Commencement 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 bu

  • Title: Commencement
  • Author: J. Courtney Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9780307270740
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 lapsedA 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 fianc 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 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.

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    After months of Facebook ads pushing this book on me (with the headline "Vassar Grad?" no less), I succumbed as part of my project to read more fiction written for adults. Lesson learned: Don't listen to Facebook ads. Further, don't listen to blurbs from the New York Times when the author is on the editorial staff of the New York Times, and ignore blurbs from Gloria Steinem when said book contains passages of rapturous, glowing Gloria Steinem worship.The Group it ain't. This isn't even Prep. Com [...]

    Admittedly, I read this in just about one insomnia-fueled night, which probably influenced my opinion just a tad.On the plus side: I love four girls novels. When I was a kid, they were boarding school novels. Four very different girls arrive in a place, usually a boarding school, where they don't know anyone else. Despite the fact that they have nothing in common, they immediately become fast friends and their friendship lasts for decades, during which one will usually have a bad marriage and on [...]

    This is the best chick-lit book I have read in a very long time. Witty, fun, some interesting twists, and the fact that it doesn't revolve around one silly character and their strained relationship with boy X. Sullivan gives an interesting perspective on all types of relationships, something I found very refreshing. I should also say, I am from the Northampton area and really related to a lot of the book in ways others may not if you are not from that area, so I very well may be biased. In the e [...]

    Commencement is a novel about four white heterosexual women who attend a prestigious private college and later are able to stop going to work without worrying about money or giving up their premium cable packages. I mention this because the author seems not to have thought about it.The four women are shown as they attend Smith and become friends, and later as they graduate and decide how they want to live their lives. Bree and Sally seem to come from the pearls-and-cardigans school of women's-co [...]

    This book is about a group of Seven Sisters grads a few years out of college, like me, which is why I was curious enough to read it as soon as it came out. The first part of it looks back on how the friendships between them formed when they were in college. The second part has them grappling with their feminist politics in their relationships and life choices 4-5 years after graduating. The first part is steeped in the cult of the women's college, painting Smith as a queer feminist utopia. I alw [...]

    This book was, in theory, right in my wheelhouse: story of four women's college graduates, one of whom was from Savannah? Count me in, even with the pale blue cover. It had the requisite women's college in-jokes (the students are called "first-years, not freshmen, because we don't see any men around here;" the mandatory "it's a women's college, not a girl's school;" the descriptions of both LUGs and girls who end up in their pajamas for class by senior year). The most infuriating part, though, c [...]

    Before I started this book I checked out many of the reviews. I had mixed feelings. Mostly good reviews if you were a former Smithie, or knew a Smithie. Many other reviews not so good. I went ahead and began my reading.WOW. My years at college were nothing like this. Thank goodness. The storyline is a little outlandish and unbelievable to me. The second half really seemed to drag on and on. I found myself skimming pages more than reading them, just to move things along.I had a hard time acceptin [...]

    I was expecting great things from Commencement. Maybe because I went to a historically female college, like the girls who attend Smith in the book. And most of my friends are female. But the writing is awful, the plot inconceivable (especially the ending) and it reads like polished chick lit. No thanks. All four of the rotating narrators/best friends (Celia, Bree, April and Sally) are caricatures of certain types of women. April is the radical feminist who's never known her father, Celia is bubb [...]

    If you are looking to get your first novel published, it must help to work for the New York Times to get all of your press and blurbs. How else could this book have gotten published?If you have attended Smith, especially during the early 2000s, this has some entertaining Smith-specific jargon and tidbits (like the trans character named Toby how many trans Tobys were there at Smith by 2004? I lost count).If you haven't, I guess you would like this book if you were looking for a breezy summer read [...]

    At first I loved this book and thought it was my generation's great feminist novel. The story is about four friends who meet at Smith, and trials and tribulations of their friendships. Sullivan does a great job capturing life at a women's college turn of the millenia-- the running around, the chasing of boys, the trying on of different ideologies. Also it was one of the first books I've read in a while that honestly draws in feminist theory, as the women in the story discuss the choices they hav [...]

