The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Overview: The Female Persuasion opens in 2006, when our protagonist, shy and mild-mannered Greer, has just started her freshman year at the fictitious Ryland College (on full-academic scholarship, due to her pothead parents’ inability to complete financial aid forms, forcing her to surrender her invitation to Yale). Her first week there, her new friend Zee takes her to a party, where Greer gets groped by a common d-bag frat star, a moment which can only be compared to the #MeToo phenomenon (years before its inception). This, in addition to attending a life-changing lecture by the influential world-renowned feminist Faith Frank, ignites Greer’s interest in pursuing a career and future in feminist activism...
Post Grad by Caroline Kitchener
Overview: Post Grad follows the lives of five alternative and unconventional young women, who—surprise—just graduated from college. Ms. Caroline Kitchener, the author and main character, checks in with her friends periodically, recording their first-hand accounts of the wild exploits and adventures they each embark upon. It is a true story, or at least based on real events (though you would never guess it based on the writing style), and takes the reader on a journey through the ups & downs of each individual's first year as an “adult.”
Thoughts: It is only fitting that my inaugural post features a book aligned with my current status. I think that Post Grad's goal was to reassure readers and fellow recent college graduates that we are not alone in the challenges we will face in that first year in the real world… at least, that’s what compelled me to pick it up. A few thoughts worth mentioning...