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...
Recommendation: If you are looking for a story that understands and identifies with your own post-grad experience, this is (probably) not the book for you. Despite my critiques, I did not dislike this novel; it was an easy read, with entertaining story lines and solid writing skills by Ms. Kitchener. My issue is that, by selecting these five very polarized young women, this book did not accomplish its goal of being “A Great Read for Any Post-Grad!” nor is it “An account of the generation people can’t stop talking about,” as it claims on the back cover. I’m not judging the choices that the young ladies made in the book; I am far from perfect and do not pretend to be otherwise. However, these five frightfully irresponsible graduates are simply not an accurate representation of the millennial generation—and I wonder how Princeton feels about these five even representing their institution.
That being said, maybe I don’t get it because I am a typical-enough postgraduate, with a decent entry-level job and friends and family that I love and look up to.
Perhaps if I went to an Ivy League school I would feel compelled to experiment with psychedelic drugs, make an account on SeekingArrangements, or join a polyamorous community…
…but I doubt it.