Perfect Fifths

Perfect Fifths (Jessica Darling #5)
by Megan McCafferty
Published 2009 by Crown Publishers
255 pages. Hardcover.
Rating: 5/5

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 conversation feels as familiar as ever. Is their reunion just a fluke or has fate orchestrated this collision of their lives once again?

I almost forgot how much I adore Jessica and Marcus. I mean, I knew I was very invested in their story because I was incredibly disappointed after the last book and had to take a break. The way it ended was too depressing for me. This book made up for that. I loved every second of it and devoured it in every spare moment I had.

Jessica is her usual snarky self, but she has a little more direction this time. She’s made most of the decisions about where her life is going in her three years away from Marcus. Marcus has done the same. That’s right, the same guy who spent a year being silent in the desert has his future on track. They both seem to be doing great without each other… until they run into each other. After that, things get complicated and completely outrageous. There’s awkwardness, tenderness, some major soul searching, and total craziness. Also, there’s some lust, but what else would you expect from these two?

I will admit that there were a few times that I was skimming, but I wanted a little less of their contemplation and more of their conversation. When Jess and Marcus get together the wit is almost too much. I love it. I promise you’ll be laughing out loud and their exchanges. The best part is being able to know what’s going on inside Marcus’s head. He’s been so shrouded in mystery through this series. Now we actually know what he’s thinking, and it makes the book much more interesting.

Perfect Fifths is just the ending to their story I’ve been waiting for: something completely unexpected.

Two side notes! First, I didn’t think there would actually be a music reference, but Marcus goes on for a few minutes about perfect fifths. He explains what they are to Jessica. I totally geeked out over his mini music theory lesson. I love when I come across things like that in literature. Second, forgive me for being such an idiot, but I just noticed the cute object on each book cover where it says “a novel.” They’re all references to things in the books: the note Marcus gave Jess, the T-shirt he wore, the postcards he sent, wedding rings, and airline wings. Cute!

Prude Filter: This book contains profanity and sexual content. Probably best for older teens.

Source: Homewood Public Library. Homewood, AL.
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Other books in this series:
Sloppy Firsts: A Jessica Darling NovelSecond Helpings: A Jessica Darling NovelCharmed Thirds: A Jessica Darling NovelFourth Comings: A Jessica Darling Novel

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