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The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - and How to Make the Most of Them Now | [Meg Jay]

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

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.
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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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    Jay Brooklyn, MI, United States 05-22-12
    Jay Brooklyn, MI, United States 05-22-12
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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).

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    Brittany 05-28-15
    Brittany 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    Any 20 year old could relate to this book. All the way from 20-29. Great advice and guidance

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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.

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    Bukedi 05-06-15
    Bukedi 05-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book!!"

    Wish I had read this book in my earlier 20s. I have a new desire to be excellent and achieve all of the goals I have set!

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    Cesar Ghisilieri Photography 04-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS!"

    Definitely one of the most useful books in life planning for anyone in their twenties. every parent, preteen, twenty something, and teacher should read this as well.

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    Flash 04-04-15
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    "Solid insights much needed for this generation."

    Quite a quick read due to the engaging and relevant examples that Meg Jay uses. She drives her points home with research and anecdotes from both those in their 20s and those in their 30s.

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    Noelle San Diego, CA, United States 03-28-15
    Noelle San Diego, CA, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    A must read for anyone in their 20s and 30s! It will change everything! A Great book and life guide!

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    Lindsey 03-25-15
    Lindsey 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read!"

    Amazing book that tells you how it is and what to be prepared for that many don't tell you especially if you are surrounded by like-minded friends of the same age group a majority of the time. Great answers for anyone who has any questions they would consider part of the quarter life crisis.

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    Shea 03-21-15
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    "A must read for everyone, especially 20 year olds"

    There is so much info here. If you are in your 20's or you know a 20 something make sure they read this book! Even if you are older it is still valuable!

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    Daniel 03-19-15
    Daniel 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great advice"

    loved it. I'm starting it over right now after having just finished it. every twenty-something should read it

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