fangirl will also be appealing to me.

Magan: Top Ten Tuesday — Books I Read Pre-Blogging

So I kind of cheated for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I only chose nine books. This is so incredibly OCD of me, but when I was doing the layout, I did a grid that only had room for 9 books. I’m a bit neurotic and couldn’t force myself to squeeze in a tenth book. Oops? […]

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April 16, 2013 - 2:43 am

Lucy - Nice topic and layout 🙂 I’m also a fan of Love Story so I’m glad to see it on your list. And I’ve been meaning to read The Piper’s Son forever!

April 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve had The Glass Castle on my to-read list for over a year now, I am going to make more of an effort to read it now!

April 10, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Alexa Y. - Harry Potter always gets a spot when it comes to lists like this. Such a fantastic series!

But I was a big Something Borrowed/Something Blue fan as well. Chick lit was one of the genres I read to relax prior to blogging, though it’s fallen by the wayside a bit. I may need to remedy that.

April 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Cynthia - YESSSS for Melina Marchetta, Myra McEntire and Jennifer Echols. I love them!! I read the first and second book in the Jessica Darling series but haven’t gotten the others yet because I heard that they weren’t as good. =/

April 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Angelica @ Paperback Princess - I love your blog design.

I need to read Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, she’s one of my fave Authors.

My Top Ten

Have a great week!

April 9, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Lisa - I have Benedict Society on my shelf. I know. It’s been there for AGES but the fact that it is a rare MG read for you that you adored tells me that I need to keep it around and give it a whirl.

April 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I VERY rarely pick up memoirs, but there must be something special about The Glass Castle. To this day I’ll get customers asking for a copy at least a few times a week.

The Mysterious Benedict Society has been on my radar for years now. My youngest sister has a copy of the first novel so it must be good – she’s not much of a reader. It certainly sounds like a series I’d be into.

A few years ago I gave chick-lit a try and it failed miserably. Since then I’ve been hesitant but determined to give it another shot and I’ve come across a few good books. Jill Mansell is a name I’m familiar with, though I have yet to read any of her books. However, if they’re as good as you say, then I really need to track down some of her stuff!

April 9, 2013 - 8:13 pm

elena - I totally get what you mean about the nine pics thing! I hate that it doesn’t go together nicely so I leave one out or I smoosh two together. Also, you make me excited to read The Mysterious Benedict Society! esp since you don’t usually read middle grade and still loved it. 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Natalie @ Natflix&Books - I totally cheated and put both the entire Jessica Darling series and the entire Harry Potter series. Something Borrowed is definitely a favorite, but I reviewed that on my (ahem, 5th or 6th re-read).

April 9, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Annie - I read The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I immediately loved it! I bought the rest of the books too, and that’s the first time I’ve ever bought an entire series! Though the third one wasn’t great, the series overall is one of my favourites! Constance was so awesome!

April 9, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The fact that you chose Perfect Fifths as your favorite is why we’re friends… because it’s my favorite, too!

April 9, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I really want to read Hourglass! I love the covers from this series 🙂

Mel@thedailyprophecy

April 9, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love it! Choosing 9 instead of 10 due to layout is just the kind of thing I would do! Jill Mansel and Myra McEntire are both in my to read pile. The only one on your list that I’ve read so far is SOMETHING BORROWED though. Adding things to the must read list!

April 9, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I haven’t actually read any of the books in your grid…I need to rectify that very soon! (I have read Harry Potter though…and of course I loved it, haha!) I do have Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta on my tbr pile, and I’ll probably follow that up with The Piper’s Son. Fantastic list! 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alice in Readerland - I love The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I really want to read North of Beautiful! 🙂 My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/08/beforeblogging/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

April 9, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Kelley - Gosh, I haven’t read ANY of these! But The Glass Castle is intriguing. I’m a sucker for memoirs, so that one has definitely caught my eye. Great list! Now I have a bunch of new books to explore. 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - The ones I’ve read on this list I read AFTER starting my blog, but loved them all the same! And I agree with you about being in the minority on Love Story; I actually really liked this one and the ending!

April 9, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Tara - Oh my gosh, I read The Glass Castle too! What a heartbreaking story but so good at the same time. Speaking of which, I also read the A Child Called It books… talk about brutal :/

April 9, 2013 - 8:03 am

Anna - PERFECT FIFTHS! NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL. I always knew I liked you…

April 9, 2013 - 12:09 am

ashley - Oooh The Mysterious Benedict Society. Excellent choice! I adore that series. As for my favorites pre-blogging, my post should go up sometime soon. I hope!

April 9, 2013 - 12:08 am

Sarah O - I will always love you (and Estelle!) for loving North of Beautiful. I think this needs to become the book I start pushing on everyone from now on! Also I love your layout 🙂

April 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

There are so many awesome books coming out in the next couple of months. I wanted to take some time to spotlight some of the April 2012 Young Adult book releases that Estelle and I have on our TBR lists! If one (or both) of us has read it, I linked our reviews, too, so […]

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April 12, 2012 - 2:15 am

Summer - Thanks for the April list! You actually listed a couple that I hadn’t checked out yet to add to my (now ridiculously huge) April list!

