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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044669777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446697774
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Franklin is on the staff of National Public Radio's 'Car Talk' show and lives near Boston with her husband and three children. She is the author of Liner Notes and the Principles of Love Series.

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This book is the best therapy a girl (or a guy) could ask for.
K. Huff
I found it ironic that the entry-level jobs in major cities that disappointed the authors so much are positions that many in my generation would kill to have.
Kristen
Every girl should read this at least once while in her twenties or even in her thirties just to have a laugh.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on May 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was recommended this book by a friend and was rather disappointed in it. Most of the stories follow the life and career misadventures of women who were in their 20s in the 1990s. Well, I'm 24, now, in 2011, and I had a hard time relating to many of the so-called "struggles" discussed in the book or finding comfort in their resolutions. I cannot relate to the woman who racked up $20,000 in credit card debt and managed to pay it down in just a few years. I don't see my own struggle in the woman who attended an ivy league college and landed glamorous, albeit low-paying jobs in the music industry because of her connections. I have a hard time feeling any sympathy for the woman whose parents paid for her law school, resulting in a lucrative job for her and a passion for dining at expensive restaurants at every given opportunity. Oh but she has to give up a bit of shoe shopping! Riiight.

Maybe it's because my family isn't middle class, maybe it's a generational gap between generations X and Y, but the so-called "struggles" discussed in this book are problems my friends and I would love to have. I found it ironic that the entry-level jobs in major cities that disappointed the authors so much are positions that many in my generation would kill to have. You want a book about your twenties for today's generation? Interview the woman who attended an ivy league school and is now working at Starbucks to pay back $80,000 in student loans. Interview the woman who's been living with her parents because after two years out of college, she still hasn't landed an "entry-level" job that pays her enough to move out. Interview the woman who attended an excellent college only to go on to nursing school at community college because she couldn't find a job outside of retail or food service with her degree.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Huff on February 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
To be honest, your 20's SUCK. Getting out of college sucks. Looking for a career sucks. Making adult friends sucks. And finding your place in the world sucks.

Before I read this book, everyone made me feel like it just sucked for me. But now I know it doesn't. It sucks for everyone. And this book proves it.

This book made me cry and laugh. It's comforting to know that there are other people who have dealt with situations and feelings identical to what I am going through now. It is also comforting to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

This book is the best therapy a girl (or a guy) could ask for. Anyone going through a quarterlife crisis or even just feeling slightly tormented should read this book cover to cover. I promise it'll talk you back from the ledge and I promise you'll feel better afterwards.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Sessions on January 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This collection is brilliant. I've been experiencing a bit of angst lately and have been beating myself up over it, constantly telling myself, "I'm in my mid-twenties and shouldn't be thinking like this any more; it's time to grow up!" I feel better to know that I'm not alone and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The authors in this collection are strong, funny, intelligent women. They're the kind of woman that I believe myself to be (on my better days) and aspire to become (on my slightly-more-discouraged days). There were a couple of stories that slowed the pace a bit for me (I don't have the book at hand and don't recall the titles), but all in all, this book made me feel better about life in general, and this decade particularly.

As the oldest of four, I've not known what it was like to sit down and receive encouragement from an older sister. Now I do!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tara M. Yarte on March 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was extremely excited for this book. As a twenty-something who seemingly is constantly in the throes of a quarter life crisis, when my friend told me about this book I thought it would be great. However, I was quite disappointed.
Every story is based 20-something writers. Writers, although able to write an entertaining story, tend to live a different lifestyle financially, culturally, etc. Most of the authors lives in a large city, most were broke struggling writers, etc.
What about all the other 20-somethings out there? I would have enjoyed reading some stories by a variety of 20-somethings, maybe whose stories were edited or helped by professional writers to ensure a good end product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jaye on December 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a twenty-something, I picked up this book for obvious reasons. It was so heartening to learn that what I am going through, other women have gone through and no one has all the answers no matter what path you choose. I plan to share this book with all of my girlfriends.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Krystal M. Wallace on February 18, 2007
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At 20 years old, I am already plagued by those life altering questions such as: where is my artsy boyfriend/why do I not have a loft downtown decorated solely in Italian furniture/is there some logical explanation why there is not a midnight blue Range Rover in my driveway? Self-absorbed and delusional? Yes. Precisely why this collection of essays is for me. Overall the essays where clever and interesting, although they were all written by successful female "chick-lit" authors, and we know their lives turned out just fine, but what about the other struggling cocktail-waitress twenty-somethings out there that now live in a trailer park and are married to a guy named Bubba?
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