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 Two best friends document their post college lives in a hilarious relatable and powerfully honest epistolary memoir   Fast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in depth and brutally honest weekly e mails After graduation Jess packs up everyt. This exchange of e mails between the two authors in their years after graduating from Brown is compulsively readable They write about their social lives and careers in a balanced way and recent graduates will relate strongly Both authors are articulate funny and honest and the reader can see wisdom developing from experience

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Hing she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and to figure out her love life Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries including France China and Australia Through their messages from around the world they swap tales of teaching classes of milita. First off I LOVE THIS BOOK This is the first time I ve been comped a book and have whole heartedly enjoyed it Jess and Rachel s emails felt like conversations with my friends not only because they were immediately perfectly characterized but also because the things that they wondered about or mistakes they made or observations they had was all stuff I wondereddidthought too I felt like my crazier moments were vindicated other people worry about this too but also some of the ways I think about the world and growing up and all that adult stuff And for a book framed in casual emails they do a remarkable job of evoking their settings Beijing New York Malaysia Paris Australia London even Amarillo And the descriptions of food THE FOOD I have never been hungry for Chinese street food or pain au chocolat Very artfully done The only reason I didn t give this book 55 is because it isn t high literature but it is a damn good read funny insightful interesting will make you want to eat Chinese food and well worth your time even if it won t make you a better person

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Ry men running a magazine and flirting in foreign languages along with the hard stuff from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate no holds barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood Named one of Jennifer Weiner's Top Ten Beach Reads. Many months ago I was writing a review on another book from the Books for Lost Twenty somethings category Upon finishing that book I was rejuvenated and able to continue the day to day process of life Appreciating it for what it was from the perspective of that book However that fuel started to fizzle out as I knew it would and it became obvious that I needed something elseEnter Graduates in WonderlandThis book is written in the form of back and forth emails between friends Jess and Rachel who have promised to keep in touch about their lives after graduating from college Jess is living in fast paced Beijing learning Mandarin by day eating noodles by night and trying to break into the Journalism industry the rest of the time and also trying to figure out where the gorgeous Brazilian god sleeping in her bed came from Rachel on the other hand moved to New York to pursue a future in the art world while simultaneously trying to keep herself from falling apart with the help of her therapist and the prospects of going back to France Along with trying to figure out the rest of their lives they are both actively seeking The Oneor at least The One For Right NowFilled with relatable moments of happiness love success anxiety and even crippling disappointment Graduates in Wonderland proved to be a source of comfort as I begin my second year out of college I found myself laughing at their wit worrying with their fears and celebrating their successes Above all else though I found myself filled with hope Something I have not had in a very long time because if Jess and Rachel could change jobs make friends find love and even uproot their lives to move to different continents all whilst maintaining a sense of sanity and the stereotypical messy room of the average twenty something then I sure as hell can navigate these waters tooI ve found that so many books out there are written for the soon to be college grad or the incoming college freshman with nothing for those of us on the other side wondering what we re supposed to be doing nowwhere we re supposed to be going from hereBut this one This one is for usFor the wandering twenty something minds too far in to be new but not uite far enough along to be expertsRach and Jess are proof enough that one day we ll all be able to settle down out of the dreamy dazed blur of Wonderland that there is hope and possibility and opportunities to be had out thereNow you might be thinking to yourself Did she really get all of that from a 284 page bookYes Yes I did


10 thoughts on “Graduates in Wonderland

  1. says:

    This exchange of e mails between the two authors in their years after graduating from Brown is compulsively readable They write abou

  2. says:

    This book should be considered MANDATORY reading for all 20 somethings and post grads As someone who is trying to figure out those post college years I related a lot to the voices of Jessica and Rachel Jessica and Rachel are best friends from college and on the night of their graduation they make a pact to send an e mail to each other once a week of a no holds barred account of what's going on in their life I wish I would of thoug

  3. says:

    Two best friends document their post college lives via honest witty and sometimes very sad emails Jessica has moved to China on a whim while Rachel tries to get into the art world in New York They detail their goals fears love lives and across the span of three yearsI really enjoyed this book Right off the bat it had me l

  4. says:

    First off I LOVE THIS BOOK This is the first time I've been comped a book and have whole heartedly enjoyed it Jess and Rachel's emails felt like conversations with my friends not only because they were immediately perfectly characterized but also because the things that they wondered about or mistakes they made or observations they had was all stuff I wondereddidthought too I felt like my crazier moments were vindicated other peop

  5. says:

    Can I be friends with Jessica and Rachel? I really want to be a part of this email friendship after reading this book I could relat

  6. says:

    Like a YA book but for people in their 20s

  7. says:

    Many months ago I was writing a review on another book from the Books for Lost Twenty somethings category Upon finishing that book I was rejuvenated and able to continue the day to day process of life Appreciating it for what it was from the perspective of that book However that fuel started to fizzle out as I knew it would and it became obvious that I needed something elseEnter Graduates in WonderlandThis bo

  8. says:

    I LOVED this book I love books that give you a glimpse into another person's or persons lifelives without getting too insa

  9. says:

    I almost can't believe that I'm giving such a fluffy book 4 stars but it was such a fun and hilarious read This book is a mostly non fiction collection of emails from two best friends in the years immediately following college and they are funny candid and witty If you've ever been a young adult struggling to find your place in the world o

  10. says:

    I loved loved loved this book Read it straight through Laughed cried Can't wait to read from these two