Jessica Darling, the witty narrator of Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, is back with this third installment covering her college years. While her high school boyfriend Marcus is at a Buddhist college in California, Jessica is attending Columbia in New York. She is majoring in psychology instead of writing or journalism, and didn’t even write in her journal her freshman year. She looks forward to her summer internship at a hip magazine, but worries about being separated from Marcus.
I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, which may be to blame for my disappointment in this novel. When I first started reading it, I thought I had picked up a volume of Gossip Girl instead. The voice didn’t sound like Jessica’s and I was surprised by the amount of swearing. Eventually I got into it and enjoyed most of the characters, but it just didn’t have the same feel as the other two in the series. It’s definitely more Chick Lit than YA. I think I would have enjoyed it much more if it had been a stand alone novel with a completely different main character, because it felt like a different narrator anyway.
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