Today in YA History: August 28, 2001 – ‘Sloppy Firsts’ published!

August 28, 2001: Megan McCafferty’s “Sloppy Firsts”, the first of the Jessica Darling Series, is published with Broadway Publishers (Three Rivers Press, paperback)!

From Megan’s site:

“When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?”

Not only was this the start of Jessica’s journey, this was also Ms. McCafferty’s debut novel.

From Olivia: I’m very excited to see an author ALSO celebrating their day in YA History! Please, if you have a moment, follow @MeganMcCafferty and #sloppyfirsts10th on Twitter.

Megan has announced winners for The Epic 10th Anniversary Giveaway of Rare and One-of-A-Kind Stuff in celebration! Readers have been writing emails, blogs, and creating videos to celebrate. And! And, and, and! Check out details for “Sloppy Firsts: The Movie”! There’s even a facebook contests that asks you to dream-cast Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie, that will let you see a preview trailer if your dream-cast wins or if you “like” the winner.

And if you pop over to this post on Great Reads, you’ll find a Sloppy Firsts giveaway (just “leave me a comment about your high school experience. Was it memorable? If you could go back & change something, what might you do differently? Any and all stories are welcome! If you’ve read Sloppy Firsts, please share some of YOUR favorite moments from the book as well.”)

What’s even more, Megan offered ten bloggers the chance to interview her to celebrate these ten years! Here are the links that I have found:

  • Jill of All Genres: “Jessica Darling, Ten Years Later”
  • Anna Reads: “Jessica Darling Love + Megan McCafferty Interview”
  • Slatebreakers: “Interview with Megan McCafferty!”
  • The Reading Zone: “I Love Jessica Darling and Megan McCafferty!”
  • “Behind the Book: Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty”
  • Stuck in YA Books: “10th Anniversary for Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty”
  • Book, Line, & Sinker: “Megan McCafferty and the Wonders of Pineville”
  • STILL MISSING 3 MORE INTERVIEWS! Do you know where they are? Drop a comment here with a link and it will be posted! Thanks!
      What a lovely, wonderful day for this treasured, now-classic YA novel. :) Get your copy at your local Independent bookstore!

  • 2 thoughts on “Today in YA History: August 28, 2001 – ‘Sloppy Firsts’ published!

      1. You are very welcome! I assume you’re behind “Jill of All Genres”? :) If so: good luck with your wrimo this year! I’m trying it again, like I always do. (This time gathering a group of local friends and acquaintances to try to hold ourselves accountable heh We’ll see how it goes!)

        And I’m glad you’ve had a chance to poke around my blog. I really enjoy running the Today in YA History feature, and love when people find it from links! Have fun!

        <3 Olivia

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