Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

From Amazon: 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?

Perfect Fifths is a perfect end to a brilliant series. Everything is tied up nicely and, luckily, it all ended up how I wanted it to.

I was so caught up in Jessica and Marcus that I didn't put this book down until I'd finished it. Even then, I was reluctant to let it go. I feel like I've grown up with these characters, and they really do feel like old friends. It was great to hear how all our favourite characters are doing, including Bridget and Percy, Paul Parlipiano and even Manda. Of course, Jessica and Marcus are the main focus of this story, and rightly so, too. They rock.

The way McCafferty wrote Perfect Fifths is very different to the previous four books in the series. It's written in omniscient third person, which is a huge change from Jessica's first person narrative that we've become so accustomed to. It fit the characters well, and it was so good to finally know what Marcus was thinking in that strange head of his.

I'm very, very happy with how this series, and Jessica's story, ended. We've been with her since she was a sophomore in high school, and we leave her as a twenty-five year old professional, with everything as it should be. It's been quite a journey, and I can't wait to revisit these books in a few years. I'm excited to see what Megan McCafferty comes up with next, and if it's even half as good as this series, it will be amazing.

If you haven't yet read any of the Jessica Darling books, I would highly recommend that you do. They're some of the best books I've ever read, and are both realistic and witty. They're filled with clever pop-culture references, and I still can't listen to Barry Manilow without thinking about Jessica, Marcus and the Caddie that helped to start it all. Showman of Our Time, indeed.


Kate said...

Great review :)
I haven't read any of the series but "Perfect Fifths" sounds really good.

Chicklish said...

Oh, I love this series! I almost didn't want to read your review because I didn't want to think about the series ending! I'm glad I read it, though - great review, and I love the thought of more Megan McCafferty books in future!

Liv said...

I've only read Sloppy Firsts so far and wasn't so fond of it but I have Second Helpings on my shelf so I'm going to give the series another go. I'm really hoping that I like it. :)

Steph Su said...

Yay, I'm glad you ended up liking this too! It really does seem like the end for two very good friends, doesn't it? Luckily I'm going to reread the series over and over again... for the rest of my life... :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really want to read this series. I don't think I've heard anything bad about it.