    I really wanted to love this book. It's written by a Smithie, about Smithies, and the scenes that took place at Smith made me really, really miss college. She captured Smith exactly right, except for the part about the student sleeping with the professor (could we PLEASE have ONE book/movie/play/story about a women's college student that does NOT involve sleeping with professors? PLEASE?). But the simple fact is that this is not a good book. The story is a little (maybe more than a little) outla [...]

    Amateurishly written, clunky, boring, and riddled with bad dialogue and cardboard characters. And I went to a school not unlike Smith in some ways, so you'd think I'd be interested. I soldiered on for 49 pages and gave up. (I don't even care if there's going to be a torrid lesbian love affair, which I rather assume there will be.)I'm editing to add that I see a lot of people comparing this (favorably) to Curtis Sittenfeld's "Prep," which I have also read. "Prep" is by far the superior book, in m [...]

    Three is pushing it, but I can't deny that this was a fast read and at times very interesting. HOwever it most certianly did not live up to its NY Times review (I was suspicious since Sullivan has written for them and they always stick up for their own kind).This story centers around four girls who meet at Smith and the friendship that ensues. The characters are sketched with about as much originality and depth as those Candy Heart girls or whatever that series was called, where each stereotypic [...]

    Here's the thing: I knew after reading the last page of Commencement that I was going to keep reading Sullivan's work. (Matter of fact, I'm excited to pick up The Engagements here soon.) I say that first and foremost because what I loved best about this book is her talent. This story? At times? Ehhhh not so much.I mean, I loved the characters—Bree, Sally, April, and Celia. I loved that they were experiencing college together, sharing in 20-something memories that in many ways felt both familia [...]

    I wanted to like this book far more than I ultimately did. The first 1/3 of the novel reminded me so strongly of the relationships that I developed with my closest friends from college - the initial, bumbling attempts to get through homesickness together during freshman year, the arguments and disagreements as we grew and changed, together and individually, by senior year and everything in between. And while my college experience was, in many ways, markedly different from the all-woman's-college [...]

    I loved the first half of this book and think every Seven Sisters grad will get a kick out of Commencement. I think the NYTBR raises a lot of points that I also had about the book and I'll leave it at that. I thought some of the various twists in the second half of the book were frustrating, but I see how the author is demonstrating the challenge of living with (perhaps too many) choices. I think it's worth mentioning that the comparisons to Prep do this book a gross disservice. It's a far bette [...]

    Trigger warnings: lesbophobia, fat-shaming, sexual assault, abuse, biphobia.I'm so disgusted. The lesbophobia and biphobia of this book is so terrible. The characters literally say that it is a "lesbian phase". Not only they erase bisexuality, but they also are implying that lesbians are not real. I mean, one of the characters say that "being a lesbian is fun". And then we have sexual assault as a plot twist. And it kind of ends as a secret, because the character doesn't believe it was sexual as [...]

    If you're like me, and you enjoy reading reviews of a book BEFORE you decide to purchase it, you have undoubtedly already read many other reviews for Commencement. Therefore, you have probably noticed that those reviews are pretty mixed (Although, admittedly, the positive ones seem to slightly outnumber the negative). I'm here to tell you that almost everything you have read about this book is correct, both the good and the bad. But despite its drawbacks, I would highly recommend Commencement, a [...]

