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Perfect Fifths: A Novel [Hardcover]

Megan McCafferty
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April 14 2009 Jessica Darling Novels
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. As she rushes to her gate at the airport, she literally runs into her former boyfriend, Marcus Flutie. It’s the first time she's seen him since she reluctantly turned down his marriage proposal three years earlier–and emotions run high.

Marcus and Jessica have both changed dramatically, yet their connection feels as familiar as ever. Is their reunion just a fluke or has fate orchestrated this collision of their lives once again?

Told partly from Marcus’s point of view, Perfect Fifths finally lets readers inside the mind of the one person who’s both troubled and titillated Jessica Darling for years. Expect nothing less than the satisfying conclusion fans have been waiting for, one perfect in its imperfection. . . .

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Praise for The Jessica Darling Series

“Megan McCafferty’s hilarious coming-of-age novels are getting better as Jess gets older. . . . Acidly funny, imaginatively profane and, above all, a sharp reflection of the what-do-I-do-now, postcollege dilemma.”
Miami Herald

“Judy Blume meets Dorothy Parker.”
The Wall Street Journal

“McCafferty looks at travails with humor as well as heart.”

“Jessica offers brilliant and cutting insights into the world of the adolescent about-to-be-a-woman.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“The books are a springboard for McCafferty’s hilarious pop-culture riffs. . . . The series has won her a legion of fans, from teens and college students to twentysomethings, mothers, and the occasional grandmother.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars The End We've All Been Hoping For April 21 2009
By Eva Kuo
As the fifth and final installment in the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty, Perfect Fifths does not disappoint. This book is a gift for those already familiar with the series. McCafferty steps away from the format she used for the previous four. Instead of reading "journal entries" written by Jessica's character that span months or years, we are privvy to a third person view inside both Jessica's head and her on and off soulmate Marcus Flutie's psyche...and it all takes place within 24 hours.

I personally really enjoyed this book. I read it in a bit of a rush because I REALLY wanted to find out what happened. Possibly because of this, some of the conversations seemed to drag. However, there are some really lovely bits of exchange between the two main characters. I don't want to give it away, so you'll have to find out what it is for yourself! This is a really personal and intimate story that will warm your heart as well as make you laugh out loud. It is definitely a book that you can read again and again, especially if you're already a fan of Jessica & Marcus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait! April 17 2009
Like many of the fans, I have grown up with the books, even to the extreme that the protagonist Jessica and I are merely only a year apart in age from the date the books would be released. They have always given me an insight on the future and help me cope with what I am currently dealing with, which never seems to be far from what Jessica is dealing with.

Perfect Fifths is a bittersweet ending to the series. Megan McCafferty changes the pace of the previous books by alternating the storyteller between Jessica and Marcus, where as before Jessica was the sole speaker. It makes sense because in the first book she kept a journal as to not go insane when Hope left. In the second book, she is required to keep a journal for SPECIAL. In the third, due to academic demands, she is only able to write during the holidays and in the fourth, she writes in the request of Marcus and her weeklong decision. As a working 26-year old, Jessica does not have time for journal entries, so the style is a nice change.

In revealing this side of Marcus, I almost felt a little let down. Yes, it was nice to finally see his side of things, but it almost ruined the mystical image of him that has been so carefully constructed throughout the whole series. Don't we all wish that we could get into our (once) significant others' heads to find out what they are honestly thinking? Sometimes knowing too much can be harder to handle. I'm not sure if I can go back and read the previous four novels now that I am that much more aware of his vulnerable, geeky side.

Far from this being a negative view, I very much throughly enjoyed this book. I do wish it was a tad longer, but I love how short the time frame was and how much knowledge could be put forth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect in its imperfection! April 9 2009
By L. Ly
Well, it's finally here. The fifth-and final-Jessica Darling book. And boy, was it worth the wait.

The book takes place over an 18 hour period in and around an airport. It's been 3 years since Jessica turned down Marcus' desperate and spontaneous marriage proposal. He hears her name being announced over the airport intercom. Suddenly, before he knows it, Jessica and Marcus (emotionally and literally) collide into one another and so it begins: the final chapter in the Jessica Darling/Marcus Flutie saga.

The old players are all present (in some form): Bethany, Hope, Sara, Manda, Bridget, Percy, Len, Marin, Scotty, Hy, Paul, and Mac. Even Tom Jones, who has been a major player in the Marcus and Jessica relationship, takes centre stage at some point. So fifths is not just the concluding chapter of Jessica and Marcus, it concludes the story of all our beloved Pineville characters.

Although the previous books were told from the perspective of Jessica, primarily writing in her journal, Fifths is told partly from the point of view from Marcus. This was my favourite aspect of this book. Through 4 books, the readers have come to know Jessica and we've seen the progression of the Marcus/Jessica relationship through her eyes. But Marcus has remained as elusive as ever. We've always known that he loves her, but why? When did he fall in love with her? What goes through his head when he is with her? Now we know. And trust me when I say this: it's amazing.

My only fault with the book is that we don't have more of Marcus' perspective. Although reading the book is already bittersweet, reading Marcus' words and thoughts is even more so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :D Dec 11 2013
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Absolutely love Jessica Darling, she's a best friend I crave to spend time with! I do really reccommend for any teenager!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too June 18 2009
PERFECT FIFTHS gives the reader the conclusion to the ongoing highs and lows of the relationship between Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie. For those that have been with them from the beginning, you will recall that they met in high school. Marcus was the druggie best friend of Jessica's best friend, Hope's, brother. The couple, the most unlikely in the school, get together, and they make perfect sense. The rest of the series covers the ins and outs of their relationship. FOURTH COMINGS left the reader stunned when Jessica says "No" to Marcus's marriage proposal.

So, in PERFECT FIFTHS, it only makes sense that the two will have to run into each other at some point. They're from the same town and know the same people. But currently Jessica lives in New York City and Marcus is an undergraduate at Princeton. It's in the most unlikely place that their destined reunion occurs - the airport.

Marcus and his college roommate, Natty, have returned from New Orleans. They're in the airport when Marcus hears a Jessica Darling being paged for final boarding. He can't believe it could be her, but as he's checking the departure board to see where the called flight is headed for, he's literally run into. He's too stunned to discover that the person that has run him down is, in fact, HIS Jessica Darling.

Out of breath, late for her flight, and too confused with everything going on, Jessica is struck dumb when she sees who she's about to apologize to. She mumbles a quick conversation and is off for her gate again. But it's too late, and her flight is gone. When she learns that the chances of a flight that night are next to nil, she and Marcus begin their cerebral dance once again.
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