Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Commencement" by J. Courtney Sullivan

This novel follows the lives of four friends transitioning into womanhood after meeting at an all-girls college and struggling to make their friendships last the tests of time, other relationships and separation.
I couldn't put it down. I'm a chick flick reader (don't judge), but this book also incorporated major issues such rape and sex trafficking. Another reason I was so enthralled was that it seemed realistic to me that a group of four girls from such different walks of life would come together and that the different ‘dramatic’ events that happened to each girl seemed to be events that was secretly happening to girls I knew in real life. Most chick flick book scenarios are: boy meets girl, they fall in love, boy breaks up with girl, boy realizes he can’t live without her and then boy sweeps girl off her feet and the live happily ever after (insert periodic steamy sex scenes). While the book addressed all the clich√© chick flick stereotypes, it also created a sense of sisterhood that I have yet to determine is realistic in my own life. It created a sense of comfort at the possibility, but mostly skepticism.
Be warned: the book addresses other controversial issues such as equal rights, homosexuality and uses profanities. The types of books people read are so personal and I do not want to offend anyone by recommending a book they end up hating. Just putting it out there.
Be back soon.


  1. Oh, I will have to add this to my list of books to read! I haven't known what to pick up from the library recently, so this was a great post for me. I just finished reading a couple Beth Harbison books and this one sounds like something I will definitely like!

    1. Which Beth Harbison books have you read? I'm always looking for something new to read! Thanks for stopping by!