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Score the secrets to popularity, prettiness and perfection (maybe)...and win the newest Jessica Darling book!

On the first day of junior high, Jessica Darling learns five hard truths that change everything. Is she now doomed for dorkdom? We’ve got all the details on Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection—plus a free excerpt, an exclusive Q&A with the awesome author and your chance to score a signed copy. Read on to win!

The deal on Darling…
Through five novels spanning the awkward moments of high school, the exhilarating moments of college and the terrifying moments of beyond (like joining the grown-up world, eek!), we’ve become book besties with the dear Jessica Darling.

We meet our heroine as a hilarious (and highly relatable) teen dealing with sticky social sitches and boy drama galore. Through all the ups and downs, this must-read series sticks with Jessica as we learn from her trials and triumphs. Click here to get caught up on Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Uncharmed Thirds, Fourth Comings and Perfect Fifths.

And back to the beginning…
Now, author Megan McCafferty is going back to where it all began: middle school. In Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection, our girl gets a rude wake-up call when her BFF suddenly turns pretty—and Jessica’s still trying to figure out the secret to the whole pretty, popular and perfect thing. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cheer…and, most importantly, you’ll meet your new favorite character.

Five minutes with Megan McCafferty
Q: You can only describe Jessica Darling in five words. Go!
A: Funny, smart, genuine Jersey Girl.
Q: If Jessica could go back and do anything differently on her first day of junior high, what would it be?
A: She'd bring her lunch to avoid The Unbreakable Laws of Cafeteria Line Cutting.
Q: Will we really find the secret to popularity, prettiness and perfection in this book? Can you give us a hint (please!)?
A: Pssst...Jessica's discovers something **even better** than popularity, prettiness and perfection!
Q: If you were hosting a sleepover book club about It List #1, what awesome discussion question would you use to kick things off?
A: "What's the top tip on **your** IT list?"
Q: What tip would Jessica share with GL girls on the first days back to school?
A: Be yourself always...even if you're still trying to figure out who you are!

Read, write and win…
Three lit chicks will score a copy of Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection signed by author Megan McCafferty. Here’s how to enter…
  • Download this free book excerpt and read it to get inspired
  • Ask yourself: What hard truths have I learned about middle school (or high school)? We want you to share your hilarious, honest and helpful back-to-school lessons with other GL girls
  • Post your answer right in the comments below
  • We’ll tweet some of our favorite responses with #JessicaDarlingsItList on September 3, 2013 (the book release date!), plus announce the winner right here

Congrats to our winners! Please send an email to with your name and mailing address (US only, no PO box). Thanks!
- Girlslifegeek
- Crystal18843
- Darkscene 

by GL | 2/1/2016
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