Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Quarterlife Crisis by Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner

Title: Quarterlife Crisis : The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

Author: Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner

Genre: Non-Fiction

Summary: Interviews and anecdotal stories about where college gets you and what life is like after high school, but before marriage and kids.

The Take-Away: I wish I had found this book when I was having difficulties deciding on a major career change. Not that it offered advice as far as what to do, but knowledge that others had the same story. The truth about where a college degree will get you, why experience matters and how college translates to a first job and apartment is told throught the voice of hundreds of twentysomethings. It's an honest review of what I now know.

It provides validation for the struggles that college grads experience.

The best part of this story was the last chapter when the authors spoke with a ninetysomething. His advice put the whole book in perspective. He believes that every decade experiences its own crisis.

The authors' goal with this title was awareness. Sequels have been written by each and can be found in the bonus section.

Recommendation: A good picture of what it's like to be twentysomething, but no guidelines or answers are presented. It's great research material for characters who fall into that "twentysomething" category.

Bonus: Quarterlifer's Companion by Abby Wilner

Bonus: Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis by Alexandra Robbins

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