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Fourth Comings (Jessica Darling #4)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  8,045 ratings  ·  499 reviews
At first it seems that she’s living the elusive New York City dream. She’s subletting an apartment with her best friend, Hope, working for a magazine that actually utilizes her psychology degree, and still deeply in love with Marcus Flutie, the charismatic addict-turned-Buddhist who first captivated her at sixteen.

Of course, reality is more complicated than dreamy clichés...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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I really wish this series had stopped at Second Helpings. This story, and everything the main character thinks, feels and experiences is such a high school experience. It’s a classic story, but done so perfectly it feels fresh and new. We can sympathize with the teenage Jessica’s angst because we’ve all had similar experiences. This does not translate to college, and it’s even more out of place in the real world. Jessica’s whininess and general disdain for everyone makes sense when she’s stuck i...more
I honestly did not expect to like Fourth Comings as much as I did. If anything, I opened this book with trepidation, fully planning to give it four stars at best, but it wound up just blowing me away. While Sloppy Firsts and Charmed Thirds remain the most life-changing of all the Jessica Darling books for me so far, I think Fourth Comings is easily the most brilliant. It isn't the one I'll re-read the most or even return to too many times, but the clues scattered throughout this book, the intell...more
because one can never get enough marcus flutie.
Mar 22, 2014 katarzyna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone right out of college
I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few months ago, although my good impression may have been influenced by the fact that I read the underwhelming Charmed Thirds right before and my expectations were pretty low.

This whole book is supposed to be a letter to Marcus detailing the week in which Jessica is deciding whether to accept his proposal or not. By now the whole Marcus saga has gotten to be like something out of a soap opera and the character has become a caricature, so I don't care a...more
I have a love/hate relationship with the Jessica Darling books. The slang in the first two books drove me up a wall. Jessica forever pointing out how she hates high-tech forms of communication and loves the 80s grates after awhile. But at the same time, the way Megan McCafferty has structured the books around actual dates means that this character and I are going through the same things at the same time and there's a lot of truth behind it.

Fourth Comings tackles my fundamental problem with this...more
After Charmed Thirds, my expectations were not high for this one. I did like it more than Charmed Thirds, but it certainly did not appeal to me as much as the marvelous Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. In those first two, Marcus was so attractive to me. But in the third, he wasn't even really in the book and in the fourth he was more annoying than appealing.
I don't know if the problem with these later books is Megan McCafferty or if the problem is me. I think I grew up a lot between reading th...more
Although I don't care about these series anymore, I feel compelled to express my opinion once again. Can you really blame me? I LOVED the first two books and then the next installments crushed my heart.

I just can't believe what an enourmous downfall this series has taken.
Don't get me wrong, I've been disappointed in books before but not to such an extent. These books have abruptly turned from fresh young-adult novels to good old chicklit. What I don't get is the author's point. If she wanted t...more
Lauren Fidler
you know what's worse than getting a really long break up letter? reading a break up journal.

do y'all feel a rant coming???

first off, make no mistake, i get it. jessica has a 23-year-old college freshman boyfriend who sports dreads AND a shitbeard. i'd be embarrassed too. but despite that fact, he still (apparently) oozes sex appeal and badboy-attractiveness, the college is princeton not some unaccredited hippie school in the desert, and, she LOVES him. so suck it up and figure out a solution. i...more
Abby Johnson
So. What do you do when you've graduated from college at a prestigious university (that put you in debt for thousands of dollars) and you've discovered that you did not major in something useful and employable, but instead majored in psychology and can't find a job? And what do you do when you live in a city that you can't afford and that your boyfriend hates? And what do you do when your sister suspects that your mom might leave your dad and it's making you question the entire institute of marr...more
Steph Su
After inadvertently rereading the entire Jessica Darling series every year like clockwork without fail since Books 3-4 were published, I think I can safely say that FOURTH COMINGS is my favorite of the five books.

Are you surprised? Is this an unconventional choice? Sloppy Firsts had that sparkling magic of the first in a series you know will be good; Second Helpings was the fulfillment of a happy ending; Charmed Thirds allowed Jessica to develop more insight and maturity than before, plus did ev...more
I only just finished reading Fourth Comings, but I've followed Jessica Darling on her journey from high school and beyond. When I first met her, she was voiced by Megan McCafferty who made a guest appearance at one of my high school classes as a favor to our teacher. Talking about Len Levy's version of premature ejaculation at the high school talent show, she got my class laughing and my interest piqued.

In high school, the snarkiness and the frustration with the cookie cutter lifestyle of the J...more
Dec 24, 2007 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults, females, Jessica Darling fans
Jessica Darling is back!!! After a not-so-darling Charmed Thirds, Jessica Darling is kicking ass again in Fourth Comings. She's now a post-college 22 years old, working full-time-ish, and debating a marriage proposal from long-time not-so-emotionally-stable boyfriend Marcus.

