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About the Author

 Katherine Schwarzenegger, twenty-four, is an author, activist, and entre­preneur. She is also the bestselling author of Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back. A recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Katherine is a clear, sound voice for her generation. She hopes this book will offer the direction needed to help young graduates navigate through the unknown with just a little less stress and a little more certainty. Throughout her process, Katherine has learned that there is no right way to figure out the next steps in your life, just your way. Kather­ine also hosts her own lifestyle website, where she regularly posts conversations with up-and-comers of her generation.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385347200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385347204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I skimmed through the entire book in 20 minutes. I was excited to read this book because I like learning from the experiences of others and I like hearing people stories. Unfortunately, this book offered very short stories that do not go in depth into each person's life. Before each interview the author includes a personal reflection on the interview which were mundane. The interviews were brief, but many people were interviewed. As a result, you get a compilation of numerous, cursory, 2-3 page interviews which read more like a college report than something one might read for personal interest. I was very disappointed by this book because I had read many interesting autobiographies and biographies in the past which I have greatly enjoyed. If you are interested in good biographies, this might not be the book for you. It felt like I was reading magazine articles where a celebrity writes in a brief story, minus the interesting factor of magazines. This book was a yawn and not good literature. On the plus side, many celebrities including Serena Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Maria Shriver were interviewed, but the interviews lacked depth. You get what you put into a book, and it was clear that the author did not have abundant life experiences which would make stories interesting to tell. More like a college paper than an actual book.
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As a millennial who just graduated college and found herself unemployed and living back with her parents, I thought this would be the perfect book for me. I saw the title and immediately ordered it without reading the synopsis or, more importantly, looking at the author’s name. So when I read in the introduction that the author’s mother had delivered the commencement at USC I was extremely confused, until I looked back at the author’s name. Katherine Schwarznegger.

As in “daughter of Arnold”.

This in and of itself hurt the book in my opinion. It’s hard to take career advice from someone who literally doesn’t need to have a career. As you would expect, money is basically never mentioned in this book. It’s very centered around the idea of finding a calling and a purpose, and Schwarznegger does a decent job at covering the topic. And yet all of the “follow your dreams, do what you love!" advice is great when money is no issue, but unfortunately to about 99% of college grads right now it is a very serious issue. What little advice in regards to money that is offered is laughable at best, insulting at worst. The stories and pieces of advice included in the book are well-written and mildly inspiring but have very little practical application.

And so this book ends up being aimed toward a niche audience. For instance, jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer talks about how the worst thing to happen to her was having her father say he was “cutting her off” - although she could live with him as long a she wanted without having to pay for rent or groceries. No money for movies or the mall. Because of stories like this I walked away from this book with a sour taste in my mouth feeling more sorry for myself than before.

This book really should be titled “I Come From a Wealthy Family and I Just Graduated…Now What?”

*I received this book for free from the publisher’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.*
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Format: Hardcover
Definitely really questioning how relatable Katherine's story really is here. Really cool idea and I'm sure plenty of celebrity testimonials, but if you guys want to read a more authentic post-grad book take a look at, Ari King's piece. King actually wrote the exact same type of book and self-published it a couple of years ago:

http://www.amazon.com/What-Conversations-about-College-Graduation/dp/0988753006

Shame that Katherine took the idea and title verbatim...
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Format: Hardcover
As a member of Blogging for Books and the wife of a recent college graduate, I thought I was doing a good thing when I requested a copy of I Just Graduated... Now What? by Katherine Schwarzenegger. I was wrong.

It is a nice enough looking volume in hardcover (if I must deal with hardcover books, I always prefer that they come in a more diminutive mass market size, and this book didn't disappoint there), so I had no idea what I had gotten myself into until I sat down and started reading.

First of all, maybe I'm slow, but it certainly didn't gel for me that Katherine Schwarzenegger is the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver until I was perusing the table of contents to see whose advice was included and I noticed both Arnold and Maria Shriver listed... and then the author's last name dawned on me. Right about the time I was twigging to the fact that the author of this book wasn't exactly your typical hard-working young undergraduate who worked her way through college and was seeking (and sharing) advice for how to take that scary next step in the real word, but, in fact, the silver spoon-fed daughter of two celebrities who clearly wanted to answer that question for herself by using her celebrity connections to assign homework to famous people she knows and trick them as a collective into writing a book she can slap her name and picture on to buy herself a little post-grad time before she has to prove herself on whatever her own merits might be. (I'm still fuzzy on what those are.
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