77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College

Halley Bondy. Zest (HMH, dist.), $14.99 trade paper (192p) ISBN 978-1-936976-00-3
Bondy follows her babysitting guide, Don’t Sit on the Baby, with a book that urges readers to make the most of their time away at school: “College wouldn’t be college if it didn’t include a wide range of experiences,” writes Bondy in her introduction. Each of the 77 ideas gets a spread of its own, and Bondy groups her suggestions into categories revolving around the dorm (“Bring your roommate a gift”), flying solo (“Get lost in town”), being outgoing (in praise of the dance party: “Booty shaking is the almighty peacemaking universal language of fun”), preparing for the future (“The connections you make now will last a lifetime if you nurture those relationships”), and more. Sidebars, bulleted lists, and illustrations featuring a stick-figure robot contribute to a format tailor-made for skipping around. Whether readers are introverts, partiers, activists, or athletes, Bondy provides an array of opportunities to make their time in college as well-rounded as possible. And much of the advice applies to life beyond college, too: “People make the most colossal mistakes when they don’t trust their gut.” Ages 14–up. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 04/14/2014
Release date: 03/01/2014
Genre: Children's
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