- Title: Charmed Thirds
- Author: Megan McCafferty
- ISBN: 9781400080427
- Page: 443
- Format: Hardcover
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 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, HJessica 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 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 uberhip 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.
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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 is the strongest of the 3 books in the series I've read so far. It covers the entire 4 years of Jessica's college life and this is the REALEST depiction of college I've ever read. 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 [...]
Rating: 4.5 StarsWhen you finish a Jessica Darling novel, there is only one thing to say: "OMIGAWD" (Or, you know, quote oh my gawd! unquote).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 [...]
I normally don’t write reviews but I just felt that I had to explain my huge disappointment with this book.First, I have to say that I LOVED Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. Perhaps that’s partly why I found the third installment in the series so disappointing. But there is more to it, I assure you! Indeed, when I began reading Charmed Thirds I had huge expectations but I as went through the first 50 pages I resigned myself to the fact that this wouldn’t be a 5-star book for me. But I wa [...]
I waited like 3 years to finish this book and I'm honestly glad I did. So relateable for early twenty-somethings.
Dear Jessica,You know what your problem is? You are ungrateful and selfish. You mock people, they way they live, and the decisions they maked then you hypocritically do. the. same. things. For instance, how many times did you mock Manda for her promiscuous behavior? Do you think your behavior is any better? And I love how you try to justify your ways. Unfortunately, I'm not buying it. You're a spoiled brat without a clue. I feel no sympathy for you. I feel no pity for you. I thought, once upon a [...]
Maybe it's just me but after Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings I was pretty disappointed by this book. The third in the Jessica Darling series, Charmed Thirds reads less smoothly (it took me a while to get used to the overly detailed -- and annoyingly wordy -- descriptions of everything) and is far less interesting than the previous books. I think the problem lies int he fact that Jessica is just much less likable for most of this book and the decisions she makes (about her college career and th [...]
Oh how I laughed and laughed, cringed in shared mortification, laughed, despaired over mutual heartbreak, laughed, became over-wrought with neurosis, laughed, cringed, sympathized and laughed.Jessica Darling says what most of us are shamed to think. She isn’t noble, far from it, but she’s deliciously flawed in a true, human way. We all say the wrong thing at inopportune times. Many of us, myself included don’t know when to shut up or back down. We may even jump in the sack with a subpar gu [...]
Rating clarification: 3.5 starsTo be honest, I don’t have too much to say about this third installment in the Jessica Darling series. I enjoyed it, I still like Jessica and even if it might not reflect too well on me, I have to say that I can still relate to her extremely well. The things she goes through, the mistakes she makesis all sounds so familiar to me!Charmed Thirds is definitely the wordiest book in this series and I must admit that there were parts I didn’t really care for and I ev [...]
Jessica is becoming a "smarter" version of Bella. I'm so tired of her bitching and moaning about her "horrible life". I get that it's a journal, but good god, aren't you ever happy (without Marcus?) I'm also a little tired of her condescending attitude towards everyone. I vaguely remember a line in the book where she looks at her mother and says something to the effect of, "She's just like I was before I went to college". Really Jessica? You sound like an idiot. I loved when Bethany told her off [...]
Original post at One More PageOne of my favorite books back in college was Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty, so when I heard that there will be a next book for Jessica Darling (even if I was really content with how the second book ended), I was thrilled. Of course, being the paperback lover and not having my own income back when it was released, I didn't get it until I just quit my last job. You'd think I'd read it immediately, too, but no. I ended up reading, stopping, reading, and finally j [...]
Can someone tell me how the hell did I give this the highest ranking when it deserves anything but?! Seriously! My explanation is that I was blinded by Marcus Flutie. Why is it that everytime I do something stupid about a book it's always male lead's fault?I. Am. Disappointed. As much as I liked the first two books this was a huge let down. I admit that those books were great only because of Marcus, but really, this one was unbearable. How could I not realise how much I despise types of person s [...]
The first question that came to my mind after I finished this was: Is that it?Where the hell is the humour of the first two books? Why the hell is Jessica having more hot and cold moments than that guy in Katy Perry's Hot and Cold video? I don't get it.The first book was amazing, the second wast so amazing, but it was hilarious, so I'm okay. But what the hell do I say about this one? Jessica did so many anti-Jessica things (I won't reveal them, because almost all are spoilers).But ya know, that' [...]
Finally free of dull Pineville, Jessica makes her way to prestigious Columbia University full of wide-eyed enthusiasm. Well as much enthusiasm Jessica is capable of when her boyfriend Marcus is also heading off to college, just all the way across the country in California. And once again, Jessica, who over-thinks everything, begins to over-think their odd relationship. Especially after Marcus begins sending cryptic one-word postcards does she feel like losing her sanity. But financial and family [...]
So frustrating! She's just going around in circles. And sorry, but the young college women I know do spend a little more time actually thinking about, y'know, classes. Young, quirky, appealing-but-she doesn't-know-it Jessica apparently also has a magical vagina: all it takes is for men to get near it, and they are irrevocably changed. Married men are willing to have affairs; firmly Republican, vaguely misogynistic men die of broken hearts (literally!--and then J doesn't really think about him ag [...]
2.5 stars. Not charming, unfortunately, just quite pointless. Oh, how I loved you in your first two books Jessica Darling.
