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
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
An easy and super short read with valuable advice. Many of today’s graduates are caught up in a fantasy world filled with positive promises and unrealistic expectations. But life is not all sunshine and rainbows. Hiaasen dispenses great advice for life in the real world. Hidden beneath the satire new graduates will find a nice message about doing your part towards changing the world for the better.
Cute! True and to the point. We've been doing it all wrong.
Prepare for a long quote:
"Being less than smart doesn't automatically make you stupid. In this era that label should be reserved for those who are doggedly reckless, defiantly uninformed or proactively disconnected.
For instance, you all know people who proudly refuse to accept- despite the tonnage of scientific evidence - that the earth's climate is changing. Arctic ice caps puddle, equatorial oceans rise, subtropical deserts grow hotter, yet these chowderheads claim it's all a political lie, f ...more
A satirical speech with a positive message. Written with humour but also with a lot of encouragement to be a responsible adult in a world that need good leadership.
It is a quick read. I love this kind of humour because it has a point beyond being entertaining.
If this is supposed to be humorous I didn't get the humor. Most of it is obvivous stuff but at least the author is honest and it's a nice book to share with graduates.
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.
This short but powerful book so closely fits my own world view it is slightly scary.