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Perfect Fifths (Jessica Darling #5)

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Old flames are reignited in the fifth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series.

Captivated readers have followed Jessica through every step and misstep: from her life as a tormented, tart-tongued teenager to her years as a college grad stumbling toward adulthood. Now a young professional in her mid-twenties, Jess is off to a Caribbean wedding.
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Hardcover, 258 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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Jessica
What a disappointment.

Perfect Fifths basically reads like a Fanfic. A Fanfic for those who didn’t like the ending of book 4.

In my opinion, this book was completely unnecessary and I think the author secretely thought so, too, seeing as she couldn’t even come up with a real story. One third of the book consists of weird poems or dialogues in the fashion of

[Pause]
"Have you Googled me?"
[Pause]
"No."
"Not once?"
"No."
[Pause]

Way to come up with the required number of pages...

To everyone who contemplates
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Alia
It pains me to rate this book so low because the rest of the series was so good. This last book though seemed like an afterthought, a way to tack on a nice, pat, happy ending despite the fact that these characters have grown-up and moved on. But even if the premise of this book (which is really just a alternate ending to the fourth book in the series) was entirely plausible there were a few other things I just couldn't get over.

First there was the annoying critical theory speak that plagues the
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Steph Su
It’s been three years since Jessica refused Marcus’ marriage proposal, and both of them have moved on with their lives. Jessica now works for the Do Better High School Storytellers Project, traveling across the country to work for ten weeks with groups of girls on finding a voice through writing. She has even found a mini-me in the dregs of Pineville, a cynical teenager with the unfortunate name of Sunny Dae, who gives Jessica meaning to her work. Meanwhile, Marcus has embraced college life, imm ...more
Brittany
I'd like to preface this review with two things. First off, I have never felt compelled to write a book review until now. Secondly, the phrase "chick lit" is enough to make me run for the hills, as 99% of the books in this "literary" genre are at best cloyingly cliche, and at worst insultingly stupid.

This series, however, changed my life.

Shortly before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, there were a bunch of articles floating around about readers possibly experiencing depression afte
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katarzyna
Mar 22, 2014 katarzyna rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who's actually still into the Jessica/Marcus clusterfuck
I guess one way to end the Jessica Darling series with a bang is to make your readers never want to hear from her or Marcus (a.k.a. Edward Cullen on a yoga bender) ever again. It's laughable how many times McCafferty talks about how sexy and fuckable Marcus is in the span of only some 300 pages. I felt like she was channelling StephEnie Meyer in a major way, especially when I finally finished and flipped to the back cover flap to the author's pic -- surprise!! She looks like a description of Jes ...more
A. S.
My advice to those who want to read the final installment of Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series? Don't.

Why so harsh? you may ask. It's just one more book and you can be satisfied knowing the ending, right?

This book was so incredibly painful to get through. I thought it was bad enough that in Fourth Comings Jessica wrote to Marcus instead of for herself, changing the whole dynamic and dulling the clever wit into purple prose. Here, McCafferty employs so many writing gimmicks it is hard to
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Liz
Oct 18, 2009 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bummed ranty readers
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stephanie
so disappointing. i can't even . . . i wish it had ended with the fourth book.

i mean, i'm glad to hear what jessica is doing, i'm glad she grew up. i don't really care about marcus, but.

i liked my imagination better.
Jen Warren
The Jessica Darling series began with two stellar books. Then came the letdown of books three and four. With this final installment, I wanted a return to the simple hilarity of Sloppy Firsts. I wanted our MC to be redeemed. To show us how much she's grown, to address issues never really addressed before, and give me the happy ending I invested fifty dollars in reading.

Unfortunately, McCafferty decided against giving me the satisfaction. Abandoning the diary-form narrative of the first four books
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Filipa
This book was really, really the Perfect Fifth.
The relationship between Marcus and Jessica culminates in this fifth instalment and last of the series. I've read it in less than 24 hours. I just couldn't stop reading it once I started it.
Looking back, I now understand the geniousness in these books. Everything is perfectly orchestrated and this last book couldn't be more perfect.
Jessica is all grown up and her development as a character is wonderful. It goes to show that we can learn from our m
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Keertana
At this point, the only option left for me is to take every single series/trilogy/duology finale and dump it into a giant cardboard box, tightly wrapped with duct tape, haul it into my attic and then write "Do Not Open Until 2014" on it. Quite simply put, this year is just not my year for series conclusion. I have yet to read a satisfying end to a series I have stuck with and loved and while Perfect Fifths may be the best series finale I read this year, that really isn't saying a whole lot. Unfo ...more
meredith ann
maybe i'm a bad jessica darling fan but this novel wasn't what i've come to expect from the series. something was missing - i don't know if it's the fact the time was so compartmentalized or that it was all based on this interaction with marcus - it just wasn't all there. i missed jessica's snarkiness and humor! there were glimpses of it but not to the extent of the past four books. still, i enjoyed revisiting with these characters and am holding out hope for a sixth in the series (although perf ...more
Abby
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Manoja K.
The final book in the Jessica Darling series was – and it pains me to say this because the rest of the series was so good – just absolute crap! I feel like I’m betraying the series by saying this, but I was so disappointed.

