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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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    "Excellent - Time Well Spent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Defining Decade the most enjoyable?


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Arpy Mikaelian 10-28-14
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    "No. Just..no."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Save yourself some time and from listening to the most depressing, exhausted, and resigned voice:1) Make goals and put them on a timeline. These include being married, having children, career, education. These don't magically happen - they take planning and time keeps ticking2) Don't assume that free time is fulfilling or alternatively that choosing to focus on one thing means closing the doors on all other possibilities.


    What was most disappointing about Meg Jay’s story?

    She was pretentious, and I think the worst part was her trying to convince the audience to not dream, not have aspiration, just keep it simple and to what's immediately achievable.Plus, her voice is so worn down and tired and whatever you can call the opposite of uplifting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Meg Jay’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Defining Decade?

    You can't improve parts of a performance when the core of the message is something I don't ultimately agree with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Canton, New Caledonia 05-18-14
    Terry Canton, New Caledonia 05-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Kelly, 24 - Really, Actually, Honestly Yes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really would. The book is exactly what is says it is, galvanizing (if possibly jarring) for my age group and insightful for parents, teachers, etc. The book really does capture what it's like to be a 20 something and really does give what I believe is genuine advice and counsel.


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

    Several. From the client who felt lost in an ocean to the one who honestly and sincerely wanted just a apartment and a pet dog, again and again I found myself identifying with the client stories in this book. If it wasn't me, it could've been.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-12-14
    Amy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-12-14
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    "If you are in your late twenties….."
    Any additional comments?

    and are generally an anxiety prone negative person…prepare your sails because a storm's a'comin'!

    No, it was good, helpful, and enlightening. If you like self help books generally, then you'll like this one too. If you are in your early twenties…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE listen to it. It has a lot of good advice I could of used several years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 01-10-14
    Lee 01-10-14

    The San Diego Boys

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    "A MUST READ for 18+ and PARENTS!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Defining Decade to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't know


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Deciding today does not limit tomorrow.The only way to limit tomorrow is to NOT decide today.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely life changing in the hands of a an 18-28 year old!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chisom Denver, CO, United States 03-18-13
    chisom Denver, CO, United States 03-18-13
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    "Awesome!"
    Where does The Defining Decade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's my third audiobook, and I loved this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very eye-opening and insightful


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Defining Decade?

    Creating action plans and purposefully meeting new people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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