Below is a short list that you should look into! (Also: If you’ve reviewed these in any previous posts then my apologies!)

Teen and YA April Books of Awesome:

Grave Mercy :: R.L. LaFevers
Storm (Elementals, Bk 1) :: Brigid Kemmerer
Magic Under Stone :: Jaclyn Dolamore
Unraveling :: Elizabeth Norris
Above :: Leah Bobet
The Calling :: Kelly Armstrong
Taken at Dusk :: C.C. Hunter
Masque of the Red Death :: Bethany Griffin
The Immortal Rules :: Julie Kagawa
The Book of Blood and Shadow :: Robin Wasserman
Black Heart :: Holly Black
The Last Echo :: Kimberly Derting
Social Suicide :: Gemma Halliday
Immortal City :: Scott Speer
Glimmer :: Phoebe Kitanidis

Seriously, for 2012 titles alone, it will take yeeears to get through all of the releases! Books are absolutely worth it and I’m thrilled that there are so many authors debuting! If only I could literally__only__read for hours and hours on end and be paid for it. Ha!

Anyway, my asinine babbling aside: Enjoy! 🙂

April 1, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Jasmine Rose - The Selection and Thumped are both high on my want list 😀

April 1, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Karen - Thanks for the reminder about Zero. I loved Party Down by Tom Leveen so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

April 1, 2012 - 2:11 pm

In My Mailbox Meme: Rather Be Reading Blog (Estelle) - […] April 2102 Book Releases Estelle:  The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith Magan: A Book Blogger Video Magan: The List by […]

March 31, 2012 - 5:57 pm

VeganYANerds - Ah! You guys have listed so many books that I want to read, how will I ever find the time? Lexapros and Cons looks fun and I just got a copy of Dying to Know You so I’ll have to read that soon, too.

March 31, 2012 - 8:43 am

Estelle - This list makes me really anxious. haha. And excited. Yes, I commented on our own blog.

Top Ten Books I Snagged at ALA!

Hi, friends! Magan here. It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted each week by the Broke and the Bookish. (Check out Jamie’s Top Ten Historical Fiction books here!) This week’s topic can be about anything we want. Since I just got back from ALA in Dallas yesterday, I wanted to share the top ten books […]

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February 3, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Magan - Thanks, Andrea! I tend to be a little obsessive compulsive. And also a few people had asked me to see the books, so the easiest way was to organize them (to fulfill my OCD need) and take pictures (because goodness gracious I was not about to type all those out!). Haha. Thanks for becoming a new follower. I’m off to go check out your blog now.

February 2, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I just found out about you guys from the feature on GReads, and I really like your blog! I love your photos, especially the ones you added here showcasing the books you got at ALA by their release date! Very cute and clever!

Andrea (New Follower)

January 29, 2012 - 11:50 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - Can’t wait to read a few of the same books and FREAK OUT ABOUT THE AWESOMENESS TOGETHER. I finished Pandemonium this morning & now I can’t decide what to read next!

Love your bookcases with the painted backs. I’ve got a row of (full) Billys myself… they’re great when you need space for a lot of books. You can just keep on buying more as needed (except I need another one & I have no idea where to put it!)…

January 25, 2012 - 9:50 am

Magan - Ange, there’s no way to carry them all at once! The parking garage was one floor below the convention center, so I periodically went downstairs to unload my bags. I brought a backpack (thank goodness!) and it turned out to be the best thing ever. So much easier to carry books like that than in the thin-strapped bags some publishers provided for free.

January 25, 2012 - 9:49 am

Magan - Ginger, I love, love, love that we got to meet. It was seriously one of the BIGGEST highlights of my weekend. I wish we had more time to sit, nerd out over books, and talk. I am so glad to know that you and I have such similar taste in books and that you got copies of some of the same ones I did. You’ll be my discussion buddy! 🙂

January 25, 2012 - 9:47 am

Magan - Thank you all so much for the sweet comments about the bookshelves. I’ll update you with a finished picture soon. Right now the books really are just thrown on the shelves. Hahah.

As for ALA, all I can say is sign up for a conference. Look into ALA (in California) in June 2012 or BEA (in New York) in June 2012. If you live in Texas, TLA will be in Houston this year. I forget which days. :-/ Thank you all so, so much for stopping by to comment! Can’t wait to share reviews of these books with you!

January 25, 2012 - 9:44 am

Magan - Anna, that is going to be my next book to start! I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! Thanks for being my ALA buddy this weekend. I’m so glad you went, too!