Against all expectations, I am smitten with the Jessica Darling series. The series is probably considered “chick-lit” by most (a term I detest due to the gendered notions of literature it evokes but that I’m using due to its popularity). But while it’s ostensibly chick-lit, there are no treatises on shopping or one-night stands. It is not brainless and vapid. Instead, it flips the chick-lit tropes. It’s actually about a girl trying to find herself in a world that wants nothing more tha [...]
i loved sloppy firsts and second helpings. charmed thirds? notso. mccafferty apparently has never met a plot device she didn't like. siigghh. in the first two installments, jessica's life is metered out slowly in months, each month's end marked by a letter to hope. as in life, time flies in college and here the format alters, marking more the periods in between learning. poor hope gets ignored for huge chunks of time and the letters now are more based between marcus and jessica, jessica and her [...]
This book was a bit of a disappointment after FIRSTS and SECONDS. Like a lot of other reviewers, I hated how all four years of college were crammed into one book. Not only were those years not fleshed out, we didn't even get a glimpse into those years. We're led to believe that Jessica Darling is only journaling on her school breaks? Because of this, most of her writing focuses on the people we knew in the first two booksBridget, the Clueless Two, Len and of course Marcus. This feels like JD has [...]
Our Not-so Darling Jessica is off to college. There's lots of touching stuff with her sister and her parents and Marcus and blah blah and if you liked the others, you'll like this one.But what I really liked about this one is that it gave a really accurate picture of college life. There are a bunch of pissy reviews on of people who are obviously not in college about how Jessica changed to much and what happened and why didn't she stay in touch with blah blah blah but that's what happens when yo [...]
I did NOT like Jessica Darling in this new phase of her life. I try to remind myself that she's getting the crap kicked out of her by the college realization that she's not as smart/good/interesting/unique as she's been told her whole life. But I just want to shake her and tell her to "grow up, already!" Stop being so selfish! I mean, the stunning realization that her parents are, like, people. Really? That's really just the tip of the iceberg on this one, but I feel like listing all my problems [...]
CHARMED THIRDS, the third book in Megan McCafferty’s bestselling series, introduces a more insightful and pensive, though not necessarily more likable, Jessica Darling. Diehard fans of the first two books will have trouble coming to terms with Jessica’s growth, though personally I think it’s fantastic.College is supposed to be better for Jessica Darling. After all, she has escaped Pineville to attend prestigious Columbia University in the greatest city in the world, and she is still with M [...]
Yes I finished this one and I have never been so disappointed in a character before. Jessica has turned into a slutty, annoying, obnoxious nitwit. Not only does she cheat on Marcus, but she devirginizes Len on the couch of an ice cream shop WTH?? She has sunk sooo low in my opinion. I just don't understand where the Jessica Darling of Sloppy FIrsts went! This whole book is devoted to her college years and all she learns is that she wanted to sleep with her married TA, emo guys aren't great sex b [...]
I feel like this novel was a little bit rushed. Her whole college experience was pushed into one book. i did like seeing how her relationship with Marcus ended, but then stayed with her for years. his mysterious postcards were romantic and when the message was final and read out loud i couldn't help but get butterflies. I WISH OUR LOVE WAS RIGHT NOW. it was romantic and amazing. the book was cute, but i wish it wasn't as rushed.
4 starsI’ve given the first two books 5 stars, I’m only giving this one 4 stars because it may have gone off the deep end in cynicism. Ever the pragmatist, Jessica experiences the life of a college student at Columbia while getting a handle of her finances, her academic future, her hit-or-miss friendships and relationships, her ties with family, and especially Marcus. I wasn’t liking the person Jessica was becoming, I thought it went a bit too far from her personality. Although I get that [...]
2.5 Stars Megan McCafferty, why are you doing this to me??Jessica is all about WRONG CHOICES. Selfish, stupid, immature, annoying, unsatisfied, weak, kind of a snob, always over thinking, scrutinizing, analyzing others, judging, taking people for granted (Bridget, i.e) and (view spoiler)[ cheating(hide spoiler)] However, I get her. She's a mess, I've been a mess too. I've experienced the feeling that everything is fucked up and there's no light at the end of the tunnel. And even when there's bee [...]
Jessica Darling is finally in college. Her and Marcus go to school across the country from one another. Marcus goes to a Buddhist school in California while Jessica goes to Columbia in New York. Their relationship is still going strong. Jessica is making lots of new friends ,but none come close to competing with Hope. As always Jessica's life soon gets complicated. Jessica cheats on Marcus and Marcus takes a vow of silence and moves to a ranch in the middle of no where. Jessica now has to choose [...]
I am still a devoted fan of Jessica and Marcus, but this book was a bit of a let down. Charmed Thirds follows Jessica's entire collegiate experience. She has matured, but she isn't quite as likable and witty in this book as she was in both Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. I also feel as though many of the secondary characters in this book weren't as developed as those in the first two novels of this series. Many people come in and out of Jessica's life, but I didn't feel any sort of attachment [...]
Wow.Wow.Wow.I must say that Jessica Darling series continues to amaze me with every new book I read. This third instalment has surprised me very very much. Although I was expecting to like it, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as the second book. And guess what? Yup. I do think that this book is, if not better, than as good as Second Helpings. It was a roller coaster of emotions, from the beginning to the end. It seemed that I was actually Jessica and I was going through the routine as her, [...]
*sigh*I loved Sloppy Firsts. I loved Second Helpings even more. And I didn't like Charmed Thirds at all. There were some good points--like the very, very beginning and the very, very end--but the entire middle was so boring. And Jessica, the main character who I loved so much, became annoying and made a bunch of incredibly stupid decisions. GAH. I skimmed like crazy through this, because I just didn't feel like reading pages of boring, inane nonsense. What happened to this awesome series? To be [...]
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