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Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
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Mar 04, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

Took this out of the local library thinking it would be the usual chick lit story following friends after college. It was and then more!

What I liked was the unsual twist in storyline of the diverse group from Smith College '02 - Bree, Sally, Celia and April. Many of the references love, partying, crazy late night talks and college class demands were standard. I was not prepared for the uniqueness of Smith feminism and their lesbian population and rituals.

Southern belle and homecoming queen Bree comes to Smith an engaged woman. She leaves with her friend Lara as a roomate.

Sally who recently lost her mother comes to Smith with sadness and a goal to become a doctor. She leaves to live the most traditional female role and marries first.

Celia continues her Smith tradition of one night stands and lots of liquor while trying to make it in publishing in New York. She has a strong role model in her mother.

April has strong ties to promoting women and is the product of a single mother family. She encompasses herself into causes that may be more dangerous than anticipated while researching young prostitues in Atlanta.

Frienships vary over time, silent opinions get voiced during emotional times and there are peaks and valleys in communications, but the 4 Smith girls continue their friendship and love for each other that start in a chance of fate of room assignment.


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