Giving a glimpse to the daunting horrors fresh graduates are facing in the intimidating world of adulthood, here are 5 relatable narratives set to spark grit and determination inside brazen young souls. – Hola Pauline
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Leaving an important millennial question ‘when will he get laid?’ unanswered till the very last few pages of the book, gluttonously follow the uneventful yet noteworthy life of Oscar De Leon–better known as Oscar Wao, the Dominican version of Oscar Wilde, as he navigates his downtrodden life said to be controlled by bad karma until the short lived euphoria called love that ended his life.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Taking the notion ‘keeping it in the family’ to a whole new sexual and religious binding trope, this ambiguous novel brings front and center the scientific phenomenon called ‘intersex’. Melting the line between the two known sexes, follow Cal (the male version) or Calliope (the female version) as he/she figures out his/her identity in private schools and scandalous sex show settings.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Numerous intertwined black ink interestingly written in a non chronological and non linear manner by the world renown Czech writer Milan Kundera to bring back the philosophical dichotomy between lightness and weight. Retold in the narrator’s babbling and interrupting self, the story sheds light on numerous intricately intertwined lives of Tomas, a womanizer, Tereza, his wife, and Sabrina, his lover.
The Girls’ Guide to Hunting & Fishing by Melissa Bank
Never viewing the idea of love as a must have for a woman’s being, Jane Rosenal embarks on a quest to understand love and the basics on how to respond to such emotionally. Encountering numerous affairs and obstacles along the way, indulge in this self-discovery novel that encompasses age, gender, and sex.
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Giving a small bird’s eye view of the not so glamorous life in the illustrious Manhattan, witty writer and author Sloane Crosley creates a borderline funny and slightly narcissistic collection of essays meant to attack the many unfortunate firsts in adulting–the first terrible job, the weird neighbour in your first apartment, and much more. Light hearted and a vivid eye opener, immerse and understand events everyone eventually goes through.