Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty
(Jessica Darling #4)
Published: 8-7-07 by Crown
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Is the real world ready for Jessica Darling?
At first it seems she’s living the New York City dream. She’s subletting an apartment with her best friend, working for a magazine that actually cares about her psychology degree, and still deeply in love with the charismatic Marcus Flutie.
But reality is more complicated than dreamy clichés.
When Marcus proposes—giving her only one week to answer—Jessica must decide if she’s ready 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.
Design – Jennifer O’Connor Photo – Holger Winkler Rating – 3/5
I keep feeling less and less like the cover photo is of Jess. I wish that there was a single, silver ring shown on the cover, instead of the two gold rings because that would make it a stronger and more detailed connection to the book. And I still don’t understand why there’s one random letter in the title that’s a different color.
The fourth book of a series is pretty much the limit of my attention span. This fourth book just leaves me feeling a bit burnt out on Jessica and her life to be honest. I just want her to make a decision about anything! Marcus, her friends…something.
- Hope – We finally get to see Hope and Jessica together for a good amount of time, even thought they’re both wrapped up in their own lives. It was great to read about their friendship, after just hearing about how awesome Hope was for three entire books. I was glad that the relationship between them wasn’t portrayed as being perfect. They had a pretty significant argument and it wasn’t just talked out in a few minutes.
- reactions to proposal – I liked all of the different reactions to Marcus’ proposal. Jess’ friends all have different advice for her. I’m so glad that it wasn’t like most stories where everyone instantly loses their personality and says of course the girl has to say yes right away. I really appreciated Hope’s response, that an out-of-the-blue proposal was “just so Marcus.”
- Marin – Jess’s relationship with Bethany may not be all that great sometimes, but her relationship with her niece is great. Marin is adorable and thinks Jess is wonderful. She looks up to her so much. Spending some time babysitting a 4 year old is probably good for Jess anyway – a nice break from her life.
- Jess’ parents – I think it surprises Jess that her parents understand her and get what she’s dealing with. She tends to only see them as a force to go up against while she’s going through her own issues that they have no idea exist. But we get to see her have a real heart-to-heart with each of them and realize that they know her a lot better than she thinks they do.
- timespan – While the 3rd book covered Jess’ entire time in college, this book covers only a single week of her life. My brain still can’t quite catch up to the fact the Jessica’s a 22 year old college grad, instead of an 18 year old fresh out of high school. She somehow still has all of the same people drama and it feels like not much happened at all in the 3rd book.
- Manda, Shea, Sara, Len, etc. – Jess’ high school friends are all stuck doing the same kind of drama they’ve always done. Even Bridget and Percy are stirring up some gossip. I hate that Bridget is relegated to being a sounding board for Jess’ crazy love life, rather than getting to be an actual character or friend. Meanwhile, Manda, with the addition of the completely manner-free Shea, is a regular sighting due to Jessica’s living arrangements.
- Jess’ reaction to Marcus – Jessica’s reaction to Marcus starting school at Princeton is totally logical, but the way (drunk) in which she tells Marcus how she feels about his being a 23 year old freshman makes her look like a jerk. She has some valid points, but she doesn’t consider Marcus’ position at all and makes it all about herself.
- “It matters because when it came down to choosing to confide in you or me, he chose you. Which means that your relationship must run pretty deep.” Hope didn’t disagree. “What if you had never moved? How do I know that he wouldn’t have ended up with you?” “I didn’t want him!” “But did he want you?” Hope paused for a moment before answering, “No.” That seemingly insignificant silence contained the truth. And she knew it, too. “Yes he did,” I said. “At one time he must have.” – Jessica + Hope pg. 180-181
- “Do you want to go with him? Because he’s practically a stranger. And how do you know for sure that he’s really Marcus’ brother?” “What, you think he’s a rapist who lurks around WaWas all day claiming to be Marcus Flutie’s brother in hopes of luring unsuspecting women to his pickup truck?” We both attempted a surreptitious glance at your brother, who caught us in the act. He smiled and waved. We smiled and waved back. “Of course he’s Marcus’ brother.” – Jessica + her mom pg. 230