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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,594 ratings  ·  456 reviews
I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life ...more
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Published March 25th 2014 by Flirt
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Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Third Degree was very different from the cookie cutter New Adults out there, different in a good way. This story was first and foremost a romance, a swoony one with some definite heat. But it was also a story about fitting in, being “normal”, and the emotional effects when you don’t.

Isabel Jenkins is a genius and regarded as a bit of a freak. She’s already an MD at the age of eighteen having skipped most of her high school and in college by age twelve. Isabel is looking forward to entering into
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, New Adult, Coming of Age

5 Not One False Note Anywhere Stars * * * * *

Take one part Doogie Houser ( yup, I saw it in prime time, so I know), one part Grey’s Anatomy, another part House and finish with every feeling, every insecurity, every everything you experienced during those awful years of 18 to 21 and you have this amazing read.

We have all been there at one point in our lives …. We really think all this stuff in our heads has made us different…. or weird… or not normal. We want to do something… be the best at what

First read: 04/2016
Second read: 08/2020

I loved this!
A funny, deep and touching tale of friendship, love, self-discovery and personal growth.

So much more than I was expecting, and exactly what I needed.
4.5 Surprising in the Best Way Stars

What can I say? Third Degree took me by surprise with its humor and witty characters. Watching Isabelle go from uptight doctor in waiting to a college student other people her age could actually relate to was worth the read. I'm going to miss her taking post coital "samples" from her roommate's bed buddy, though. Yep, that situation' s just as awkward as it sounds, any way you choose to read it.

As much as I came to love the new, improved and laid back Izzy, Ma
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult-rec
Meet a refreshing new adult romance;)
Tattoo alpha? No.
TSTL heroine? No.
Bitches on the campus? No.
Screw things up at the drunken party? No.
Cheating? No.
Love triangle? No.

But...but is there any drama at all? Yes. It is a make-sense kind of drama and angst.

Humor? Yes. Tons of funny dialogue.
Swoon-worthy hero? Yes.
Hot??? Yes.

Except some medical terms/procedures in the storyline I have very little knowledge of, I really enjoy reading this book.

Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-swept
4.5 - Superman & Trizzy Lenkins Stars!

I have to admit when I picked up Third Degree, I was expecting a sexy read set around a geeky girl and one of the guys she meets whilst at college, kind of run-of-the-mill, but enjoyable nonetheless when its written well. How wrong I was, this book is so much more than that, and an absolute must read for pretty much everyone who is looking for a funny, touching and uniquely different story of a girl and a guy both trying to come to terms with who they are an
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Don't you hate when you think you found a book you might love and you end being disappointed?

I'm not going to lie : I loathe that - It makes me feel like I'm cheap somehow, you know? I don't even know how to talk about this book because I can't help but get the impression I read two books. Indeed what I can say about the first half wouldn't be accurate for the second part and vice versa. Whatever. I'll do what I can.

The beginning was great. Unexpectedly excellent. Isabel Izzie's voice was oddly
*ARC via netgalley*

I love it when an ARC surprises me like this! I would recommend this to all EASY fans! The story was actually tragically funny! Sweet, but not too sweet... zero angst level... perfect hero (read: Lucas level hero), and just the perfect amount of steam factor!

2 completely different characters, and when I say completely, believe me that they're like from different universes.

Heroine is a prodigy, that has no feel of sympathy, kinda like some machine, cares only about her medical
♥ Sarah
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I received this ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Say it ain’t so!

WARNING: This book is almost too good to be true. Also, it wasn’t really like My Life Next Door or Easy (except maybe one or two key factors, but whatever).

Fans of Grey’s Anatomy, get on board! This book was a total watered down, but super romantic and completely adorbz “new adult” version, with all the drama and steam in just 200-something, short pages.


Izzy’s a 19 year old genius, a child prodigy, w
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Dnf @57%

This book wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.

Izzy was a child prodigy. She is the best intern in the surgical program. Unfortunately she doesn't have any social skills. She failed the psych test and wasn't accepted into any residency program. Her only chance is to repeat the test but not before at least 6 months have passed. So she decides to experience the normal college life as a freshman where she meets the RA Marshall Collins.

Izzy was very odd. I liked her oddity in the beginning.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!
Loved this one! Isabel cracked me up! She was always in doctor mode. Loved Marshall and how sweet he was with Isabel even though she was kind of weird. haha! I wasn't expecting to like this book so I'm really shocked that I loved it. I am a sucker for friends to lovers though.
I'll have to check out more of this authors books:))
**ARC provided by netgalley for an honest review**

“Arms are around me, hands in my hair, lips moving across my cheek, over my neck, and I’m thinking about poetry, about Edgar Allan Poe and words that move like waves, people who move like waves together, and all the non-words we can make with our bodies.”

What I loved about this wonderful New Adult book was that it had some depth to it. What was unfortunate was that I really had a hard time falling into this story in the first half because it didn
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: NA readers.
I –what? What do you mean it’s over? The book is finished?
No more pages? No more Izzy and Marsh?
But, but, but…I love them! I need more!
Guys, lo and behold! I’ve found the perfect NA book and I’ve come to share it with you.
I think a lot of readers share this problem: After reading more than 300 books, I’ve gotten awfully picky about which books to read. And it’s also gotten very difficult to find good books. I probably spend more time searching for books than actually reading them.
So imagine my
Upon reading the synopsis, I thought this would be somewhat like Rule by Jay Crownover. After reading: it's nothing like that. The only thing the two books have in common is that they are both somehow related to the topic of med-school.

