I bought Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan on super sale over a year ago. As my “to read” collection grows so quickly, I didn’t get to it until last month. But I’m glad I did!
Four girls meet at Smith College and form the bond that only living together in college can create. The girls navigated through school together, and as they move into adulthood without each other, they find themselves reaching out to each other. A fight at a wedding threatens to destruct their bond, but in the face of tragedy, the girls find that they need each other more than ever.
I think I really related to this book as a “recent” grad from a liberal arts college, and as a girl’s girl. It’s no secret that I am attracted to books about sisterhood and girl bonding. This book fulfilled my need for that. It was also written in a very smart, observant style, and the story kept me going. My only complaint is that the girl’s lives seemed a little too put-together career-wise five years out of college. I guess I haven’t been out of college for five years to know if I will be that successful yet, but it felt a little fake to me. But, then again, I didn’t go to a prestigious East coast school. So, I might be a little jaded by my own position in the world.
I liked the story. I related to different bits of each character. I saw my friends in some of the characters. I recalled similar conversations in life. I liked the book for all those reasons. It was a good summer read that allowed me to walk away from stress and just enjoy a story. For that, I am thankful.
I give this book 3/5.