Graduates In Wonderland
by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale
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 everything 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 military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns.
**So forgive me, because I read this book awhile ago. However, I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to give it a review. **
This book was basically emails back and forth from two friends to each other after they promise to keep in touch after they graduate college. It almost makes you feel that there is no excuse as to why you can’t reach out to those old friends. This book makes you believe that there is always a way and that you are not the only one who is struggling after graduating.
The best part about this memoir was how relatable these girls were. Being a twenty-something myself, I felt like I could really feel how these girls were feeling and what they were going through. The authors did a great job with descriptions and really being able to help us picture exactly what is going on. Graduates In Wonderland really taps into the feelings we all have at this point in our lives; Happiness and Success, Love and Disappointment, Anxiety and Anger.
Graduates in Wonderland should be read by every post-grad and graduate alike. The story of friendship and how they managed to stay friends even when life gets in the way, should be a telling to us all.