Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

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Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults by Jessica Pan, Rachel Kapelke-Dale

 Two best friends document their post-college lives in a hilarious, relatable, and powerfully honest epistolary memoir.
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.

Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls, Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698157200
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 278,964
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jessica Pan has a BA in Psychology and Literary Arts from Brown University.  She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She was the editor of a magazine and a TV reporter in Beijing and writes for The HairpinThe Toast, Refinery29, Huffington Post, The Frisky and

Rachel Kapelke-Dale is pursuing a PhD in cinematographic studies at University College London. She has a BA in History of Art and Architecture and Comparative Literature from Brown University and a master’s in Cinema Studies from the Université de Paris VII. She has written for, Refinery29ThoughtCatalog, Huffington Post, AOL Travel and The Frisky.

Both authors live in London.

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Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I loved this book!  The friendship between Rachel and Jess is so strong, in fact they can tell each other anything without  being judged by the other. I read the book while on a road trip and I found the time just to fly by!   Very honest, funny and at time tears, believe me you won't be able to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be considered MANDATORY reading for all 20-somethings and post-grads. As someone who is trying to figure out those post college years I related a lot to the voices of Jessica and Rachel. Jessica and Rachel are best friends from college and on the night of their graduation they make a pact to send an e-mail to each other once a week of a no-holds barred account of what's going on in their life. (I wish I would of thought of the same-thing when I graduated in college.) Jess takes off for Beijing and Rachel sets off to NY. Jess doesn't speak Mandarin or have a job but flies off to Beijing anyway. Rachel has a job at an art gallery in NYC. The adventures they get into, their jobs, the people they run into along the way really paint the picture of two 20-something girls finding their way in this world. They both are incredibly courageous and take incredible risks that I think at the time they didn't realize the enormity of those decisions. I don't want to spoil anything but you will laugh and cry in the best possibly way.It really is incredible considering the fact that they both lived so far away from each other for so long such as Jessica in China and Australia and Rachel in NYC and Paris that they were really able to maintain the closeness that they had in college. Over a 5-year span theses BFF's only saw each other twice. In there ever changing world of relocations, new jobs, grad schools, and boyfriends their friendship remained constant. I truly believe it is so important to maintain friendships because there are very few people in this world who know you they way your college friends do. There is nothing else like this book on the market. While growing up you always have a plan. For example, you go to high school and then you go to college and there's a lot of preparation that goes into the transition from high school senior to college freshman. But where is that preparation from college senior to post-grad? There really isn't any. This is the first time in our young adult lives where we have no idea what's next for us? It's a little terrifying and exciting all at the same time. Rachel and Jess capture these moments beautifully. I LOVE this book so much that I'm actually thinking about reading it again as I write this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Very well written and an exciting story of rich friendship and living in different parts of the world. I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read - very funny and bitingly honest. It's extremely well written and captures both life in the early-to-mid twenties and the dreams of adventure that lead anyone to hop on a plane and explore exotic lands far from home. The friendship between these two promising young authors also jumps off the page - it's pure reading joy. It's incredibly honest and touching too, a real life snapshot of these two young lives unravelling over a few years and many countries as they figure out what they want to do and where and with who they want to be. I highly recommend!