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....
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Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear Reviews
Hiassen is one of my favorite authors. This quick (and very snarky) advice to college grads is hilarious (and true)! Bought the book to give to son's fiancé next week for college graduation but had to read it first. I hope she follows his advice!
I agree with many of the beliefs that Carl Hiassen writes about in this book. This book may seem negative to some people, but I think this is realistic advice not just people who are graduating, but for anyone. I will strive to be a quick judge of character when I meet someone. This will save me a lot of time trying to figure out if a person is sincere and honest. Another belief that Hiassen dispels is that a person can become anything they want to become in life. This hasn't always been true in ...more
The honest graduation speech without platitudes or much hope, frankly. This is a short book you can finish in a half hour but unlikely to forget.
Some good, practical advice, accompanied by the amazing illustrations of Roz Chast.
Every graduate should read this. It is real as real gets for expectations for the future. It may sound a little negative at the beginning but the end is a positive message. Quick read, only takes about 15 min.
This short but powerful book so closely fits my own world view it is slightly scary.
Not funny, not well written, not even really a book. There’s one decent quote, but this is basically a Facebook post, not anything substantial. Not sure why my library had it in the ebook collection as opposed to, say, printing the whole thing on a single sided sheet of paper and taping it above the urinal with all the other platitudes.
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!