Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling is back, this facing life after college in New York City. As usual, Jessica examines her life with the same sarcastic, witty voice. The problem is that nothing really happens in Fourth Comings. Long time boyfriend Marcus Flutie proposes to Jessica early on in the book, sending Jessica into an existential decision-making crisis.
The problem with Fourth Comings is really that Jessica’s snarky voice, which worked so well for her character through high school and college in the previous books, falls flat in this adult version. There’s just something that doesn’t translate when taking this once YA character into the adult chicklit genre. Another problem is that nothing much happens throughout the book, with almost no resolution found in any of the situations Jessica stumbles upon. Overall, there’s not enough action and those witty observations that once seemed so humorous are tired and at times irritating.