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The Defining Decade Audiobook
The Defining Decade
Written by: 
Meg Jay
Narrated by: 
Meg Jay
The Defining Decade Audiobook

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - and How to Make the Most of Them Now

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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

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    Jason 04-25-16
    Jason 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very informative as a 24 year old"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not really a scene, but when the guy opened up his own dog daycare business.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this book, it a steep price for only a 5 hour book, but I really would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley 03-19-16
    Bradley 03-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the read"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie A. Lapointe 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Essential reading for every 20 something"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Brooklyn, MI, United States 05-22-12
    Jay Brooklyn, MI, United States 05-22-12
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    "Excellent - Time Well Spent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Defining Decade the most enjoyable?


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    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).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lily 07-04-16
    Lily 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Are you having a quarter life crisis? "

    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.

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    Mohamud 04-05-16
    Mohamud 04-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Helps you to narrow and slow down aspects of life"

    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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    Ridhi N. 03-29-16
    Ridhi N. 03-29-16
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    "Thank you, Ms. Meg Jay! "

    You're right. I hadn't decided yet. I'd dreamt and it is now that I've decided. :)
    Best wishes to you too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Chiu 03-21-16
    Amy Chiu 03-21-16
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    "Great and really helpful points"

    Wish I read this when I was twenties, but yet, not too late as long as I start to plan for my life. High recommended.

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    Hailey 02-23-16
    Hailey 02-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you're in your 20's listen to this book"

    Great book, very monotone narration. Still worth it though because you get wrapped up in the content you forget about the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ganbaru92 02-21-16
    ganbaru92 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    Meg Jay opens your mind to the importance of now. It makes you realize that your 20s are a time for building the person you want to be and not for unfocused and throw-away years. Narrator is good, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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