I was late to the Jessica Darling saga and was able to read Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings within days of one another last fall. These were wonderful books and really cemented a relationship between myself and young adult fiction. It takes a talented author to make me believe that two high school lovers will make it beyond young adulthood into the forever after realm. What you did with Charmed Thirds makes the first two books in the series a travesty.

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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Jessica Darling's in college! Things are looking up for Jessica Darling. 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 uberhip staff and will she even want to? Spanish grad student she's assisting on a summer project.

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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 24th by Broadway Books first published April 11th More Details Original Title. Jessica Darling 3.

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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Charmed Thirds Jessica Darling, 3. This book disappointed me. I had a hard time sympathizing with Jessica this time. Maybe now that she's in college, among her intellectual peers, complaints about how she's surrounded by morons just don't ring true. Not that we saw much of her in class, or in college. All four years were crammed into this one book. I was looking forward to Jessica's wry observations about her fellow students and classes at Columbia University.

How would it feel to no longer be the smartest person around, but be c This book disappointed me. How would it feel to no longer be the smartest person around, but be challenged by the intellect of your classmates?

We'll never know, because all that was glossed over in favor of summers and internships. Did Megan McCafferty not like college, and just want to get her character Jessica Darling through it as fast as possible?

View all 3 comments. This is the strongest of the 3 books in the series I've read so far. Jessica sees friends come and go, struggles with holding on to high school friends and relationships, watches her parents move on to a new stage of life, and deal with the crushing pressure of being a broke college student with no idea what she's doing with her life. I've said it before, this series is a product of This is the strongest of the 3 books in the series I've read so far.

I've said it before, this series is a product of its time. It was written and set over 10 years ago. The many pop culture references are dated, and the characters are extremely non P. Despite this, there is a diverse cast. I think you have to read this book with a certain understanding that it might offend because Jessica is quite judgmental of her peers, but readers who are in their late 20s to early 30s will really connect to the nostalgia.

View 2 comments. Rating: 4. Whether it be after Sloppy Firsts when that heart-breaking cliffhanger just makes you want to rip your hair out.

Or after Second Helpings after Jessica and Marcus finally, finally, finally get together. Or after Charmed Thirds when you are simply unable to digest the sheer magnitude, truth, and scope of one book, four years, and so many journeys. Quite hon Rating: 4. Quite honestly, I picked up Charmed Thirds more skeptic than excited. After two such poignant Jessica Darling books, I wasn't quite sure if the college years would live up to be just as powerful as the high school years had proven to be, especially as I have yet to experience college for myself.

With Jessica Darling, so much of the punch is in the nostalgia, in the experiences long forgotten but still so pivotal and important to growth. Surprisingly, though, Jessica's thoughts in Charmed Thirds continue to mirror my own, even where her experiences are so different from mine.

It seems almost strange now that I ever imagined that Jessica and I would be unable to relate to one another just because she went off to college while I'm still slaving my way through high school. Of all the Jessica Darling books, Charmed Thirds is easily the most messy of the lot.

Not only is its format slightly different in that Jessica journals only rarely, skipping months altogether, but also in that this novel expanses an entire four years of Jessica's own life. In parts, it almost feels a little jarring to see Jessica remain the same from one month to a month five months down the road and yet, her growth is forever. Where the previous two Jessica Darling books chronicled every single slight detail about high school, from the people to the teachers to the homework assignments, Charmed Thirds has little to do in way of teachers and students.

Instead, it is a deeper, more introspective look at Jessica's own college experience - her struggles to find a job, her stress at discovering her major isn't what she thought it would be, her ever-changing relationship with the elusive Marcus Flutie, and most of all, the crazy experiences she undertakes in trying to find herself.

And while I may not agree with everything Jessica chose to do and know for a fact that I will NOT be making many of the mistakes she made , these years are a true testament to just how difficult it is to find who you are and what you want from life. Jessica remains to be as witty and intelligent as ever, her insights both monumental and increasingly silly when it comes to the opposite sex.

And, best of all, one of my favorite themes is still present in this series - that of impact. Just the fact that Marcus and Hope remain so important to Jessica while simultaneously being the people most apart from her continues to be such a realistic theme in this series. While Jessica and Marcus' relationship has its ups-and-downs, so does the one between Jessica and Hope.

And yet, while Jessica is out feeling guilty, passionate, regretful, and everything-but-happy, the other people in Jessica's life provide us with immense insight into the college experiences of other people. Whether it be Bridget, whose relationship is a model of perfection, or Hope, who manages to achieve so much from her college years, or even Marcus, who finally finds who he is after years of misbehavior, not everyone's experience is like Jessica's. And yet, hers is by far the most realistic, messy, and poignant by the end.

Perhaps best of all, though, is the mere fact that Jessica comes to learn more about her parents, her sister, her niece, her boyfriend, her school friends Where before they faded into the background of Jessica's story as her journal entries were filled with increasingly anxious remarks about Marcus or high school or college, now her journals become an insight into the people who have made her, molded her, and continue to do so.

What I love best about Jessica is that she thinks she has everything figured out, but she truly doesn't. By the end of Second Helpings, Jessica seems to be a self-confident individual, ready to tackle on everything the world has to offer, but she could not be further from the truth. With college comes an exposure to entirely different people and the shocking truth that contrary to popular belief, Jessica does not know what she's doing with her life. And that is okay.

Easily the best part about these novels is the plain truth that it is perfectly normal to not know where you want to go in life. And while we all know this, Jessica included, coming to really know it is an entirely different journey altogether.

Charmed Thirds is a collection of stories. While it is predominantly Jessica's story herself, it encompasses so much more, tackling on the world in entirely new and insightful ways. Although my review itself is conspicuously romance-free, Jessica's love story continues to be as messy and delightful as it always was, not to mention shockingly realistic.

You will cry. You will scream. You will often find yourself telling Jessica, "NO! And yet, you will love it. Just trust me on this one, okay?


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REVIEW: Charmed Thirds by Megan Mccafferty

Surprisingly mature and witty novel that should snag more than a few adult readers who well remember their college years. When last we left the always-journaling and too-smart-for-her-own-good Jessica Second Helpings , , etc. This is firstly reflected in the fact that her journals, which previously reported on most every development in her minutely observed life, now focus on the breaks and summers that punctuate her three years at Columbia. While Jessica is struggling to make new friends and keep in touch with old ones, Marcus is attending a Buddhist college on the West Coast, making him even more aloof and hard-to-read.

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