I have to admit, it wasn't until about page 50 or so that I really got into the book, but once I was into it, I really enjoyed reading it. Jessica is much more adult in this book and it reads differently as a result. She's d...more
Oct 08, 2007 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 20somethings trying to find their way in the world
The shine on the Jessica Darling books is starting to wear off for me. I think the problem is that in the high school realm, Jessica Darling is a rebel, an amusing foil to her stereotypical high school counterparts. But in the real world, she comes across as whiney. Aww, you don't have enough to pay your rent? You have bad roomates? Your boyfriend is a college freshman and that's inconvenient for you? You got an impractical degree in a field you'll never make money in? Welcome to the real world...more

Ugh. Some books don't do well on a reread. Shut up, Marcus Flutie. And Jessica Darling.
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
In the fourth book in the Jessica Darling series, readers find her living in New York city with Hope and two other roommates. She is still with Marcus, despite their drastic ups and downs; in fact, he even proposes in his usual non-conventional way. She loves Marcus, but that would mean giving up New York City to go back to Princeton as he is enrolled there as a freshman, which is another hard fact that she must come to terms with. Jessica doesn't have long to decide and recognizes that this is...more

In the final 2 books of the Jessica Darling series, our wires-crossed, love-imperfect couple decide if they'll make it or break it for good. While Jessica enters the post-college "real world," Marcus finally decided to go back to organized education in the form of Princeton. Still physically distant in location, Jessica thinks she's too old to re-live the college scene again. Will she wait for Marcus to graduate? Will Marcus dump her for a fre...more
Jessica Darling is now a college graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her best friend Hope, along with her high school "friend" Manda and Manda's girlfriend Shea. She works on a part-time basis for a psychology magazine, earning money on the side by babysitting her little niece Marin. Not everything is ideal necessarily, but at least she's working on trying to figure everything out.

The one thing she's pretty sure of is that things just aren't right betwee...more
Reading the last 1/3 of the book, Ms. McCafferty reminds me yet again why exactly I love this series. Where Charmed Third was lacking, this book more than made up for it. Jessica is now 22 and a young adult. Before in high school, her journals consisted of fun, hilarious more mature ramblings then your average teenage girl. With this journal, it was interesting that she had a certain person she was writing to in mind, Marcus. Adding Hugo Flutie and FINALLY Hope to the mix definetely amped up the...more

What did I just read? And can I have those hours of my life back again?

The sad part? I knew it was going to be bad. Trusted friends warned me that it would be bad. But never, in my wildest imaginings, could I have dreamed that it would be this bad.

There is so much to write about here. I'm overwhelmed. Let's just leave it at this: McCafferty does a great job writing about high school drama. She's nailed the teen angst thing. But seriously, her characters are in their 20s now, and not ON...more
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My first book of 2012! Well, I got a start on it in 2011. That's life.

The journal format was pushing it here - I didn't really believe that Jessica was writing to Marcus because I could hear McCafferty behind it all inserting backstory into the narrative for the reader's benefit. The journal would often get stuck in this narrative rut: something happens, Jessica half-describes it and then turns it into a petulant op-ed about society in general while slipping in references to pop-psych research s...more
Aug 09, 2011 Jo rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: boring
The Jessica Darling series is getting worse. Fourth Comings has been the worst of the lot so far. An entire book devoted to Jessica Darling telling Marcus why she can't be with him. I wasn't enjoying it at all and it was taking so long to finish, that I just skimmed the end.

The only nice thing I have to say is that I'm glad Jessica stopped being such a bitch to her sister.

The rest of the book was filled with uninteresting characters whom I didn't give a toss what happened to them.

While I didn'...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Okay, so I've been putting off reading this book and Perfect Fifths for awhile just because I really did not want this series to end. So I finally ripped off the bandage and read both books back to back. I love Jessica Darling. Whereas so people may be a little turned off by her biting sarcasm, I really enjoy it.

In this book, Marcus asks Jessica to marry him when she tries to break up with him. Jessica isn't sure what she wants to do but she has a week to think about it.

I really loved that we a...more
Augh. This is going downhill for me. While I'm committed to seeing it through, the series has become irritatingly frustrating ... or is it frustratingly irritating....
I love the Jessica Darling books, but I'm getting tired of all the explication necessary to either refresh the memory of regular Darling readers or to explain the story up to now to newcomers who haven't read the three previous novels. The story is progressing nicely, and this one is more coherent than some of the earlier ones, I just can't stand the approximately one to two paragraphs of recap to every page or so ratio. It's starting to become like the Babysitters Club, you know? That said, I'm...more
Jessica Darling graduated from college one semester early, which is where Charmed Thirds ended. Now she is struggling to find a job while still trying to figure out her relationship with Marcus Flutie that has been a part of her life since she was 16. I liked this book but was not really happy with the ending. The next book in this series is being released in April 2009. I am looking forward to seeing how her story plays out as a woman in her mid 20s.
I finally finished this book, for some reason it was very hard to get through. I think it was because the entire book was Jessica writing to her boyfriend Marcus. During the time I spent reading this book I was thinking that 4 novels about the same character is a bit much and perhaps I was done with Jessica Darling. However, at the end of the book I found myself wanting to know what happens to Jessica in the future.
Erin Laidley
I've been getting more and more disappointed with this series, which is rather unfortunate given my immense love for Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings . Part of it is due to the fact that the college years just don't seem as poignant as the high school ones - whether it's due to the repeated stories, or the fact that I can't quite relate to Jessica Darling's issues, I just didn't enjoy Fourth Comings as much as I had hoped I would.

Fourth Comings is a series of two journals written to Marcus aft...more
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