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The Defining Decade Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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
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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.


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    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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    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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    Amazon Customer 03-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I expected good things and it was better than expectations"

    This book really helps put life in perspective. It's helps people to realize that life continues to go on pass your twenties and the life your going to live is going to be your choice and to start as soon as possible. Because there is a difference between having a life later and starting a life later.

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    Christian 02-17-17
    Christian 02-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Every Twenty Something Should Read!"

    wow! loved this book. definitely recommend for anyone looking to get some clarity about ages20-30

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    Vee 01-26-17
    Vee 01-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Clarity"

    I'm 25 and have been having panic attacks about my life. This book made me relax and know that my life is not a mess. And I need to make every moment count. And maybe even get a therapist

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    Gabriel 01-22-17
    Gabriel 01-22-17
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    "Marketed to a specific group"

    Seemed like much of the book was marketed towards the average millennial who is pressured to go through the college/career track. It would've been interesting to know if millennials in the impoverished areas of the country go through the same thing.

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    broseidonn 01-16-17
    broseidonn 01-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing perspective but voice a bit soft"

    I loved this book and the lessons Dr. Jay imparted to me. I'm more aware of the challenges and life milestones ahead of me. It helped me snap out of the loose go with the flow approach I'd been taking to relationships.

    The only issue I had was with how soft her voice is! I had a difficult time hearing her on my drive to work. Just be prepared to turn the volume up.

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    Jessica 11-22-16
    Jessica 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tells it like it is"

    Meg Jay offers valuable advice and intelligent truths about the reality of the modern day 20 something. As a 25 year old struggling to navigate the transition into adulthood from the structured education system I spent most of my life in, this book gave me the courage to start mapping out where I want to be by my 30s with actionable goals. The story is told through the eyes of her patients over the years and it allows you to see bits of yourself in the stories she shares. Highly recommend!

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    Ryan E. 11-01-16
    Ryan E. 11-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This book has changed my perspective"

    As a 23 yo, reading this book couldn't have come at a better time. I highly recommend it to anyone who feels they aren't sure of what they are supposed to be doing in their 20s to prepare for actual adulting.

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