Sloppy Firsts revolves around a 16-year-old teenager named Jessica Darling whose life takes a leap for the worst when her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away. Hope's family had decided to transplant their broken family after the death of Hope's older brother, Heath, from a drug overdose. Readers of this novel witness Jessica Darling obsessing over a senior boy who barely notices her, Jessica's father pushing her to her limits about winning track races, Jessica's mother obessing over the wedding plans of her older, "perfect" sister, Bethany, and Jessica falling for a mysterious druggie named Marcus Flutie. Will Jessica's problems be resolved?
Marcus is playful, naughty, and intelligent, yet hurtfully manipulative in some aspects. How will their lives play out?
Jessica also struggles over her lack of real friends in high school. Sure, she has a couple confidants here and there, but Hope's absense causes her to withdraw emotionally and physically from other friends. Will Jessica ever resolve this and accept that Hope is no longer there? Will Jessica learn to adapt to her new environment? Or will she take action against the fake friends she no longer values?
Sloppy Firsts, written in a journal format, is truly a good read and will keep the reader turning the pages.