January 24, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Anna - Yaaaay for ALA Midwinter! I had such a good time. You got Pandemonium! It was touch and go there for a while, but Harper Collins pulled through. 🙂 As for your question…I think Dying to Know You is my favorite to have received.

January 24, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Megan - Love your new shelves, and all those new books on them look super-exciting! In Honor sounds *really* good.

January 24, 2012 - 4:01 pm

VeganYANerds - WOWSERS! You got so many books!! I really want to read In Honor and Pandemonium.

I hope you love Froi of the Exiles! And if you need a copy of Finnikin of the Rock and can’t find it, just let me know 😉

January 24, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Nikki - Awesome haul! I am very intrigued by Flirting in Italian. If it is half as good as Anna and the French Kiss then sign me up! And I am jealous of your bookshelves and your fantastic collection of books on them.

~Nikki (Imaginative Adventure)

January 24, 2012 - 11:13 am

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - Wow! What a haul.

Catastrophic looks fantastic, and I am so excited about Flirting in Italian, too!

Your bookshelves look fabulous. Congrats.

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

January 24, 2012 - 11:12 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Okay I have officially read your post in detail and it sounds like you had a BLAST. And I am beyond uber jealous. And In Honor is SO SO SO SO GOOD.

And your shelves are SO SO SO SO PRETTY. I might need to look into these billy shelves even there’s none around me. Although my boyfriend did say I’d never buy another bookshelf again because he’d make them so….

When you’re less tired you should totally take a picture of the all the shelf with the books from a distance so I can admire the finished pretty.

Books I would snatch off the shelves if i could – Flirting in Italian, duh, and A World Away. AMISH PEOPLE YEAH.

January 24, 2012 - 10:09 am

Megan @ Between the Lines - Amazing post! I loved the bookshelf too. So jealous.

And I SO want to read Flirting in Italian. It looks great. =)

Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten!

January 24, 2012 - 9:16 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I cannot even explain how much AWE I am feeling at seeing all the books that you managed to snag. SO. MANY. TITLES. I am loving your stash! 😉 There are a lot of titles that I want to read on your pile, especially Flirting in Italian and The Disenchantments.

I’m so glad you had fun at ALA and cannot wait to hear all about it! And, as I’ve mentioned already, I LOVE your shelves. They look absolutely amazing! 😀

January 24, 2012 - 8:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - YOU, Magan, are definitely one of my most favorite things about the craziness of ALA weekend 🙂 I had so so so much fun hanging out with you & getting to know you better. Walking around the exhibit hall, scoping out books together, talking about lord know’s what!, was such a treat for me 🙂

I am IN LOVE with your shelves! I may need to invest in something similar at my new place. The one book shelf I have now is over flowing. And your comment about pandemonium at Harper.. SO TRUE! I still can’t believe that happened.

January 24, 2012 - 6:27 am

Mandy R - What a great haul from ALA!

I love your new shelves. Painting the back is a fun idea. I am so jealous of them!

Happy reading!

January 24, 2012 - 5:04 am

Lori - Oh wow! Really…wow! Looks like you had an amazing time and Pandemonium is….amazing. Really, really incredible. I also really loved The Disenchantments! Enjoy all those new books.
My Top Ten Tuesday!

January 24, 2012 - 4:54 am

Ange - Wow…quite a haul! How in the world do u even carry that many books around at a conference? Cannot wait for Pandemonium!

January 24, 2012 - 3:21 am

Ashley - OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO JEALOUS. Of everything! I want to read pretty much every single one of those books on your list (most notably In Honor, The List, and Flirting in Italian), and your entire haul is fabulous!

Also, I love your bookshelves! The color is fantastic.

New follower!
My Top Ten Tuesday

January 24, 2012 - 1:51 am

Kristina - Wow you are one lucky girl. I one day am hoping to attend one of these things, I was thinking about going to ALA in the summer but I just don’t think it is going to work out. Good luck reading all of those, you have a lot!

http://kristina-worldofbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/top-10-tuesdays-8.html

January 24, 2012 - 12:47 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Magan, I want to DIE. Flirting in Italian is a book I have been DYING for! It’s coming out while I’m in Italy!!!! NOOOOOOOO! Because now I can’t have it for the trip, which makes me cry inside because I love themed reads that mesh with my vacations. And you got Pandemonium!?!?! And Love and Leftovers! And The Disenchantments!!! And The Story of Us!!! And I am DYING for Pizza, Love, etc…!!!!! Wow. What an amazing time you had! I love that you went. 🙂 And your shelves are gorgeous! Ikea, right? I have two of them myself. 🙂 They are amazing, but take forever to set up!

January 24, 2012 - 12:30 am

Brittani - Thanks for stopping by my top ten Magan! Wow!! You got like literally a ton of books!!! Lol. OOHH! The Catastrophic History of You & Me! I cant wait to read that! I actually won an ARC of it and I’m just waiting for it to come in. You snagged a lot great books! 🙂