Assume the Worst

The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear

    • 3.7 • 35 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

This is Oh, the Places You'll Never Go--the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it.

"This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning."
     So begins Carl Hiaasen's 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 illustrate--and with those illustrations, expand upon and cement Hiaasen's cynical point of view--than Roz Chast, best-selling author/illustrator and National Book Award winner? The answer again is easy: Nobody.
     Following the format of Anna Quindlen's commencement address (Being Perfect) and George Saunders's 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 it's 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.

GENRE
Humor
RELEASED
2018
April 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
64
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
16.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Alan Tam ,

Insightful but pricey

Took only 15 minutes to finish. Not as humorous as I thought. Illustrations are nice.

Wallkill 12589 ,

Assume the Worst

Hiaasen is the worst - no assumptions. At $9.99 it is truly a waste of money. Carl should be ashamed - he’s done a lot better in the past. Old non-sense.

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