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Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
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There is a heavy nostalgia factor here for Smith grads, full of local Northampton color and campus traditions like Mountain Day and Celebration of Sisterhood. It's also slightly smarter (or perhaps just more political) than the chick lit/beach read genre to which it aspires. I liked some things about it, especially the character of April and, to a lesser extent, Bree. Celia and Sally were a lot less interesting to me. I also at times was taken out of the narrative by the author's commentary on issues like body image and date rape. Some of the generalizations about Smith were a bit two-dimensional as well. This definitely reads like first fiction, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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