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The author of 20-Something, 20-Everything (2005) offers a handy guide for navigating the often rough waters of the twentysomething years. Hassler draws on her own experience, but she has also gathered myriad stories and quotes from a variety of twentysomethings around the world, regarding everything from grappling with their expectations after college to job hunting and navigating friendships and relationships. Hassler addresses one of the biggest problems she thinks twentysomethings face: “Expectation Hangovers,” in which reality doesn’t measure up to what people in their twenties had come to expect from their lives, leading to depression and lack of direction. She then delves into the “twenties triangle,” addressing the three questions that dominate the decade: Who am I? What do I want? How do I get what I want? The chapters that follow address the biggest issues for people in their twenties: love, friendships, family, and career. Packed with stories and wisdom from their peers, this guide will definitely appeal to the many twentysomethings trying to find their way. --Kristine Huntley


"In 20 Something Manifesto, Christine Hassler teaches the class you wish had been offered in school - Life 101! This book is packed with real-world tools twenty somethings can use to create a successful life on their own terms."
Greg Behrendt, coauthor of He's Just Not That into You and It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken

"Christine Hassler demonstrates a true gift - the ability to inspire twenty somethings to take stock of where they are and take the steps to become the people they want to be."
Alexandra Levit, author of They Don't Teach Corporate in College

"A great read for twenty somethings seeking honest answers to life's challenging questions....I strongly recommend this book."
Jason Ryan Dorsey, Gen Y consultant and author of My Reality Check Bounced!

"Important information in an easy-to-digest format... highly recommended."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315957
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. In 2005, she wrote the first guidebook written exclusively for young women, entitled 20 Something 20 Everything. Christine's second book, The 20 Something Manifesto written for men and women stems from her experience coaching twenty-something's. Her newest book Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life is the guidebook for how to treat disappointment on the emotional, mental, behavioral and spiritual levels.

Today, she supports individuals in discovering the answers to the questions: "Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?" Christine is a Life Coach with a counseling emphasis known for catalyzing radical self-reflection while offering practical direction. She is passionate about busting the myth that life is about living by a checklist and having it all figured out. Christine believes we all deserve and are capable of discovering our passion, pursuing our dreams, and making an impact on the world.

Christine began her evolution as a Gen Y expert with a discussion group for quarter-lifers in Los Angeles struggling with questions about themselves and their lives. As she continued her investigation of herself and others, she began to craft a roadmap for life for people of all ages which includes discovery, self-acceptance, self-forgiveness and clarity.

Christine Hassler Author, Speaker, Coach

As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country. She has spoken to over 100,000 people at colleges, personal growth events, conferences, and corporations. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about life issues and "Expectation Hangovers®" - a phenomenon she identified and trademarked or generational diversity. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Cosmo.

As a Gen Y Expert, Christine is a spokesperson for American Express and the key resource for their women's and millennial advocacy programs. She is also a member of the Millennial Advisory board for Cosmopolitan Magazine. From her passion about education and student development, Christine created a life balance curriculum for the Leadership Institute. She is member of Northwestern University's Council of 100, The Young Entrepreneur Council and is a faculty member at the University of Santa Monica teaching programs in Spiritual Psychology.

Christine grew up in Dallas, graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and received her Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Christine is active in volunteerism and loves living a healthy lifestyle. She currently resides in Los Angeles and loves spending time with her family and friends in Austin, Texas.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Clarke on April 28, 2008
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In 20 Something Manifesto, Hassler takes on the 'big' issues -- self-identity, career, love relationships, money, friends and so forth -- the whole caboodle. These are lifelong issues. You certainly confront them in your twenties decade. If you solve some in your twenties, great. If not, you'll revisit them throughout life until you solve them. And, some need to be addressed more than once because circumstances change -- e.g., considering the divorce rate, some of us will face the issues of dating and finding a spouse more than once. Moreover, some are continuing processes throughout all your decades, such as the task of making relationships work.

The author offers realistic, compelling descriptions and in-depth analyses of the issues as seen in the many forms in which they appear in actual life.

What makes Hassler's book fresh, readable and very useable is the method she employs: she publishes the experiences of scores of 20-somethings, in their own words, from their own perspectives, colored by their own values. Even better, she has them write 'declarations' at the beginning of their stories -- that is, you can see the 'moral of the story' up front.

She also speaks to each of the issues exemplified by the stories from her own experience and her own training. Then she offers some advice and/or techniques for dealing with the issues yourself. All that makes it easy to scan through the book to pick and choose the issues most relevant to you. You can read the book in the order that works best for you.

Note that not all of the contributors have solved their issues. But those that don't have possible solutions to offer you have developed insights that may well lead them, and perhaps you, to those solutions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. H. on February 26, 2008
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Finally! A book that offers real solutions. There are so many books out there that talk about the 20-something experience and it's trials and tribulations. Well, I don't need to read about it - I'm living it! This book offers solutions and ways to improve. Real ones! Plus, reading the experiences of other "twenty-somethings" really helps you feel like you aren't alone. A must read for anyone in their twenties - or someone with a twenty-something son or daughter.
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At one point in time my young 20 something son turned to me and said, "I have no idea what I'm going to do with the rest of my life." I was a bit taken aback because he was so young and just starting out. Christine Hassler, author and life coach specializing in "transforming the twenty-something experience," just recently having achieved graduation into her thirties, could well relate to the pangs my son felt. Fortunately my son is now a very successful business person with those dreaded times behind him, but I'm sure reading Hassler's 20 SOMETHING MANIFESTO: Quarter-Lifers Speak Out about Who They Are, What They Want and How to Get It, would still strike a chord.

People in their twenties have achieved their independence, but soon find themselves, as Christine so aptly puts it, an "Expectation Hangover." Finances, living arrangements, jobs and love lives don't magically appear on the horizon in neat little packages after leaving home and school . . . that is if they can ever manage to get financially afloat enough to leave home. In this day and age being a 20 something can really be a scary proposition. As one graduate student quoted in this book states, "It's a struggle between wanting grown-up things and having to worry about the future, while still wanting to go out and be crazy and irresponsible."

Hassler, with some amount of help from the deep down feelings and confessions of many 20 something people she interviewed, covers several critical topics concerning this age group. Well thought out and put together chapters include, Your Twenty-Something Journey, Expectation Hangovers, Basic Self-Awareness, Love, Work and Career and much more. From basic qualms about living arrangements to love and the heartbreak hotel syndrome, it's all there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Sepulveda on March 2, 2008
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That's exactly how I felt when I read Christine's first book "Twenty Something, Twenty Everything". At the time I was lost, confused and totally unhappy with the fact that the life I had been planning since I was 16 years was anything but that. Reading "Twenty Something, Twenty Everything" put me at ease as I knew that something was not wrong with me!

When the "20 Something Manifesto" came out I picked it up immediately. Although I am past those feelings of lost and confusion and feel happy again, the "20 Something Manifesto" is a great reminder for me to reflect back on those trying years and truly be grateful for them. I feel that without those "twenty something" years I wouldn't have this clear vision of who I am and how I want to create my life that aligns with who I am. You're twenty something years are by far the most valuable and most life transforming years of your life and Christine's both books show you just that. What's great about the 20 Something Manifesto is that not only is it authored by someone who went through it and succeeded but the book is filled with twenty somethings who have been there and made it out better than ever!
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