    This book was recommended by several Smith classmates from the late '90s, but I have to say I'm deeply underwhelmed. Yes, it was fun for nostalgia's sake to read about familiar places (drinking at Packard's, skinny dipping in Paradise Pond, etc), and to recall those first few disorienting days after arrival as a first year (keeping straight all the acronyms, HONS and SAAs and JMG and so on). But beyond that pleasant jolt of recognition of the general, I was put off by how much I did not recogniz [...]

    this is my second j courtney sullivan novel and it oddly left me feeling EXACTLY like the first one. i get having a gimmick or a formula that works for you, but i think writing a sort of lifetime movie version of your own story (a character from milton! a character who is a writer! a character who went to smith! a character who lives in new york! wait, those are all the same character.hhmmmmm.) is a bit dried up. particularly when you kinda do it twice's what sullivan does: she takes four women [...]

    I'm not sure I would have liked this book as much as I did if I hadn't had a very similar college experience. I went to that other women's college up the road from Smith and I graduated the year before the characters in this book would have, so the quad, Mountain Day, Amherst keg parties, and the Holyoke Mall are familiar settings. Sullivan gets the college scenes perfectly right - she has a keen eye for detail and captures grief and tension extraordinarily well. It's when the girls get out of c [...]

    I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best books I've read in the past three years. Commencement follows four women from their beginnings at Smith College through their formative years in their mid-twenties. Each of the four main characters is likable but not without their flaws, which helps readers to be able to relate to them. I was immediately drawn in because of the premise because I had a similar experience in college of finding my own group of soul sisters that helped to [...]

    Well. Perhaps it's because I'm not a Smithie that I fail to find any charm in this book; all the Smithies who've reviewed it seem to luuuuve it. All fine and good.I found little of value here: More questions are raised than are resolved, which would be one thing if it were done with more insight. Isn't it charming that all four of these women are best friends? Isn't that just super? One character has a date rape experience early on in college that leads to issues with promiscuity and possibly al [...]

    While the brief synopsis on the inside cover of this book makes it sound like another fun chick-lit read, I found it to be anything but. The 4 main characters come from varied backgrounds to attend an all women's college and become best friends. Four years later they are still best friends, despite their differences lifestyles and locations, and they meet up for the wedding of one of the girls. As they grow and change, so does their friendship. I thought the author portrayed those first post-gra [...]

    I picked up this book based on a fantastic review I read in the local newspaper, and I must say I ended up disappointed. As I started the book, I was satifised just being introduced to the characters, but I didn't like them. The girls were all immature in college and beyond (in their “freshman year of life”). And although this was about friendships formed in college, there was very, very little about academics. Somehow, they all managed to stay up all night talking on a continuous basis, and [...]

    Am nothing close to unbiased on reading this book. It functions as chick lit, but does not give an authentic perspective on Smith or the challenges presented by feminism and heteroromantic norms colliding that it promises. Am somewhat disappointed in Gloria Steinem calling this a modern update of The Group, even if this is also how the author herself is selling it--where The Group wrestled with generational problems, idealism, and how to remain an independent, thoughtful person in a relationship [...]

    Begging to become a brand-new Lifetime Original Movie, this hackneyed, predictable and at times boring book kept my eyes rolling. Worst, this book details exactly why so many writing teachers instruct their students with the old saw of "show, don't tell." If Sullivan had wanted this book to have been a comparison to the past and present of these four Smith grads, she should have picked some key moments to use, instead of trying to condense histories into a few pages. I felt distant and disconnec [...]

    3.5. Commencement is an enjoyable if understated story with substance. The first third (i.e the college years) plodded along a bit and therefore didn’t “hook” me right away. But I’m glad I hung in to see how the friendship among these four classmates (Celia, Bree, April and Sally) would play out following graduation. Each woman’s tale has something to say about the implications of that woman's life choices (however passively pursued), and the ending, though farfetched and reminiscent o [...]

    I don't know what to do with this book. I was l leaning toward a low 3 until the final chapter, but that made me want to give it a 1. Ugh! The whole story of April made me irate. Demonizing feminists and those who want to bring attention to human trafficking (especially in Atlanta, which is a hub for trafficking in the US) is really low. Not what I expected from this writer. Also unexpected was the tidal wave of chick lit tropes. Sally's story was a rehash of a million books with young women hav [...]

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