Sunday, June 29, 2014

Book Review

Graduates in Wonderland
by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Disclaimer:  I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

Jessica and Rachel have just graduated college and are trying to figure out what's supposed to come next.  Jessica has moved to Beijing without a plan and Rachel is working at an art gallery in New York.  This memoir chronicles the next three years of their lives in shared emails.

Both girls are brutally honest with each other about everything, including all their career woes and romantic issues.  It's nice to see such honesty when it comes to this chapter in people's lives.  Most of the time we're expected to have our futures all figured out as soon as we graduate, but it isn't always that easy.  And degrees like journalism and art history don't necessarily guarantee immediate job placement. 

Rachel and Jessica definitely don't have everything figured out yet, but they have an amazing time trying.  Both women travel to different countries, but being separated doesn't lessen the strength of their friendship.  They start brand new jobs, quit perfect ones, get their hearts broken and almost break the hearts of others.  Rachel and Jessica are all of us, because we don't know what we're doing either.

Read this if you're supposed to be a grown up but don't know the rules yet.  Spoiler Warning: It turns out they're aren't any rules.

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