From the very first pages of this book, I recognized and applauded the connections that were forming.

College marks the pivotal moments in a young woman’s life. The friendships developed there can inform all future connections. Yet sometimes the future holds no friendships that can match up in any significant way.

So reading about Celia, Bree, Sally, and April was fun, emotional, and memorable.

In alternating chapters, we read about each woman’s perspective, from the university days to young adulthood. The defining moments of their lives are shared with each other, while at other times, small conflicts separate them. But despite life’s dramatic events, the connections that formed during their university years will sustain them.

To me, the characters felt real and true to the experiences of their lives. Each young woman was clearly drawn. I could almost hear their individual voices.

In the end, an unexpected revelation felt underwhelming. I would have liked to see more of the consequences of this particular event, especially considering the slow build-up that suggested another kind of outcome.

Therefore, four stars for a novel:Commencement by Courtney Sullivan(hardcover)(2009).


  1. My youngest daughter is now in college, hopefully forming new friendships that will last a lifetime. I enjoyed your candid review. I recently read a book that was really good, but the ending and the denouement were so rushed in comparison to the rest of the book that it would definitely take my star rating down 1.


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