And to start off the new year, I’m throwing a book review for Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale your way because it’s without a doubt one of my favorites!
Amazon’s description: Fast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in-depth—and brutally honest—weekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess packs up everything she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim, while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and to figure out her love life. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages from around the world, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns.
I’m not really sure how else to tell you, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. It’s great, the writing style of these girls women makes you feel, relateable. There’s so much of myself in the book and so much I can see myself becoming by simply stepping out of my comfort zone and doing sh*t I’ve always wanted to do.
Growing up might be a trap but it encompasses so much passion, charisma, and adventure! Falling in and out of love, and not thinking it’s the end of the world like you did in high school. Trying out different careers to find a job were “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” actually applies. And traveling, traveling is always a good thing.
Some quotes I fell in love with:
“I could have been killed in that car accident and all I would have to show for my life is being a shitty assistant and a pile of unpublished novels and no meaningful romantic relationships.” (pg, 99) – so far, this is what my life feels like. But, I’m a great assistant, I do, however, have unpublished and unfinished novels, and many meaningless romantic relationships.
“When you step out of the incessant superficial chatter in your head and actually become aware of what’s around you.” (pg, 105) – It’s hard for me to get out of my own head. There’s a constant chatter, a constant self doubt, a constant voice to represent my thoughts, my gut, and my heart.
“Rachel, I am being pulled by the language. Please write and tell me what you dream for as a writer and a person, what kind of life you want. And send more -Lee” (pg, 142) – I’ll get into this one another day.
“It usually goes like this: They leave and I’m left, but then eventually I move on. The leaving always hurts, but the person actually being gone, I could accept. I always knew I’d meet someone new. But this one-this one feels different.” (pg, 169) – This just reminds me of my six month curse.
“Take one guy from every country in the world, throw them together, and inevitably, you’ll find them playing soccer. Well, except for the token American guy, who will have to sit on the sidelines, cradling his football.” (pg, 186) – This just reminded me of my brother and how badly soccer is respected as a sport in America; he always says he wishes he was born in a different country, that way he could have a legitimate chance at becoming a professional soccer player.
There’s so much more to this book than these quotes – they are mainly all from the middle of the book and don’t give away much about the book in general, but I had to highlight them. Seriously, keep all highlighters away from me when it comes to reading, I’m not even joking. I will ruin your books.