Graduates in Wonderland

Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do you have a soul sister to whom you confide all your experiences including asking silly questions and getting back even sillier answers? Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale is written in a contemporary epistolary form; exchange of emails in between these two authors give you an insight about their lives in new places and adventures that they come across.

Lately I just pick up on everyone’s emotions, no matter what they are, and respond to them a million times more intensely than I normally would/is appropriate.


The book weaves in a lot of emotions that any fresh university graduate can relate to while grappling their way to adulthood. Searching for direction in life, studying and working at places like Paris, Beijing, and Australia; Jessica and Rachel are two women who love to write in details about their days via email. The best thing about this book is the feeling it gives; you intimately get to know the authors and their confusion regarding their dates, jobs and the nostalgia or discomfort of staying in new countries and then leaving behind with memories. Their writing is humorous and you feel sympathetic to awkward situations that they get into with their men and bosses. They also introduce you to the cities as a foreigner by describing people, culture and their food. It is a perfect light summer read that toasts cheers to wonderful friendships and life filled with surprises.

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A closet writer with a knack for adding vivid, witty & personal details. I love coffee, books and food. Highly appreciate lo-fi music and illustrations. Borderline obsessed with stationery, productivity and organisation tools. Always in search of adventures & stories by travelling or being buried in books. Current Status ↠ Growing plants in my room. Life Goals ↠ Spark conversations, ideas & inspiration with a cup of mild roasted black coffee.

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