Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

If I was to create a palylist for this book:

Hot for Teacher by Van Halen
Peaceful World by John Mellencamp
Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
I Touch Myself by the Divinyls
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Can’t Smile Without You by Barry Manilow

perfectfifthsI had a better understanding of the McCafferty series that began with Sloppy Firsts having lived in New Jersey for the last 3 years than I would have had otherwise. Having flown out of Newark Airport several times brought a lot to my reading of her latest and final book in the series, Perfect Fifths (out April 14, 2009), a satisfying end of the beginning between Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie.

In Fifths, Jessica (now 26) and Marcus haven’t seen or spoken to each other for the last 3 years. A series of missteps makes Jessica late for her Caribbean-bound flight out of Newark. Marcus has just arrived from New Orleans when he hears “This is the final boarding call for passenger Jessica Darling,” over the loudspeaker. A few moments later, Jessica runs him over. What follows in the next 24 hours will keep readers on the edge of their seats, just as anxious as Jessica… just as nervous as Marcus.

What I really appreciate about this book is it’s ability to remind you of the past (books 1-4) without the tedious and lengthy summary passages that so many others employ (Harry Potter, for example).

McCafferty includes much more sexually explicit details in this book, making it more appropriate for the college-age teen up to a 30ish age adult. Her characters name drop, always seeking to impress, and this would also be difficult for a teen to appreciate or follow. And yet it all works.

[****SPOILER ALERT****]

My only discomfort comes from a five-page chapter that I understand to be stream-of-consciousness technique following Jessica’s broken, caption-like thoughts during intercourse with Marcus.

ocrchestration manipulation
the one who changed my life
made him forget all the other girls who came before
maelstrom of lost love
laughing hard loud crazy

christ that feels good.

Hum. Perhaps it’s more the change-up in narrative style than the content the unsettled me (although GRE words don’t generally make it into my thoughts during intimate moments). As I think about it, a lot of what passes through Jessica’s mind is understandable, given her history with Marcus.

[****END SPOILER****]

Overall, I adore this series and it’s one of the few that I borrowed from the library or friends than chose to purchase.

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