This is Oh, the Places Youll Never Gothe ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduates future. And what he or she can or cant do about it.This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. Thats not what you need. You need a warning.So begins Carl Hiaasens attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen? The answer, after reading Assume the Worst, is: Nobody.And who better to illustrateand with those illustrations, expand upon and cement Hiaasens cynical point of viewthan Roz Chast, best-selling author/illustrator and National Book Award winner? The answer again is easy: Nobody.Following the format of Anna Quindlens commencement address (Being Perfect) and George Saunderss commencement address (Congratulations, by the way), the collaboration of Hiaasen and Chast might look typical from the outside, but inside it is anything but. This book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although its also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going....
|Title||:||Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear|
|Number of Pages||:||64 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Assume » Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear|
Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear Reviews
Public library copy
Oh, I don't know. If you can' be happy and optimistic when you graduate from high school or college, when can you be? Life wears us down quickly enough. While I agree with Hiaasen completely, I am old and bitter. I don't know that I would share this with a shiny, hopeful young person. Life will give them an atomic wedgie soon enough.
Cute! True and to the point. We've been doing it all wrong.
This short but powerful book so closely fits my own world view it is slightly scary.
This is a call to arms hidden in what looks like a snarky, bleak look at our world today. Hiaasen's writing, paired with Roz Chast's illustrations, was a quick and powerful read. I'll be purchasing this for my graduating senior!
You might want to take this book with the proverbial grain of salt. There are a nuggets of good advice, interspersed with satirical humor, but other admonitions should probably be ignored. Contrary to the author’s advice, I think you should look for the good in people you meet, especially if you meet them on a daily basis. And if you are quick to judge people, you likely will be judging before all the evidence is provided. Still, it’s an entertaining book, and the illustrations make it worth the ...more
"Society has been deeply divided before, but never has it been so insanely distracted." I like these two writers very much, and enjoyed this quick breakfast of Weltschmerz this morning. Although Hiaasen uses curse words, this is the rant of a crabby dad and will probably be best appreciated by other parents. We all have our own dumb lessons to learn, which is what makes youth exciting and parenthood excruciating.
I like Carl Hiaasen's fiction, but this is complete crap. Total money-grubbing and not even remotely humorous.
I certainly hope that novelist Carl Hiassen is wrong and he actually does get to give this commencement speech to a group of newly minted graduates because it's probably the only truth they will hear in 4 to 8 years. Unlike Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go", this book does not promise a future of moon and stars. Instead, Hiassen shares some down to earth truths: you probably won't be a star, you likely will live a fairly normal life, and the best thing you can do is to be a good person. Kids ...more