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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Megan McCafferty Narrator: Ariadne Meyers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Jessica Darling Series Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780739324752
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Charmed Thirds is a witty, biting, and altogether true accounting of a girl’s journey to young womanhood, complete with all of the cringe-inducing, hilarious moments of love, shame, and uncertainty that readers will remember from their own lives. Jennifer Weiner, author of Goodnight Nobody and Good in Bed
  • Megan McCafferty rocks! Her sharp wit and keen satirical eye make her books automatic must-reads. Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries series and Size 12 Is Not Fat
  • McCafferty captures the college years with incredible grace and insight. Charmed Thirds is a wondrous, heroically honest trip back to a time when you were two-thirds done becoming yourself, and tumbling head over heels the rest of the way. Joseph Weisberg, author of 10th Grade
  • Megan McCafferty’s series about Jessica Darling (in college now) has only improved with age. Charmed Thirds is funny, smart, and irresistible. Valerie Frankel, author of The Accidental Virgin and Fringe Girl
  • Megan McCafferty puts Jessica Darling through college in Charmed Thirds, and in the process turns her from a tart-tongued New Jersey high school philosopher into a heart-wrenching representation of all things uncertain. If she’s not careful, she might end up with a heroine for our times. Ned Vizzini, author of Be More Chill and It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings and now Charmed Thirds may be about a young woman's amusing and rocky journey to adulthood, but they are smart and accomplished enough to delight all readers. Jessica's an original, but her problems are universal, and McCafferty is formidably adept at channeling her self-deprecating, wise-guy voice. If you don't see yourself in Jessica Darling, you're not looking hard enough Chicago Tribune
  • "It's Jessica, her wit and, especially, her utterly droll take on life, that draws readers (fans of the series include adult women as well as teens) into McCafferty's books. Entirely too smart for her own good, Jessica offers brilliant and cutting insights into the world of the adolescent about-to-be-a-woman Chicago Sun Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Prather | 2/17/2014

    " Ah, I love Jessica. I'm probably going to have to go back and read the first two in the series, but I enjoyed Jess's ups and downs, confusion and frustration. I sympathize with her in the boy department as well. However, her outlook on school annoys me slightly, due to her whiney entries on her Ivey league education lamenting about how she doesn't know what to do with her life. Like really, her parents readily dropped a hundred grand on her schooling, you'd think she'd major in something she was seriously considering as a living. Alas, she is only a character. And the ever evasive Marcus keeps the reader wondering if they'll stay together or if he's going to be kicked to the curb. Jess's wit and snark makes me giggle; I hope to pick up book 4. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/16/2014

    " Fabulous. Megan McCafferty is fabulous. I like that the books get more complex as the characters get older. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/7/2014

    " I'd actually give this a 2.5. Not my favourite of the series, so far. But I'll keep reading, if for no other reason than wanting to see what happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Russell | 1/31/2014

    " I sort of wanted to slap Jessica in this one, but it was still really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angieleigh | 1/26/2014

    " With the completion of this third book I know understand why I continued reading after the second. Even though it jumped all over and I was pretty sure that Jessica Darling was going to be committed any page now, the ending made me realize why I couldn't stop reading. I was as drawn to her as she was to Marcus and observing everyone else in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Bielski | 1/19/2014

    " Blah. Why does Jess still love Marcus? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 robin | 1/19/2014

    " this was definitely my least favorite of all of the books. marcus is INCREDIBLY frustrating & confusing, & frankly, it's just not that interesting at some points. also, her little flings with other boys are just kind of like... what? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danine Spencer | 12/5/2013

    " I can't explain why, but I have been totally sucked by this series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 11/20/2013

    " another good read in the jessica darling series. while i admit that she got on my nerves sometimes with her angst, it was still a good read, nonetheless. I'm eager to start Fourth Comings since Charmed Thirds ended so bittersweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercy | 10/14/2013

    " Jessica "Dahling" is Georgia Nicholson in college :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 8/15/2013

    " Yeah, no. Either these didn't age well or I've matured a lot (or both), but wow. Jessica Darling is insufferable, so is Marcus Flutie, and what's with the constant little snide asides about feminism? And also about being a stay at home mom, oddly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jandra | 11/5/2012

    " The third installment of the Jessica Darling series was just ok in comparison to the first two. I hope the fourth novel is a little more promising "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Es | 9/12/2012

    " After rereading the first two books of this series from my teenage years, I decided to buy the third to find out what happened with Jessica Darling. The book did not disappoint and I probably need to buy the last two books now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonelle | 8/6/2012

    " The juiciest stuff is out of the way in the first two books of the series. Nonetheless I kept reading because, on the other hand, I felt a little like I might as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/13/2012

    " They keep getting worse but I suppose I'm in it for the long haul. I can never stop reading a series once I start. One thing is for sure: I will not be recommending these books to the teens I just started working with at my friend's church. I don't think the leadership would be impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. B | 2/1/2012

    " Recommended for readers of the first two Jessica books (Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings), but it's definitely NOT the best in the series. The author crams all of J's college experience into one book, with disappointing results. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercy | 5/24/2011

    " Jessica "Dahling" is Georgia Nicholson in college :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/8/2011

    " The third book about Jessica Darling chronicles Jess's time in college at Columbia University. It was longer than the other two and did seem to possess a slightly "older" tone. It was a good read and a good addition to the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 5/5/2011

    " 2.5 stars. Not charming, unfortunately, just quite pointless. Oh, how I loved you in your first two books Jessica Darling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel Ann | 4/30/2011

    " Though I still adore it, Charmed Thirds is my least favorite installment of the Jessica Darling story. I found it depressing that she did not like the school of her dreams, and her time broken up with Marcus is too upsetting for me to handle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " Not as strong as the first two, but an interesting addition to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 3/11/2011

    " I LOVED this. It was so interesting to see the character mature and evolve. I feel like I'm growing up with her. Some of the Marcus stuff was random but great book! "

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About the Author
Author Megan McCafferty

Megan McCafferty is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series, Bumped, and Thumped. Her work has received honors from the American Library Association and the New York Public Library. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and son.

About the Narrator

Ariadne Meyers, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1969. She began an acting career at twelve, with her role as Al Pacino’s stepdaughter in Author! Author! Her most famous role to date is that of “Emma Jane McCardle,” which she portrayed on the 1980s sitcom Kate & Allie for six years. In 1991, she graduated from Yale with honors and a double major in philosophy and theater arts.