This is a NA book, no doubt about that - but it doesn't follow the cookie-cutter stereotype that is the NA genre: you know, one or more "broken" characters that help each other "heal" and find love along the way. That's the traditional route. This book though, it
Third Degree is a wonderful New Adult novel-- a refreshing addition to an overly saturated & mono-thematic genre. The author does an outstanding job of avoiding commonly "USED & ABUSED" plot devices & tropes. And the novel's main character-- Izzy-- has to be one of the most unique & intriguing heroines that I've read about in quite some time. Izzy is a prodigy in the field of medicine; yet, despite all of her brilliance, she remains socially inept & unaware. Izzy "vaguely" resembles the Big Bang ...more

It had a bit of a Neanderthal Seeks Human vibe with the heroine in this one. Also a super cute book.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2014-favorites
5 Enchanting Stars

**Third Degree generously provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Third Degree uniquely portrays the real and honest feelings of a young woman deep into a life with genius knowledge yet very little life experience. The writing precisely cultivates feelings within the reader of a conflicting time in our lives where we trying to figure who we are to ourselves. Add the pressure of being a child prodigy who’s adoringly awkward and socially inept, thrust her i
4-1/2 stars.

Eighteen year old prodigy Isabel Jenkins is devastated when she learns she failed the emotional readiness test that is required to continue her pursuit of becoming a surgeon. She'll get to retake the test--in six months, after she's had some downtime to do some thinking and experiencing. So she trades in her scrubs for a "typical" college experience, where she's supposed to have some fun and live like any other teenager just entering college. She's anything but, but she soon finds th
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I read this because of Jackie's review, so I shouldn't really have been surprised at liking it so much, but I still was. In all fairness, I could easily have felt that it was good as a NA romance without loving it, especially as I haven't yet read a NA romance I've liked. (Exception was the unusual in every way Someone Else's Fairytale, and that had no sex, so hardly fits the NA mould AT ALL.) What a lot of prelude-ification! Anyway, I was utterly taken with the book, and with Isabel and Marsh, ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfect. This is the perfect young adult, coming of age book. The balance between funny, sweet and sexy, touching and heartrending is one of the best I've read. It’s Doogie Houser M.D. meets Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory meets E.R. all rolled up in the female form of Isabel Jenkins.

Third Degree grabbed me from the first word, the first character actually, and never let go. Julie Cross' writing style had me laughing in my ass off, feeling so much for Izzy and Marsh, I was hot and bothered, swo
Izzy was a child prodigy who quickly skipped ahead of her peers and into college and now at just 18 she's already part way through her medical degree. She is a brilliant doctor when it comes to diagnosis and treatment, in fact, she has skills beyond her years in a lot of ways but when it comes to bedside manor she is completely lacking. She missed out on socialising with her peers when she was a child and has absolutely no clue how to interact with people. She is completely shocked when she fail ...more
4.5 awesome stars

A beautifully written (though somewhat poorly editted) romance about a childhood prodigy and her resident adviser.

Best bit: The character development. Particularly in regard to Isobel. Sometimes heartwrenching, and sometimes hilarious. But always brutally honest, Julie Cross does not shy away from the good or bad aspects of character and in doing so creates depth and vulnerability. I found Isobel a tremendously interesting that will stand out in my memory for a lo
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Another lovely read from Ms. Julie Cross, although this one didn't have much of a wow factor. ...more
Tessa Teevan
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
This book was so refreshing! Izzy's unlike most NA heroines and I absolutely adored her. And Marshall? A fantastic, swoon-worthy book boyfriend! ...more
Loved! Fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door and Tammara Webber's Easy will fall hard for this book. Full review below.

First off, super big thanks to Julie Cross for letting me read this baby early. It's no secret that I adore Julie's books. Her Tempest series are my favorite time travel books, and her Letters to Nowhere series grabbed my heart with it's themes of loss, love, and gymnastics. Her writing is so fresh and addicting, so I knew I was in for a treat with Third Degree.

Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it

Originally Posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

The thing that THIRD DEGREE has going for it, very strongly, is a very unique heroine. Isabel Jenkins is a genius. At the age of 18, she has already graduated from high school, college, medical school and has completed her work as a medical intern. She’s a lot smarter than your favorite nerdy heroine and she’s a lot more awkward. Lot’s of heroines in YA and the newly formed (and questionable) New Adult fiction are awkward. They fall ov
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Loved this book!

Third Degree was such a good read, it captured my interest from the first chapter and I didn't want to put it down.

Isabel Jenkins, was a child prodigy and never failed at anything, that is until she fails her last test before getting her medical residency - emotional readiness.

This leaves her questioning her life and how could she be so emotionally cut off, she can diagnose any illness but she just can't relate emotionally to anyone.

Isabel/Izzy decides to re-enroll as a
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A female teen prodigy fails the emotional preparedness test to earn her medical license, and decides to spend the six months before she can retake it by going back to college, to see how undergrad life as an 18-year-old is different from that of a 12-year-old. Protagonist Isabel Jenkins' self-absorbed, oblivious, and privileged first-person voice made me worry that this New Adult romance would be tough sledding, or that the book would be one of those sexist "let's teach the overreaching girl/wom ...more
Emma Hart
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thank Julie Cross for the offer of an advance copy. I am so lucky to read her beautiful books.

When Julie asked me to read and blurb this book, I was blown away. I'd been reading her Tempest series since before I started writing, so it was a surreal moment. I loved every. damn. second of Third Degree. Isabel and Marshall are so intense yet so lost at the same time, and that's exactly what I love about this novel.

Each of them, especially Isabel, are learning to trust and love, and believe in som
4 extremely strong stars

This book is not what I thought it would be while reading the blurb and even the first few chapters. Yes, this is a NA fish out of water tale about an 18-year old doctor going back to college to experience life as a "normal" teen. And yes, Izzy's first encounters with her dormmates are laugh out loud funny. ((view spoiler)) And yes, Izzy has her eye on the hot, funny, and
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her h

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