By Tina Jordan
July 21, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Everything Is Going to Be Great

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Scrap your preconceived notions of travel writing. We’re not talking The Innocents Abroad here; Everything Is Going to Be Great, this irreverent, profane journal of Rachel Shukert’s college trip comes off like a cross between David Sedaris and Chuck Palahniuk. Nothing escapes her eye — not the cute boys or creepy older guys, not the booze, not even European culture. ”There’s a reason Dutch cuisine has never really caught on,” she writes glumly from Amsterdam. ”It’s basically a combination of the worst elements of British and German food, mixed up with kale and gravy and then pureed.” (It’s edible ”if you smoke enough weed.”) But lurking beneath the jabs and one-liners is an affecting — and pretty unforgettable — coming-of-age tale. B+

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