Monday, July 11, 2011

Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

I kept seeing this book everywhere and saw it got some good reviews so I thought I’d give it a shot. I like books about a bunch of best friends a la Sex and the City because you get a little bit of everything.

When I first started reading this book I thought I would have liked to go to an all female college. There is one in Raleigh- Meredith College, and I just love the idea of all those traditions and like it is one big sorority.

This book made me re-think that. In the book everything was so focused around lesbianism that it was not appealing to me. And they were all sooo feminist. Too liberal for me.

Anyway, the book is about four friends who are all VERY different. They end up on the same floor in their dorm freshman year and develop a friendship that follows long after graduation. Bree is the beautiful, southern girl who is engaged when she comes to college, but ends up in a relationship with a woman. Sally is Miss Perfectionist who wants to go to med school but ends up to be the first to settle down and get married at 25. Celia is the bubbly, outgoing peacemaker of the group. She’s the kind of girl who gets along with just about anyone. And April is your hard core, radical feminist who joins all the radical organizations and fights for equal rights and causes she believes in.

The book starts with the girls meeting on their first day in their dorm. It follows them through college and then meets up with them a few years later for Sally’s wedding. The main portion of the book centers on what happens at and after the wedding with flashbacks to their college days.

Each chapter is written from the perspectives of one of the girls. I enjoy that layout for a book.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending. It walks you up to the end of the cliff and then you step off and then nothing. I wanted to see their reactions and know what happens, but the book just ends. That was frustrating.

But overall I really enjoyed this book and give this one 4 out of 5 stars.

1 comment:

Nichole said...

I read that book a few months ago, and I had really mixed feelings about it. Have you read Prep? It reminds me of it (taking place at a boarding school). It's really good!

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