You know those books where you find yourself laughing out loud while reading it? This is one of those books.
I just finished reading Graduates in Wonderland that I bought at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland back in November.
I picked up this book in the travel section, intrigued by the title. Since I was in middle school, I loved books written in either entirely or parts in letters/emails/online chats. Being a recent graduate myself, I thought perhaps I could relate to the content. This book had all of my favorite themes: travel, adventure, finding yourself after graduation, and written in a unique format. I had to read it!
I loved this book. The young women are exploring their postcollege years by traveling to foreign places, finding new loves and heartache, and even finding career success. I love their brutal honesty that they write in their emails about terrible sexual encounters and the frustration of trying to find a career after college, starting from the bottom.
This book ties in my experience of moving Utah (yes, not a foreign country but definitely somewhere foreign to me), experiencing an internship, graduating and moving away my friends and family, attempting to find (the right) career postcollege, living with a dating (or married) couple in my adult years, and falling in love with someone quickly.
“I love that I can imagine spending an infinite amount of time with him [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Sam] and it doesn’t freak me out.” — Jess
I found myself reading lines from the book out loud to Brighton as if the writers read my exact thoughts from months previous.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is in the years after college, looking for their paths and experiencing the entry into adulthood first-hand. Or for anyone who is looking to spark their wanderlust even more. 🙂