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Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
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Jun 16, 2009

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bookshelves: chicklit
Recommended to Kelly by: The New York Times Sunday Book Review
Recommended for: Smithies
Read from January 17 to 31, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Most of what appealed to me about this book was the trip down memory lane. I loved all the Smith references. I felt like I was back in Northampton while reading this. I was feeling wishy-washy about attending reunion next year, but after reading this I can't wait to go back.

Beyond the nostalgia, it was an entertaining read. I found April's character to be a bit irritating, like a caricature of the Smith feminist - however, I had to laugh because how many Smithies did we know just like her? I was pleasantly surprised by the turn her story took at the end. In my opinion, her character was the only one who truly grew and changed in the years post-Smith. While I can't presume to know what it is like to have a lesbian relationship that is not accepted by one's family, I wanted to wring Bree's neck by the end of the book. As for the other two women, I could kind of take or leave them. I do wonder if Sally regrets naming her daughter April in light of how her story resolved itself...

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