Review: Charmed Thirds (Jessica Darling #3) by Megan McCafferty
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling #3
Publisher: Three Rivers Press, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Publication Date: April 11, 2006
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, New Adult/Contemporary
Jessica Darling’s in college!
Things are looking up for Jessica Darling. She has finally left her New Jersey hometown/hellhole for Columbia University in New York City; she’s more into her boyfriend, Marcus Flutie, than ever (so what if he’s at a Buddhist college in California?); and she’s making new friends who just might qualify as stand-ins for her beloved best friend, Hope.
But Jessica soon realizes that her bliss might not last. She lands an internship at a snarky Brooklyn-based magazine, but will she fit in with the überhip staff (and will she even want to)? As she and Marcus hit the rocks, will she end up falling for her GOPunk, neoconservative RA . . . or the hot (and married!) Spanish grad student she’s assisting on a summer project . . . or the oh-so-sensitive emo boy down the hall? Will she even make it through college now that her parents have cut her off financially? And what do the cryptic one-word postcards from Marcus really mean?
With hilarious insight, the hyperobservant Jessica Darling struggles through her college years—and the summers in between—while maintaining her usual mix of wit, cynicism, and candor. (Photo and synopsis from Goodreads)
*Warning: This is the third book in a series. While I really don’t like spoilers, you might find some slight spoilers for the first two books in this review.*
I read Charmed Thirds as a part of my self-imposed YA Contemporary Reading Binge last month, and I’m only just now getting around to writing a review, simply because my other reviews were a bit more time-sensitive. But better late than never!
And I really did enjoy Charmed Thirds, although not nearly as much as I LOVED Second Helpings. I like how Jessica is now in college, and we get to see how she copes with being away from family, away from Marcus, and away from her comfort zone. It really made me miss college. I’m the kind of person that LOVED college. I miss it all the time. And when I was in school, around the middle of July I’d start itching for homework. Yeah, I’m a dork, but this isn’t news.
I also loved how Marcus made haikus out of his spam email. Genius! And of course, as always, I love Jessica’s sarcastic humor. I also love how Jessica has matured in many ways in this book, compared to the previous two books. For instance, her perspective on certain people, mainly her mother and sister, grows and she begins to see them as the actual people they are, rather than just thorns in her side. McCafferty also gets major bonus points for referencing my absolute favorite Pearl Jam song, “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town”.
Now, let me just start off by saying this: I didn’t love this book as much as Second Helpings, obviously. I fangirled all over that review. So I did have some issues with Charmed Thirds. But the issues I did have weren’t deal breakers for me. I can see why the characters did what they did, even if I didn’t like it. So I can see why the plot would move in a certain direction, why characters would make a certain decision, etc. For instance, Jessica was pretty annoying in this book, and she really didn’t annoy me in the other two books at all. But I recognized what she was doing that was annoying and I actually got pretty deep and analytical in my notes. I won’t go into detail, because it’s pretty spoilery, but I’ll just say that even though Jessica annoyed me, I totally understood why she did the things she did. Okay, enough with the vagueness…
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Charmed Thirds:
My review of Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1) by Megan McCafferty
My review of Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2) by Megan McCafferty