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Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
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Feb 22, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

This is the third book in Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series. In terms of character development, Jessica is incredibly realistic. Jessica seems to go out of character, but in terms of how a young college aged woman would act, it's totally believable.

The book starts at the end of Jessica's first year at Columbia and chronicles the decline of her relationship with Marcus Flutie, her high school sweetheart. Jessica passes through relationships with other guys, ultimately being unfulfilled. Additionally, we see Jessica trying to navigate the course of her future career. Characters from past books pop up, and they seem to mature in ways that are incredibly realistic. One thing I didn't like was that Jessica was still hung up on Hope, just a little bit. Jessica mentions one girl with whom she hung out during freshmen year that she had a lot in common with. Jessica turns away from her because the girl flat out says Marcus treats her badly and has a dominant personality when it comes to making plans. Jessica, meanwhile, thinks her friend's boyfriend sucks, but keeps it inside. The two never make up at the end because in Jessica's opinion the other girl never knew Marcus well enough to judge and should have shut her mouth, and that she was too pushy. From an outsider's perspective, the other girl was in the right. Jessica always harps on how fake others are, and here some girl is, daring to tell the truth (at least as she sees it--she doesn't know that Jessica is the one who is in the wrong, so the girl's judgment is accurate with the information she has). Additionally, Marcus was acting like a party-pooper by refusing to go to the concert, and Jessica later admits she had a great time at the concert b/c she stepped out of her comfort zone. Doing something new and different doesn't mean you're changing the essence of you, unlike what Marcus says.

This is probably one of the best books in the series in terms of character development, but the writing seems to lose a little sparkle here, which unfortunately seems to happen in the later books as well.
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