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Perfect Fifths

(Jessica Darling #5)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  9,102 ratings  ·  702 reviews
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
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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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Trina (Between Chapters)
I finally finished this series, and my overwhelming feeling is that I'm SO glad I don't have to read any more of these books! I enjoyed the first 3, but these last two books were awful to get through.

This book felt so unnecessary and very much like an afterthought. (view spoiler)
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Alia
Jan 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: grown-up-books, ya, gag
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
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
Feb 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: bummed ranty readers
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SKB
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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stephanie
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
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.
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Keertana
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jen Warren
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
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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Alexis (The Book Democracy)
May 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
There was nothing good to say about this book. I'm literally going to pretend it's not even apart of the series. I love this series, it's very dear to me. This book did nothing for me. It took place within a few hours and hours at an airport and is mostly from Marcus' POV. It was NOT the ending that i wanted for this series. also it was a supper short book. again there is nothing about this book made me happy. ...more
L.E. 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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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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Meredith Ann
Mar 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Chelsea
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
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Ashley Scott
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2019
Jessica Darling and her misanthropic teenage journals were a huge influence on me when I was growing up right on her literary heels - she encouraged me to write, and to make it real. She was a sarcastic, pessimistic brat who had a penchant for the 80s, and I related to her - from her virginity woes to her disgust towards that particular group of kids that every high school breeds. I thought the second book ended perfectly, and was eager to go on to the next, but was ultimately swayed by a friend ...more
Heather
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
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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Abby
Mar 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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Anya
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Heather
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I was disappointed in the changed format, as I much preferred being privy to Jessica’s neurotic, snobbish, and judgmental inner voice. She is one witty wench and I was saddened to see her words rather than read her thoughts. Nonetheless, I’m glad that the series concluded in the manner that it did, that there is some semblance of direction for our choosy heroine and that she has mind-f*ck Flutie to keep her company along the way.
santina
I read this when I was a ...sophomore?... in high school, and remember swooning over it. ... Erm, not so much anymore. I realize I actually can’t stand Jessica, which makes sense because I can’t stand most adolescents (even though Jessica is 26 here; however, she is not emotionally 26) She’s permanently infantile, I’m convinced. The writing showcases a Jane Austen style of hyper-focus, bordering on autism. Also, please just fucking write some sex scenes already!
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 5-star-reads
This final book just summed it all up. EPIC. One of the best endings I've EVER read. ...more
Melissa
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why it took me forever to read the last installment of this series when I was borderline obsessed with the rest of them.
Jessica and Marcus bump (literally) into each other.
It didn't feel like a full reunion without the rest of the people I'd read about. But I guess, they really couldn't be in this one. It was about Jessica and Marcus.
I'm not sure how I felt about this one. I was entertained, I guess. But, it was very talky and for some reason made me think of The Gilmore Girls if t
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Mindy Mooney
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!
Kia C
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I adored returning to this series that I first read in high school. I think my rating is boosted by nostalgia, but I did enjoy the story.
Andy Kornylo
Aug 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
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What. The. Hell. No seriously. What the hell? This book was an absolute shit storm from start to finish. None of the characters that I have grown to know and love were present in this book. Instead you have these faux characters. I didn’t recognize Marcus at all. Same for Jessica Darling. They were acting extremely strange even for the circumstances. Jessica was a nervous wreck with some kind of mystery going on that
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Yan
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Michelle
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemp, 2010
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Megan McCafferty writes fiction for tweens, teens and teens-at-heart of all ages. The author of twelve novels, she’s best known for SLOPPY FIRSTS and four more sequels in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series--available throughout 2021 in updated 20th anniversary editions. She published two new books in 2020: TRUE TO YOUR SELFIE (MG, Scholastic) and THE MALL (YA, Wednesday Books). ...more

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