I can’t even begin to tell you how many book lists I’ve pinned with Graduates in Wonderland on it.
If you were curious and haven’t checked out my “Books Worth Reading” board, why not take a look? I can only dream of reading all the books on it.
Written by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale, it follows the life of two friends after graduating from college. The book is comprised of e-mails written back and forth between the two during a three year period.
I’m not one for reading autobiographical novels. If I’m going to read a novel, I just prefer it to be fiction. Why is this? I’m not sure. I guess I associate nonfiction with boring… Graduated in Wonderland was not boring. In fact, I don’t recall a single boring moment of this book. I’m pretty picky on my books, but this book I would give a 10/10. It was funny, sad, exciting, heartbreaking, and most importantly it was true. Knowing that what I was reading really happened blew this out of the water for me. What I loved most was how realistic these women were.
I’m sure that there is a lot of their life they cut out or summed up, but what they did leave in was brilliant.
“Sam’s found temp work in Sydney but is planning to find a way to move to Melbourne sometime after I start my master’s program (if I get in). If I don’t get in, then I have no idea what I’ll do. Maybe move to the Chinese countryside to sell eggs, as I’ve always feared, because I’ll have no other option”
If someone asked me what life is like after graduating I would hand them this book. I graduated a few years ago (yes, years with an “s”), so this book hit home. I thought it’d be a dull memoir, or one full of two girls bragging about what they did. Instead it’s literary gold. I’d honestly recommend every college graduate to read this book. I’m sure even high school graduates could agree.
It’s witty, fun, full of emotion, fast paced and a great well written book. I can only judge this from the perspective of someone who just graduated, but I’m sure all ages (meaning HS graduate and up) could enjoy this.
I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite scenes:
“Speaking of half-bloods, have I told you that I’ve been reading the final Harry Potter book? During my first week here, I was desperate and it was the only English book I could find. However, I made the mistake of first buying a fake one off the street. It was called Harry Potter and Leopard Walk-Up to Dragon. It was essentially bad translations of the Lord of the Rings, with Harry Potter characters inserted. I’ll try to send one to you. Here’s how it begins: “Harry doesn’t know how long it will take to wash the sticky cream cake off his face. For a civilised young man it is disgusting to have dirt on any part of his body.” He sounds a little OCD to me in this version. Fucking gold. Read it and weep, J.K. Rowling”
|Library = Free(but worth buying)||Took me about 3 days. It’s 285 pages. I read about a year a day.|
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|I wish they had a blog I could follow to keep up with these two. I want to know what happens next. Oh wait, what’s that?? www.graduatesinwonderland.com|
|Inspiring, emotional, hilarious. One of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. It was a surprise book and I cannot be grateful enough for finding it.|