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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 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 C 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. I waited like 3 years to finish this book and I m honestly glad I did So relateable for early twenty somethings. 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 honestly, I picked up Charmed Thirds 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 Yet, Megan McCafferty continues to prove what I always suspected Jessica Darling is timeless 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, 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 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 , 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 NO NO to no avail And yet, you will love it Just trust me on this one, okay All in all, Charmed Thirds has shaped up to be the most unforgettable of all the books in this series so far and I cannot wait to see where the adult years continue to take Jessica You can read this review and on my blog, Ivy Book Bindings. 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 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 wasn t ready to give up yet As the story evolved, though, I was really hooked and when Jessica and Marcus broke it off I was on the verge of tears I was mad at Jessica, of course, for doing what she did but I kind of understood her as well She was young, scared and confused with her feelings so she made a mistake I admired Marcus for not being ready to throw away their relationship just yet But, unfortunately, it is all downhill from here Jessica returns to school and has to face everything she s done while she still doesn t know where she and Marcus stand She is even confused by his one word postcards that just leave here hanging She almost sleeps with a married man Then comes the message from Marcus, who meanwhile has gone to some weird gay cowboy camp in total isolation, that their relationship is wrong and loses it She stops writing to Hope, doesn t contact her other friends and eventually finds a rebound guy And she sleeps with him and then with someone else In the end, she and Marcus are reunited but I wasn t as happy for them as I thought I would be.I have some major problems with this book First, it s the expanse of time that passes throughout the whole book After Marcus ends it with Jessica we are thrown into her last TWO years in college How can you summarize two years of somebody s life in what200 pages We are introduced to a couple events and here Jessica goes into her last semester It just ruins the college experience for me as finishing high school this year And another thing, even though this is a diary we don t get to see Jessica s emotions so much it s like she can write about others but not about herself I expected her to be heartbroken after everything with Marcus but after a couple of pages she stops mentioning him at all She doesn t move on she just shuts herself away.Secondly, I am a little disappointed in Marcus Surely, he had gone through some pretty bad things in life and needed some time alone to think it all over and find who he really was But two years Two years without contacting Jessica, that s too much for me Thirdly, I am really annoyed with Jessica She had always dreamed of escaping Pineville to go and live here life free of morons and people who don t understand her and when she does she doesn t appreciate it She waits for everything to be handed to her like some spoiled brat She doesn t go out of her way to try to understand others and always thinks she knows best She doesn t appreciate her friends and her sister, she takes them for granted Honestly, most of the times I liked secondary characters such as Brittany, Bridget and Pepe than I liked her.Last, I am disappointed with the Jessica Marcus reunion Yes, time has passed and wounds have healed but it s just too easy If I were Jessica, I wouldn t have let Marcus back into my life so easily For a person who talks so much, Jessica doesn t question him for his absence or silence for TWO years It s like good you re back, let s f k Marcus also doesn t put too much effort in trying to apologize either It was like we are soul mates and we belong together but we didn t make up earlier because the book would have ended.All in all, this book was a Notso engaging installment but I am not ready to give up on the series just yet. 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 the men in her life made me cringe Although the book spans 3.5 years of her life, the plot never really seems to advance it just goes around in circles She never really meets quality new people and instead keeps reverting back to her old Pineville existence I don t really get the self destructive back and forth with Marcus I ve been in self destructive relationships before but I could only relate to an extent this is just way too out there at this point I d like to know why McCafferty thought it would be a good idea to turn Marcus into this Buddhist monk type because that seemed like it was completely out of left field but whateverSo, in conclusion, this was my least favorite of the series but I still plan on reading Fourth Comings. Dear Jessica,You know what your problem is You are ungrateful and selfish You mock people, they way they live, and the decisions they makeand 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 time, that we would be friends had we braved the waters of high school together Now I know better One other thing Your relationship with Marcus is dysfunctional You both need some serious therapy before you should even remotely consider a relationship with each other The only thing that saves you from a one star rating Your humor You still managed to entertain me at times Alas, Jessica, I will see your series through Why I don t know The sadist in me It s really too bad that McCafferty decided to make such a mess of your life Really, there were so many wonderful ways this series could have gone Maybe you can redeem yourself in 4 Sincerely,Jillian 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 guy for fleeting, spur of the moment reasons We obsess over the most obscure words behind our hearts desires messages In short, we are loons, doing our best to get from one day to the next all the while trying to find our path in life and reason for it all Jessica will make you feel less alone on your journey. 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, 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 From The Hardcover Edition 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 makesthis 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 even found myself being tempted to skip pages Nevertheless, I am still hooked and want to see how everything works out for Jessica so I ll definitely keep reading Oh, and Marcus might be a reason, too On to Fourth Comings 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 about showing some respect for a mother who gave up a career to raise her And while Jessica seemed to understand, she continued to turn her nose down at her mother Ok, I ll give you that she s strange and the whole sex scene w the parents was just weird but she s your mother show a little respect And for a girl who claims to be such a strong woman who doesn t believe in true love or monogamy, she s got a serious case of screwing up her life because of a guy.Don t get me wrong I m a sucker for this Marcus guy too or at least I was in the first 2 books..but that s another issue , and as much as Jessica has been annoying me, I would like to see them have their happily ever after But I m just so annoyed by her It s getting hard to root for such a whiny, condescending snob.About the writing McCafferty, in this book, has forgotten about some great minor characters Scott while not a great character, but come on, she could do some interesting things with him is barely mentioned, Manda is declared a lesbian, but yet we never hear from her, Pepe and Bridget seem to have a good thing goingwhere d they go and Marcushello What happened to his character Did she not read her other two books McCafferty also seems to want to discuss some pivotal cultural moments 9 11, the tsunami, Bush as an unpopular president but doesn t really know how to do it intelligently which is suprising since Jessica is SOOOO smarteck I ll admit, there were huge chunks of this book that I literally skimmed She could have cut this book in half and we still would ve gotten it But I will finish By god, I will finish this series if it s the last thing I do.