Saturday, August 22, 2009

"Charmed Thirds" Review

Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Crown (April 11, 2006)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Reading Level: YA
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. 

I recently started reading the Jessica Darling series. I loved the first 2 books, Sloppy First and Second Helpings! I was really excited to start reading this book. The first part of the book was okay, but I didn't really like the rest of it.
Now, I know that the Jessica is in college, but it was just: sex, sex, and more SEX! I mean, I guess I'm still looking for those bashful guys in the stories and awkward girls, and the first kiss is always hesitant and sweet. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with sex in YA, it was just unexpected.
One part of the book, I really loved however, was when Marcus sends Jessica a couple of through a course of a couple of years, while he is away in California at a 'college' and is going through some sort of phase. On these postcards are just one word and I really like what it spells out in the end.
And all though, I think this will probably be my least favorite book of the series, it was still an okay read! I look forward to reading the other two.
Writing: 7/10
Voice: 5/10
Plot: 7/10
Originality: 7/10
Ending: 8/10

Overall: I give this book ★★★ stars
Will have the 4th and 5th book reviews up in the next couple of weeks!
Edit: Review of Fourth Comings.

1 comment:

Debbie's World of Books said...

I read the 1st two books in the series and then gave up on them. Was debating if I should continue reading. Will look forward to your reviews on bk 4 & 5.