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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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  • Brooklyn, MI, United States
  • 05-22-12

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).

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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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The best gift I got for graduating college.

It gave me the advice and motivation I needed to figure out and plan who I wanted to move forward and achieve my dreams.

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Everyone Should Read

Every parent of a 20 something and every 20 something should read/listen to this book. What great insight and advice this book shares.

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excellent book

this is an excellent book about being intentional about your life and not wasting time

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A book truly meant to guide you through your twenties!

A wake up a call. A powerful book to see your future the right way.

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Life changing

This book could not have come at a better time. I'm scared shitless, in a good way. If you're 23 to 30 and on the verge of making a big decision, have just been fired or are ending a long-term relationship, this book is for you. IT WILL MAKE YOU ANXIOUS, but it will be worthwhile. It's also very easy to listen to and not that long (I finished it in less than two days).

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Invaluable Information at a Defining Moment

What did you love best about The Defining Decade?

Incredible and insightful perspective for getting out of the malaise/rut that often accomplishes post-college life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Defining Decade?

The most memorable where her client's stories she used to illustrate many of her tools and ideas.

What does Meg Jay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jay, a clinical psychologist, really made me feel like I was sitting down and having a positive and encouraging conversation over a long cup of coffee.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Forward thinking

This book gave me the right amount of pressure to convince myself to sprint towards my future. It provides enough information to stay realistic. And challenges readers to look forward to future.

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It will be nice to sometimes have a background noise that draws me into the story. Maybe not for this particular book but for others.