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Product Details

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Relevant Media Group Inc (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971457689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971457683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,835,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jason Boyett is the co-author of Cheap Ways To... and an award-winning creative director for a print and communications company in Texas. He is a musician, artist and writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications. When not working, he can most likely be found hanging out with his wife and two young children, playing the hammered dulcimer, or fly-fishing in New Mexico.

More About the Author

Jason Boyett is the author of several books, the most recent of which is the Kindle e-book Pocket Guide to 2012. It joins several other books in his Pocket Guide series of titles (Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse, Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, etc.). Jason is also the author of O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling (Zondervan). His writing has appeared in a variety of publications--including Salon, Paste, the Daily Beast, and Relevant--and he is the host and co-creator of the weekly 9 Thumbs podcast (9thumbs.com). Follow Jason online at jasonboyett.com, at facebook.com/jasonboyettbooks, and on twitter @jasonboyett.

Customer Reviews

Most things I already knew, the others I didn't care about.
Cheryl Ferry
I highly recommend it for people looking for a twenty-anything birthday gift, or a college graduation gift.
bostonredneck
It's an easy, witty read, packed with common sense and good information.
Lin sexton

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Ferry on August 31, 2005
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I need to know how to perform a card trick by the time I'm quarter aged? Maybe if I was a magician that might be useful. I thought this book might be a little deeper than that, but all it is is a bunch of little tidbits of useless, and sometimes incorrect, information.

For example, in the section on credit card debt, he advises you to get out of debt by slicing up your credit card and then canceling the account. Cutting the card up is fine, but he neglects to mention that canceling a card can actually HURT your credit score, because your credit rating is based on your debt as a percentage of the total credit available to you. So if you cancel a card, you have less total credit available. Even the most basic books on debt will tell you this, which leads me to beleive this guy did absolutely no research, at least in this area.

And.. a chapter on how to buy groceries? Uh.. if you made it to "quarter-aged", I'm pretty sure you have a basic idea of how to purchase groceries. His tips include making a list, and eating before you go.. wow thanks for the ground-breaking advice.

I also found his "humourous" puns to be quite annoying and so numerous as to be most of the filler in this book. And they're not even funny. There are also way too many personal stories about this guys life. I suppose one of the "Things I Should Know by Now" is that he was afraid of the pie man on Sesame Street. Who cares!

A total waste of time and energy. Most things I already knew, the others I didn't care about. I guess I'm ahead of the game then.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bostonredneck on August 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm actually 21, transitioning to another new school, and only beginning to realize that, statistically speaking, I only have 9 more years of life before entering adulthood. This book managed to be informative while catering wit to my short attention span. What's great about the author is his very casual, almost big-brother tone. I found some of the chapters perfectly answered the EXACT questions I usually think about (like an FAQ for 21-year-olds: dating, finances, and smoothie-making) and others to be things I hadn't thought about, but were equally compelling ("the value of stories" and "what marriage isn't"). A lot of my friends are starting off in their own apartments for this upcoming year, and they've thumbed through it and found helpful advice as well. I highly recommend it for people looking for a twenty-anything birthday gift, or a college graduation gift.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lin sexton on December 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
Ok, my 26 year-old son is reading this book, so I pick it up and flip through it. Two hours later, I'm yelling, "Why didn't I have this book when I was 25?" Guests who came for the holidays fought over it, read chapters aloud and repeated my question. It's an easy, witty read, packed with common sense and good information. More important, the author has his life together, yet he lacks the arrogance of many older humans who think they have life figured out. The book is refreshing, honest, funny, and as a bonus, it's helpful to those of us trying to understand this generation. The author is courageous to include the last chapter, which explains the source of the humilty, freedom, creativity and security he exudes. I appreciated that greatly. It takes guts to openly explain one's spiritual values in a world that says everything's relative. Maybe that's why Boyett sounds like a guy you'd like to sit down and have coffee with at Starbucks... he's honest and open and pretty darn secure!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Josling on November 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is very uneven. Some of the advice is ridiculous such as having a pest inspector in to check your house on a monthy basis.

Some is just platitudes such as "the best way to live is generously". Well maybe as long as you limit your exposure to being ripped off.

The financial advice is good for the most part.

Nowhere does the author say how he knows all this and why we should believe him. You don't know which advice is good and which is not, if you don't already know.

There is a lot to learn in life, so by all means read this book but don't rely too heavily on it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Trimble on May 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
The school of hard knocks, so often lauded by its graduates, is vastly overrated. Better to preempt those thorny lessons and enjoy more roses along the way, and Boyett dishes up some essential wisdom and joi de vivre in an accessible way in this book. He writes with an intelligence, compassion, literacy and a certain snarkiness that is at once sensible, engaging and cool. I particularly like the way he lightly underscores some precepts with a few biblical examples without the usual dogma, goosebumps or smarmy condescension. Buy a copy of this book with confidence for every graduate and young adult you know. And for your own benefit, be sure to read it yourself before you give it away.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pira Tritasavit on June 4, 2003
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Jason Boyett was interviewed on a local radio station here in San Francisco ... and I was the lucky recipient this Quarter-Life Mini-Manual during a Giveaway contest.
I just got it in the mail yesterday, couldn't put it down, and have been laughing 'til my ribs hurt. Shared it with my morning carpool (a typically lazy 9th grade student who later mentioned to me, "That's a Cool book"). Brought it to school to show some teacher-colleagues. Even brought it with me to show some friends last nite at a mellow Edwin McCain/Sister Hazel concert.
Some of the practical advice Boyett gives makes me whimper with shame, mostly because I didn't know I should've known it by now. But upon jumping around (you are encouraged to browse the book), I decided to read the EPILOGUE early and was impressed by Boyett's conversational, casual, disarming, and never-condescending voice as a writer, Christian, and caring soul. We need more of these kinds of writers who are willing to bring practical faith into a practical world.
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