Apr 15, 09
This was published on my library's website...
Readers have been with Jessica Darling since her best friend Hope moved away when she was 16 and she started hanging out with the bad boy we all love, Marcus Flutie, in Sloppy Firsts. When we last saw Jessica in Fourth Comings she had just graduated college and broken up with Marcus after he proposed. The novels have transformed from YA to adult as the characters age from their teen years to adulthood. Now in Perfect Fifths, the final book in the series, it's been three years since Jessica and Marcus seen each other; both are now in their mid-twenties. While frantically running through the airport to catch her flight Jessica literally runs into Marcus. The book takes place over 18 hours in and around the airport. There is a found poem that consists of phrases from the four previous books. There is also a 74 page conversation between Jessica and Marcus that the author says was inspired by the movie Before Sunset. The idea of page after page of dialogue may sound odd but Jessica and Marcus have three years worth of catching up to do. One thing I love about this series (besides Marcus) is how much the characters value their educations. In Perfect Fifths both characters are about to start grad school. Over the past three years their lives have gone in separate directions but graduate school draws them back together, at least to the same city. Other popular books today make it seem as if characters can't pursue an education and a love life at the same time. From the author's dedication page, "For all the readers who have cared enough to find out what happens next, readers will know they are in for a good story.