Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Commencement, Part 1 - Book Club

Yay!! I finished part 1 around 9pm last night and I'm excited to answer the questions on it now. I'm really "hooked" on what's happening in part 2! I wanted to read ahead but didn't want to get confused. So here's some discussion questions. (If you are interested in joining in, head over to the button on the left for book club).

1. Which girl do you identify the most with?
I most identify with Sally. My mom didn't die, but me and her weren't particularly close right after high school. I also tried to hang on to my high school friendships (Monica) even though we attended different schools. I was also a young bride (19!) and felt a kinship toward other couples and tried to shield my single friends from my married life.

2. If you're a college student or graduate, what similarities or differences do you see between this story to your own college experience?
Well, I attended a college closeby my apartment. I didn't make many close knit college friends because I lived off campus and didn't attend much of a party school. Sometimes I feel like I missed out on some great friends and experiences, but I was able to "try out" the marriage experience and loved it. I have made close friends (girls from high school) that I have reconnected with and would do anything for.

3. Which girl do you think has changed the most since her time in college? In what ways has she changed?
I think Bree has changed the most since beginning college. She was engaged at 18, although she did back out. She's gone from the typical "southern gal" to a lesbian and has come out to her family. She still seems to need to be in a relationship and continues to have problems in that area. Her original plan was to obtain her degree, get married and become a wife and volunteer. Now she has a job and is actually using her degree. I think Sally has also changed alot by meeting Jake and that truly changed the direction of her life. Sally's life was turned upside down by the death of her mother regardless, not necessarily just by going to college.

I can't wait to read more of this book. I'm so glad I decided to join. Everyone I have told thinks it's a great idea as well. Feel free to leave me comments about your thoughts as well!  Anyone else think this would make a great movie?


  1. Oh yeah...this would make a great movie!

  2. I love the idea of this being a movie. Now you have me casting people in my head!

  3. Just wanted to drop by and say thanks for checking out my blog. I'm glad I got to read yours! Looks like we both love all the same things-maybe not the weddings part though! LOL

    Miss Mac

  4. I agree this would be fun as a movie. I had a non-traditional college experience also. I wasn't married, but went to a non-traditional college with evening and online classes, so it's interesting to read about the friendships and experiences these girls are having.

  5. I was thinking about this book as a movie too! It sounds like everyone agrees. I hope Hollywood is listening ;)