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 uberhip 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.
"Will keep eager teens, and teens-at-heart, turning the pages." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCafferty portrays the hope, the struggles, and the heartbreak of college life through the trials and tribulations of her winsome heroine." (Booklist)
At first, I was a little worried. There were a couple of references I didn't quite catch/get. I'm 34 - and thought "Am I too old for this book? Am I going to be able to relate to all of this angst?" But soon, those fears dissolved - the narration was wonderful - and made the book an enjoyable listen. It's a fun book: the story kept my attention, I never once was bored or wanted to fast forward. It had a sweet little ending. It's a good, light, summer listen.
I guess that's the best way to describe it... it kept me interested. It was a little dissatisfying at the end but the journey through her life was captivating. You kept on thinking, ok this is where the story is going and than it takes sharp turn. Good listen, overall!