The book is Jessica rushing to get to the airport to make it in time for her friend’s wedding, but she misses her plane and is waiting around the airport in case she can get on another flight. Then the next 200 PAGES is just her and Marcus (who just happened to be there) conv
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Anya
I had a lot of problems with this final book in the Jessica Darling series. First, the format change. After structuring the narrative in the form of journal entries from Jessica's point of view for the first four books, suddenly we get an omniscient narrator who sees into the minds of both Jessica and Marcus. And, for me, Marcus's inner thoughts did not really match the character he was in the first 4 books. Second, the whole Sunny Dae character just wasn't doing it for me. While Marcus's resist ...more
Lauren Fidler
and so we have come to our conclusion.

honestly, i was braced for the worst. i know a lot of people took issue with the 50+ pages of nuthin' but dialogue followed by a series of suggestive haiku-ing...that actually didn't bother me. i've been calling for more communication between the star-crossed pair since book three. and the poem thing, well, i've done shit like that, so it didn't strike me as particularly odd or out of place. you know what was? barry frickin' manilow. i get that he, or more
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Heather
Title: Perfect Fifths
Author: Megan McCafferty
Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit
Rating: D+

Abbreviated Summary: This book is the conclusion of the Jessica Darling Series (my review of books one through four is here) and tells of one 18-hour period that occurs three years after Jessica says she won't marry Marcus Flutie (because she's clinically insane... in my opinion) and Marcus writes her a letter that says "whatever" (because he's completely fictional). Jessica and Marcus quite literally run into one an
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Isamlq
It got a little hokey close to the end there with that Manilow karaoke moment, (even though I’d been dreading/anticipating/expecting such a scene the moment she said he was the “showman of our time.”) That aside, I can honestly say that I liked moments of this, just not for the same reasons I enjoyed Jessica as when she was in high school (Books 1 and 2) or even when she was in Columbia (Book 3).

I liked this. Even the bits where they’d come across as pretentious and smarmy or “highbrownnose-y”
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Chelsea
There's more! *grabby hands*

It was Jessica and Marcus, which made it fun. It was unnecessary, which made it a little obnoxious. It was partially in haiku, which made it pretentious. It was missing Percy and Bridget, which was a problem for me.

Any Jessica Darling is a good thing, but this series should have ended with Fourth Comings.
Melbourne on my mind
4.5 stars. After a disappointing third book and a totally awful fourth book, this final volume was everything I wanted and more.

I was initially hesitant about the change in writing style, but it worked beautifully. Instead of the traditional "Jessica's journal and occasional letters to friends" format that we've had in the past, here the narrative was in the third person. It's split between Jessica and Marcus, with a long section in the middle that effectively reads like a film script. It's not
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Ginger (GReads!)
This final book just summed it all up. EPIC. One of the best endings I've EVER read.
Lena ♫ ♪
I have been following the Jessica Darling series since I was 15 years old. Wow, seems so long ago! At the time, I wanted something to read while waiting for the next Harry Potter novel. I grabbed Sloppy Firsts on a whim and fell in love with it. Jessica is hilarious! I love her witty banter and thoughts.

While all the other 4 are written in a journal format (the first 3 for herself and the 4th meant for Marcus), Perfect Fifths is written in a third person POV. Readers will be able to experience M
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Lauren
Feb 13, 2010 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The Jessica Darling series was one of my favorite ones out there until a little book called Forth Comings came out, and in turn left me utterly disappointed in what this series had became. So when I received Perfect Fifths for review last year, I was somewhat scared to see what would occur in the final volume; which probably was the reason why it took me a year to finally give it the chance and read it. Thankfully enough, Perfect Fifths was the book that reminded me, once again, why I this serie ...more
Emma
Jan 26, 2012 Emma rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I like the idea of Perfect Fifths. I for one have considered what it would be like if I were to run into an ex and actually talk with them, cutting past all the pretenses. In that respect the novel is great because the idea is great. However, the execution is quite lackluster. McCafferty has given up the journal format that made the series charming, choosing instead to employ a third person narrative. She reveals her reasons for the switch at the very end of the novel but those reasons are just ...more
Nicole

When I first read this I thought it's a long span book. I mean the story's time span is more like a year. I'm surprised to see that the story is about like 1 or almost 2 days.

The only a thing or two what I like about this:

1.)
"By the way," she says, releasing her hair from its elastic and shaking it over the pillows. "The bed isn't
the only place you're not going to have sex with me."
Marcus raises an eyebrow.
"You're also not going to have sex with me on the floor, in that office chair over there,
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Traci
I'd read the first four books about Jessica Darling and her life in high school/college, and while I enjoyed them, I wasn't really sure I wanted to read this last book. It's been quite a while since I read the fourth book, and if my memory serves correctly, I wasn't all that into it; it felt a bit tired, like we'd been there and done that. However, I thought I owed it to myself to at least attempt to finish the series, as so many authors these days seem to keep them going and going and going... ...more
Yan
The Jessica Darling series has swept teens across the country and has a devoted, almost cult, obsession within this community. In some ways I can understand this phenomenon. The first book was decent, nothing substantial just a small peak at what’s to come for these two star-crossed lovers. The second was devoured! Ate it once, ate it twice, and I just could not stop! The third and fourth part was rather dull, total build-up. Marcus almost completely left and we were just left with Jessica. I me ...more
Emilyandherlittlepinknotes
It lasts 24 hours, intense and honest, the perfect ending to one of my favourite series and you get to hear Marcus' voice.

Analysis of a crush on Marcus Flutie (a few bullet points):

*physically: six feet of long-limbed, tattooed, slouching insouciance, dusty reddish dreads (dreads yeah!), his lips are usually curled into a semi-smile, like he’s in on a big joke that’s being played on you but you don’t know it yet

* socially: he has a reputation, he is a dreg, he slept with countless girls, he is n
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Sara
I was unsure what to expect, coming into this book. It's the last book in the Jessica Darling series - a series in which I loved the first two books, heartily recommending them (and gifting them) to everyone I know, hated the third book, and felt "meh" about the fourth. I was afraid this final installment would underwhelm me again and make me even more sure of my belief that the series should have ended with only two books. My problems with the 3rd and 4th books stemmed from their lack of authen ...more
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