Audience: Older Teens/New Adults
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Jessica Darling’s in college!
Things are looking up for Jessica Darling. She has finally left her New Jersey hometown/hellhole for Columbia University in New York City; she’s more into her boyfriend, Marcus Flutie, than ever (so what if he’s at a Buddhist college in California?); and she’s making new friends who just might qualify as stand-ins for her beloved best friend, Hope.
But Jessica soon realizes that her bliss might not last. She lands an internship at a snarky Brooklyn-based magazine, but will she fit in with the überhip staff (and will she even want to)? As she and Marcus hit the rocks, will she end up falling for her GOPunk, neoconservative RA . . . or the hot (and married!) Spanish grad student she’s assisting on a summer project . . . or the oh-so-sensitive emo boy down the hall? Will she even make it through college now that her parents have cut her off financially? And what do the cryptic one-word postcards from Marcus really mean?
With hilarious insight, the hyperobservant Jessica Darling struggles through her college years—and the summers in between—while maintaining her usual mix of wit, cynicism, and candor.
Jessica Darling is growing up. I didn't identify with her as much in this book. The married guy - kind of bothered me. The whole thing with Marcus - kinda bothered me, too. Another thing - I worked through college and paid for it all myself. I didn't go Ivy League or anything, but sometimes I had two jobs. So it bothers me when someone whines that their parents are going to stop paying for things for them, and then have trouble keeping a job. (Does this sound familiar? Because it reminded me of the TV show Girls.)
Anyway, I think this book was a bridge of sorts. I think it was stuff that Jessica had to go through in order to get to the fourth book, which I am looking forward to reading. I did enjoy reading this one, in spite of the first paragraph of the review. Change is always hard, and the second book was SO AMAZING, of course the third one isn't going to be as good. I love reading Jessica Darling's thoughts on life, and I am so glad we FINALLY got to meet Hope!
If we don't get to read about the road trip in the fourth book, I will be horribly upset.