Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear

Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear

by Carl Hiaasen, Roz Chast

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525655022
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 151,085
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of fourteen previous novels, including the best sellers Bad Monkey, Lucky You, Nature Girl, Razor Girl, Sick Puppy, Skinny Dip, Star Island, and five best-selling children's books, Chomp, Flush, Hoot, Scat, and Skink. His most recent work of nonfiction is Dance of the Reptiles, a collection of his columns from The Miami Herald.

ROZ CHAST grew up in Brooklyn. Her cartoons began appearing in The New Yorker in 1978, where she has since published more than one thousand. She wrote and illustrated, most recently, Going Into Town; the #1 New York Times best seller Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner and a finalist for the National Book Award; What I Hate: From A to Z; and her cartoon collections The Party, After You Left and Theories of Everything.

Hometown:

Tavernier, Florida

Place of Birth:

South Florida

Education:

Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps I missed the part where it said it was only 22 pages in length, including credits and legal mumbo jumbo. I was expecting another hilarious and creative novel as Carl's previous one's were. Being disappointed is putting it mildly. Save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For less than the cost of a sandwich, this short piece is a feast for the eyes and ears. Plus, you can come back for extra helpings and even share it with your friends. Laugh out loud funny! Chast and Hiassen...more please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed that I spent $9 for this drivel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure junk! Don't be fooled into buying this book! Just junk! H should be ashamed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, TRUTHFUL, book. If only I'd seen this 40 years ago!!