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Commencement

Sullivan, J. Courtney

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A sparkling debut novel: a tender story of friendship, a witty take on liberal arts colleges, and a fascinating portrait of the first generation of women who have all the opportunities in the world, but no clear idea about what to choose. Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith College, Celia, Bree, Sally, and April couldn't have less in common. Celia, a lapsed Catholic, arrives with her grandmother's rosary beads in hand and a bottle of vodka in her suitcase; beautiful Bree pines for the fiancé she left behind in Savannah; Sally, pristinely dressed in Lilly Pulitzer, is reeling from the loss of her mother; and April, a radical, redheaded feminist wearing a "Riot: Don't Diet" T-shirt, wants a room transfer immediately. Together they experience the ecstatic highs and painful lows of early adulthood: Celia's trust in men is demolished in one terrible evening, Bree falls in love with someone she could never bring home to her traditional family, Sally seeks solace in her English professor, and April realizes that, for the first time in her life, she has friends she can actually confide in. When they reunite for Sally's wedding four years after graduation, their friendships have changed, but they remain fiercely devoted to one another. Schooled in the ideals of feminism, they have to figure out how it applies to their real lives in matters of love, work, family, and sex. For Celia, Bree, and Sally, this means grappling with one-night stands, maiden names, and parental disapproval--along with occasional loneliness and heartbreak. But for April, whose activism has become her life's work, it means something far more dangerous. Written with radiant style and a wicked sense of humor, Commencement not only captures the intensity of college friendships and first loves, but also explores with great candor the complicated and contradictory landscape facing young women today.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0307270742
9780307270740
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 324 p. cm

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Jun 24, 2014
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

At first, I thought this would be another chick-lit book, an easy sumer read. That is not the case. The novel follows 4 Smith College students, from their first day at college, through graduaion, and into their adult lives. At times, I found the movement between character stories to be a little confusing, but the author tackles some pretty heavy concepts in these women's stories.

Dec 17, 2012
  • EdithB85 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fun, entertaining summer read!

Aug 02, 2010
  • triciakosher rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book - the story of 4 college friends who spend their time figuring out who they are while dealing with current issues of feminism. I loved how each chapter was written from the point of view of a different one of the women.

Nov 22, 2009
  • mcchan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic read - this novel follows the story of 4 young women and their relationships through very 'formative' years of their lives. Filled with fantastic feminist sentiments, it is a wonderful 'today' read.

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