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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Journey: A Soon-To-Be Graduate's Guide to Life by H.S. Daniels is a self-help book for the generation of students emerging from their high school life and transitioning to what most would colloquially call 'the real world'. The book is broken down into seven days of narrative wherein Daniels compartmentalizes a string of interconnected stories, both fiction and non-fiction, alongside anecdotal pieces in order to provide lessons on life. The book covers multiple topics that range from decision-making and rationing your day to accommodate four important key aspects, to making goals, retaining a moral lodestar, working hard and saving money, through to knowing when to ask for help and when to offer it, and continuing to move forward, among many other things.
The Journey is a book that I initially had some mixed feelings about and needed to seek the opinion of my oldest daughter, who begins her first year at university in September. We discussed what H.S. Daniels had to say and what I took away from her is that there are definitely parts that she found useful. My struggle was primarily with the extreme examples that include Achilles and Hitler - these often feel like using a sledgehammer to swat a fly, my fear being that a reader might look at those as so far away from their daily life that they simply cannot connect with it. This is really where my 17-year old took a stand in correcting me, stating that they were appropriate and she didn't feel overwhelmed by them at all. I liked the journaling sections the most and was also a huge fan of the use of ancient literature, being the big nerd that I am—a trait Daniels admits to sharing with me. So with the stamp of approval from a target reader and the comfort of a book that intends to help her stay the course, The Journey is a winner across the board.