At first it seems that she’s living the elusive New York City dream. She’s subletting an apartment with her best friend, Hope, working for a magazine that actually utilizes her psychology degree, and still deeply in love with Marcus Flutie, the charismatic addict-turned-Buddhist who first captivated her at sixteen.
Of course, reality is more complicated than dreamy clichés. She and Hope share bunk beds in the “Cupcake”—the girlie pastel bedroom normally occupied by twelve-year-old twins. Their Brooklyn neighborhood is better suited to “breeders,” and she and Hope split the rent with their promiscuous high school pal, Manda, and her “genderqueer boifriend.” Freelancing for an obscure journal can’t put a dent in Jessica’s student loans, so she’s eking out a living by babysitting her young niece and lamenting that she, unlike most of her friends, can’t postpone adulthood by going back to school.
Yet it’s the ever-changing relationship with Marcus that leaves her most unsettled. At the ripe age of twenty-three, he’s just starting his freshman year at Princeton University. Is she ready to give up her imperfect yet invigorating post-college life just because her on-again/off-again soul mate asks her to… marry him?
Jessica has one week to respond to Marcus’s perplexing marriage proposal. During this time, she gains surprising wisdom from unexpected sources, including a popular talk show shrink, a drag queen named Royalle G. Biv, and yes, even her parents. But the most shocking confession concerns two people she thought had nothing to hide: Hope and Marcus.
Will this knowledge inspire Jessica to give up a world of late-night literary soirees, art openings, and downtown drunken karaoke to move back to New Jersey and be with the one man who’s gripped her heart for years? Jessica ponders this and other life choices with her signature snark and hyper-intense insight, making it the most tumultuous and memorable week of her twenty-something life.
If you’ve read my past reviews of the Jessica Darling series then you know just how much I love them. They are witty, hilarious and even though my life is so different from Jessica’s, they are super easy to relate to. Jessica’s antics never cease to get a reaction from me, whether it be giggling, swooning, or humiliation on her behalf, there is always something. All of that being said, Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty was not nearly as good as the first three.
I think one of the reasons I didn’t like it as much is because it takes place over a very short period of time. A week if I remember correctly. The past books took place over a year or more. That made the pacing much slower in this one. I kind of felt bored a few times. Also, Jessica’s life just isn’t as exciting in this one. There aren’t as many crazy situations and I don’t even think it was as snarky as the past books. That made me sad.
Fourth Comings was still good, don’t get me wrong. The three previous books just set some pretty high expectations. That can’t be helped because they were amazing. I’m still very interested in seeing how the story ends, but I don’t think I’ll go into Perfect Fifths with the same expectations.