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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Courtney Sullivan Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781440790829
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This radiant debut novel from J. Courtney Sullivan examines the deep bonds of friendship and the complex landscape facing today’s young women. Celia, Bree, Sally, and April arrive at Smith College as four very different people. But the years bring them closer together, so once they graduate and face the real world, they realize they need each other more than ever. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devon Steven | 2/14/2014

    " A quick read. Made me wish I had gone (and glad I didn't go) to Smith. The very end is a bit contrived, though, and weakens the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 2/13/2014

    " For all you Smithies out there, this book will bring on some nostalgia. Smith/Northampton things referenced in this book are: Mountain Day, Pizza Paradisio, FitzWilly's, Packard's, The Autumn Inn, The Quad, Paradise Pond, Green Street, Elm Street, various Smith houses, JMG Hall, a party at Tyler House called Immorality (which I'm sure I would have remembered, but then again I didn't have any friends in that house, maybe it's newer than 94?), Shower Hours (meaning don't have sex in the shower w/your "significant other" during the peak times of 8-10 a.m.). Not a Great book, but pretty good. However, I don't know if I'd like so much if I hadn't been a Smithie myself. Does capture the Smith flavor with decent accuracy, although was not as ethnically & socially diverse as my Smith experience was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Munn | 1/27/2014

    " I am a sucker for books set in th northeast. I also lived in Northampton one summer and worked at Cooley Dickenson Hospital which is mentioned in the book. This was a quick read with interesting main characters and plausible story lines. A bit predictable but I was fine with that. The Smithies friends made me smile. Smith as the first college I ever visited "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 1/22/2014

    " Loved it! I couldn't put it down!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/12/2014

    " i thought the story was great (hence the 3 stars)... until the ending. it just ended. there was no wrap up whatsoever! i hate it when authors do that. it's one of the epic failures of contemporary fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2014

    " This was fun beach read type of book and I enjoyed watching the friendships between the four main characters developed, but I felt that the climactic event was a little overwrought and melodramatic. A little too cheesy at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/9/2014

    " I loved this book for the nostalgia of it, but felt like it was a little choppy and that the ending was somewhat predictable and the April/Ronnie storyline a little much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/1/2014

    " This was an okay read. I much preferred J. Courtney Sullivan's newest novel, Maine. The major resolutions in the book were pretty easy to figure out way before the reveals. Plus, the novel ended rather abrubtly. All-in-all, though, an easy, pleasant-enough read for a few summer days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/30/2013

    " So I liked the writing and the characters. It really is very Smith oriented though. I mean honestly- is it really like this? Seemed a little extreme to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 11/12/2013

    " I loved this book. As a senior in college about to step out into the "real world" i felt like everything really captured what it means to be a woman in college in this day and age. Loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah U | 11/3/2013

    " Predictable, but enjoyable, fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renae Gould | 10/29/2013

    " A great book about female friendships and how much we rely on each other through as we age. The ending left many unanswered questions, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 10/14/2013

    " I read Maine first and I really liked the writing, so I looked for Commencement. At first I thought it was a little to wordy, in a biographical sort of way. But I stuck with it and it eventually grabbed me, and I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cierra | 8/25/2013

    " Good book until the end....I hate when authors wrap up the entire book in 2 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/17/2013

    " Good writing and good friendships! Kind of drops off in the end, but I'm not judging--conclusions are tough... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/7/2013

    " Ok. Quite eye-opening about Smith College. Read nicely but seemed a bit trashy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Carmichael | 4/21/2013

    " this was a liberal, modern take on close friendships and how they develop and change as life moves on. i had a hard time putting it down... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/3/2013

    " If I could give it .25 stars, I would. Or even 0 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candy | 12/1/2012

    " Not sure that anyone I know would like this book. Bought it in the airport at Sacto when I was worried about running out of reading material. It was entertaining but predictable. Good for the situation but probably not worth the money. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Triciapagel | 8/30/2012

    " A quick and fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 1/16/2012

    " I loved this, more so than her second novel. It was so different than what I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised throughout. At first the ending left me feeling completely bereft but the more time I had to think about it, the more it made sense and felt true to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 12/13/2011

    " Different and rather entertaining. Not a fan of the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Perkimom | 9/23/2011

    " Enjoyed the characters growing and changing yet staying friends. Enjoyed the insight into all-girls' colleges and gender issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maijabeep | 6/13/2011

    " This was okay. I picked it up for some easy reading and really enjoyed the first half. The second half felt both rushed and flat. I feel like she could have done more with the characters that began to be developed in the first half. I feel like they were sacrificed for the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/17/2011

    " This book had great potential but flopped at the end. It's really too bad because I found the rest of it to be an entertaining read for the most part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ctbarth | 5/16/2011

    " A great portrait of friendship, and a recapturing of those idyllic college years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adelyn | 5/4/2011

    " Plot was good until the climax. Ending didn't really cut it for me. I thought the author was really insightful though, the way she touched on issues (especially friendship!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 4/19/2011

    " This book was pretty good but honestly I think I sit a little far on the right to really embrace it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecilia | 4/13/2011

    " A great read for anyone just out of college. Ending is a little weak, but overall really interesting. Good for book club discussion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Casey | 4/12/2011

    " Would have much rather read about the lesbians at Smith, not gonna lie. I got about 75 pages in and couldn't take the over the top stereotypes about "dykes" delivered by dry (and straight) characters anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 4/6/2011

    " I liked it, and I liked the characters. It was about 4 women who went to Smith then kept in touch with each other and continued to be important in each other's lives. I think I would have enjoyed it more 30 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 4/2/2011

    " Maybe if I had read this in the summer, I would have enjoyed it more. If you are looking for some light reading, this will satisfy. I'd classify it as a "chick" book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/22/2011

    " Not quite what I expected, but it's a pretty quick read once you get going. I like the way the story is broken up into each character's POVs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/11/2011

    " This book was much better than I thought it would be. It was a great story about friendship and life after college. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 3/1/2011

    " Five stars in terms of the perfect trashy beach book. Not 5 stars as a great piece of literature, clearly as the baby blue cover clearly belies it as "chick lit" "

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About the Author
Author J. Courtney Sullivan

J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Engagements, Maine, and Commencement. Maine was named a 2011 Time magazine Best Book of the Year and a Washington Post Notable Book. The Engagements was one of People magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year. She has contributed to the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.