Our "30-is-the-new-20" culture tells us that the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are an extended adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. But 30 is not the new 20. In this enlightening book, Dr. Meg Jay reveals how many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what are actually the most defining years of adulthood.
Drawing from more than 10 years of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, Dr. Jay weaves the science of the twentysomething years with compelling, behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. She shares what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, reproductive specialists, human-resources executives, and economists know about the unique power of our 20s and how they change our lives. The result is a provocative and sometimes poignant listen that shows us why our 20s do matter. Our 20s are a time when the things we do - and the things we don't do - will have an enormous effect across years and even generations to come.
©2012 Meg Jay (P)2012 Hachette
I would recommend this book for anyone in the 20 - 32 age. There is a lot that may not apply to you, as it did me, but it will get you thinking in a different mindset. I no longer want to put certain things off, and have less regret and remorse about previous mistakes.
The girl that realized she needed to work on herself, when she had initially came to therapy to try and get her boyfriend to change.
Not really a scene, but when the guy opened up his own dog daycare business.
All of the stories of the various clients / patients when they had come to a realization of their mistakes and incorrect or misconceived notions / logic.
I like this book, it a steep price for only a 5 hour book, but I really would recommend it.
Worth the read for any person in their twenties. If anything, this text validates the experiences of those in their twenties. It does a phenomenal job of articulating the very angst that paralyzed so many who live through these uncertain and life shaping years.
My only gripe with the text was the inadvertent pressure that it puts on people in their twenties to figure it all out before 30. While this is not the overall message of the book, there are hints of "figure it out now, or the future will suck," which risks making this generation of people feel bad about the ways in which they have not yet found their stride.
I suppose there is something to be said for the author's unsympathetic tone. Indeed, her point is that people in their twenties are not helpless; they have options and through their own ability to believe in themselves and take positive risks, they can empower themselves to be active creators of the lives they want rather than passive individuals who let life happen to them.
My feelings about the book are mixed. I love that it articulates the experience of the twenties so beautifully, and I love the message of empowerment. I do hope that those who read this can also be okay with knowing that it will not all fall into place at once, that life doesn't end at 30, and that the future is not a guaranteed failure if we don't get everything right, right now.
Meg Jay is the shot of adrenaline that every struggling 20 something needs. She doesn't push, or lecture but rather presents sobering facts and nudges helpfully.
My twenty two year old daughter just graduated from college and will be moving out of state. My wife listened to the audio version and bought two hard cover copies, one for our daughter and one for our twenty something son who lives in another city. It must have struck a chord as these young adults couldn't put it down, and asked if Meg Jay had any other books (not yet).
This book is amazing and provided me with a lot of clarity. I'm 23, so this book really hit home for me. If you love Dr. Meg Jay'd Ted Talk, you will be obsessed with this book.
it's funny how society wants to prolong adolescents. to normalize childish behavior far past the age of 18. this book preaches the opposite. that if we don't start figuring out life as soon as possible we could be in for a lot of hard work.
As a twenty-something, this book has given me a great amount of wisdom that I have not even fully begun to understand. I will likely listen to specific chapters again, particularly the ones regarding skill-building, careers, and parenting.
It's great that Dr. Jay was able to narrate her own book, but it got a little monotonous, at times.
I think this book does a good job of illustrating the 20something struggles we all end up in. I see a lot of my friends in this book as well as a few of my old behaviors. I'm 26 bordering on what seems like 30 and while this book gave me a few panic attacks I think we all need to be slapped into reality once in a while.
The section on co-habitation was my favorite part.. Coming from someone who's about to co-habitate with my partner the insight provided was very interesting.. I had always heard the stats, but i never understood how or why it would happen. I also thought the fertility stats were important and something all women should know.
As great as the content of the book is.. I had to pause and relisten multiple times. The narration was terrible. I think having someone with more expression would be an easier listen. I found myself ignoring/tuning her voice out.
wake the **ck up
This book is a wonderful read if you're struggling with the age old problem of what to do with your life, and how. Dr. Meg Jay guides us through with anecdotes and relatable stories. I highly recommend a listen to anyone in their twenties and early thirties.
The book is really amazing in that it doesn't answer the questions of life or what purpose you may have or anything of that sort, but it provides you with examples and tools to use and change whatever situation you have in your own personal life. I think it was a great listen.
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