Megan McCafferty has written professional about adolescents for two decades. She is currently working on a series of middle-grade prequels to the bestselling Jessica Darling novels. Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection is available now. The second book in the series was published in fall 2014.
The original Jessica Darling novel, Sloppy Firsts (2001), was ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, an ALA Popular Paperback, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Its sequel, Second Helpings (2003) was also selected to the NYPL list, and was a Booklist Editor’s Pick for one of the best novels of 2003. Charmed Thirds (2006) was an instant New York Times bestseller and a NYPL pick. Fourth Comings (2007) and Perfect Fifths (2009) also made the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Booksense, Barnes and Noble, Borders and other national bestseller lists.
Bumped and Thumped were published in 2011-12 and described in Publisher’s Weekly as “sharply funny and provocative…set in a world where only teens are able to have babies, and are contracted by adults to carry them to term.”
Megan edited a short story anthology called SIXTEEN: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday (2004). Her work has been translated into eleven languages, including German, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and Hungarian.
Megan recently pioneered the Ask! Authors! Anything! monthly Q&A web series. With Google Hangouts, viewers can ask spotlighted authors questions via the Ask! Authors! Anything! Tumblr page or Twitter (@meganmcafferty). Fans can also submit questions in advance of the episodes. The highlights of each episode are featured on Amy Poehler’s website Smart Girls at the Party.
Megan lives with her husband and son in Princeton, New Jersey where she volunteers for HiTOPS adolescent health services and education center and is also a Princeton University Community Fellow for Mathey College. Her next book, The Mall, set entirely in a New Jersey mall during the summer of 1991, will be published by Wednesday Books in 2020.
TRUE TO YOUR SELFIE (SCHOLASTIC, 2020)
“Mean Girls goes to a New Jersey middle school in the social media age.Life is perfect as Ella Jane Plaza enters seventh grade. She and her best friend, Morgan Middleton, are the local internet sensation #Morgan&Ella. With more than 10,000 followers on all the best "socials," the duo are on their way to "global multiplatform domination." Maintaining her image as the ukulele-playing "Goofball Goddess" sidekick to Morgan's "Girlboss Goddess Next Door" isn't easy, but as long as Ella does exactly as privileged, spoiled Morgan says, everything is harmonious. When Ella, who's never been particularly good at anything except being epically unorganized, discovers she has a natural aptitude for fencing, she has to hide it from Morgan. Such a "terminally uncute" sport is bad for their brand and will make #Morgan&Ella (but mostly Morgan) look bad. Eventually, Ella, who narrates with sincerity and uncertainty, must decide whether or not to continue being untrue to herself in order to maintain her popularity. Ella knows Morgan is manipulative and cruel (particularly to Ella's nerdy former best friend) but rationalizes Morgan's unkind words and actions as acts of charity and wisdom. Notably, Morgan's meanness isn't explained away as a result of neglectful high-power parents. Olive-skinned Ella is of Mediterranean descent, and Morgan is white; their community is also largely white.A quick, entertaining read for fans of frenemy fiction.”
THE MALL (WEDNESDAY BOOKS, 2020)
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PRAISE FOR JESSICA DARLING'S IT LIST 3
"This latest installment in the perils of Pineville Junior High can be described in just the same way as describing its title character: hilarious, sweet, and smart. This is a fun but not fluffy book; instead it provides some insightful truths about the heartbreaks of growing up, while maintaining a wicked sense of humor." -- VOYA
PRAISE FOR JESSICA DARLING'S IT LIST 2
"McCafferty knows her way around this age group; her depictions are pitch-perfect and will loudly resonate with girls facing their own friends and foes.” – Kirkus
“Razor-sharp writing, witty dialogue, and the genuineness of Jessica’s struggles make this a sure bet for tween readers.” – Booklist
PRAISE FOR JESSICA DARLING'S IT LIST
“Readers meeting Jessica for the first time will be charmed by this authentic and funny girl who makes well-tread territory feel as new as a pair of first-day-of-school sneakers.” – Publishers Weekly
Interview with Entertainment Weekly, June 19, 2013
PRAISE FOR BUMPED
“Dystopias don’t have to be dreary to be provocative… [BUMPED is] uncomfortable, scandalous, and not easily forgotten—there’s little doubt that’s exactly what McCafferty is going for.” – Publishers Weekly
“In this well-realized dystopia, a virus has rendered nearly everyone in the world unable to have children after age 18… She leaves readers with an ambiguous ending, sure to keep them thinking.” – Kirkus
PRAISE FOR PERFECT FIFTHS
"McCafferty writes strong characters with rich, believable inner lives." – Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR CHARMED THIRDS
“The snappy writing, au courant wordplay (e.g., Jessica affectionately dubs indie-rock boys ‘bright-eyed, death-cab cuties’) and easy-to-relate-to plot turns will keep eager teens—and teens at heart—turning the pages.” – Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR SECOND HELPINGS
“Hilarious, candid… Jessica is a captivating, intelligent, acidly funny—but always believably adolescent—narrator who is unsparing in her sketches of Pineville High ‘society’ yet touchingly alive to her own vulnerabilities.” – Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR SLOPPY FIRSTS
“A hilarious trip down memory lane. You’ll laugh out loud—and cringe—as this first novel by McCaffery takes you back to the soap opera that was high school.” – Glamour