Kindle Price: $10.30

Save $5.70 (36%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

Get the Free Kindle App

Enter email or phone number to get a link

Processing your request...

Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? Kindle Edition

15 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$10.30

Length: 301 pages
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $4.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Audible Narration: Ready

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Editorial Reviews

Review

''With humor and insight, the authors deftly volley commentary and observation across the generation gap.'' --Publishers Weekly

''An examination that escapes the dangers of overgeneralization to provide provocative information presented compellingly.'' --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG is an acclaimed science journalist, the author of eight books, and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. In 2010 she received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, as well as a Guggenheim Foundation grant.

SAMANTHA HENIG is the online news editor of the New York Times Magazine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (November 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T99KGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

I'm a long-time science journalist and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. In addition to my most recent book -- Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?, co-authored with my daughter Samantha Henig -- I've written eight others, as well as articles about health and medicine for The New York Times Magazine, Civilization, Discover, Scientific American, Newsweek, Slate, and just about every woman's magazine in the grocery store. I'm vice president of the National Association of Science Writers, doyenne of a terrific writers salon that meets periodically in my living room, and in 2010 I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors as well as a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.

I went to Cornell, where I met my husband Jeff, a political scientist who teaches at Columbia University's Teachers College. Jeff and I raised our daughters, Samantha and her older sister Jess, in Takoma Park, Maryland, while Jeff was teaching at George Washington University. Now we're empty nesters in Manhattan, and spend our free time going to movies and museums, walking in Central Park, and reading for our co-ed book club.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kundera on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
At first glance of the book jacket--the authors are a mother (who happens to be an eminent science writer) and daughter--I thought this book might be targeted at twenty-something women. (I'm a young man.) But as I started flipping through, I found that not to be the case at all. In fact, I think I might have appreciated the sections written by Sam (the daughter) all the more because I have precious few female friends who I want to have a conversation with regarding many of the topics in this book. That brings me to my overall feeling about the book: It's like a compilation of really frank conversations that I want to have at this stage in my life, but as if the conversations are with a friend who is wildly more informed than any friend I could actually have. (The authors surveyed twenty-somethings, and include their input throughout as well, so there's an engaging roundtable--or happy hour?--feel to many topics.) Obviously, I felt like certain topics were more relevant to my present day life than others, but the book is conducive to reference-style jumping into whatever subject you happen to be interested in at the moment. My only qualm is with the Chap. 6 opening discussing the twenties: "You'll never again be as sexy, as clever, as beautiful." Needless to say, that's one point in the book that doesn't apply to me, and I'm sure doesn't apply to you either.

I can't speak from a parent's perspective, but a person in my age range (yeah, ok, so I'm barely out of twenty-something) is undoubtedly going to find worthwhile topics in here, all addressed in a supremely welcoming and engaging manner.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on November 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As a 20-something, I wondered how much I could possibly learn from this book. I misjudged. Twentysomething gives context to the big life worries that keep me up at night. Am I far enough along in my personal life? In my career? How come in many ways I seem behind my parents, but in others I feel ahead? Reading this book, I found myself not worrying, but thinking -- and feeling more optimistic, too.

PSA to other 20-somethings: This is a holiday present for worried Baby Boomer parents that will give right back to you, too. Not only will they lighten up a bit; they'll also have something substantive to say, and maybe remember that their own youths were not so simple, either.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. on January 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a Baby Boomer, have you ever asked yourself this question about your youth, "What WAS I thinking?" The authors have done Baby Boomers a wonderful service by compiling mountains of research about the social and psychological history of our generation. I found myself reading this book and having eureka moments every few pages. Putting my behavior in context helped me understand my life in ways I never have before.

Yes, reading the sections about today's young adults gave me insights into the world of my twenty-something daughter. However, because the book compares and contrasts my daughter's world with the world of my own youth, I gained a much richer understanding.

While the title of the book focuses on understanding twenty somethings, this book also provides Baby Boomers, whether or not they are parents, a way to make sense of their own lives.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edith Cahill on November 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While the synthesis of a plenitude of scientific studies on emerging adulthood make this book insightful and information packed, the memoir passages provided by Samantha give make it warm and relatable. The structure of alternating first person passages with analysis of research findings is inspired and fun to read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Kirpich on January 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Finally a coherent road map to understanding my kids and a guide to having them understand me. Read it cover to cover and found myself identifying with so much.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition
The format of the book is excellent, with alternating chapters written by mother and daughter. This translates into a very conversational, engaging experience that keeps the reader engaged. The authors admit upfront that their data isn't professional, so I can't give this book five stars. That said, they do a good job making reasonable conclusions from their small body of reported data, and maintain a tone of modest authority that prevents the book from sounding overconfident. This is a good space to think about the twenties of millennials. It was a great read on my own; it would be an *excellent* choice to read with a parent or (twenty-something) child. -Ryan Mease
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sha on August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As the mother of a Millennial college student, I've become concerned for his future when I see his peers who have graduated, apparently not moving on in life. I got this book to see if there are reasons why. While some points made by the author seem plausible, basically after all was said and done, this generation is not very different from ours. What is nice about this book is that both view points are presented by a mother-daughter team - a Baby Boomer & a Millennial. A good read for parents of children of this generation.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Berger on January 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
... yet I found this book fascinating. This book is a must read for any baby boomer who has twenty-thirty something adult children - or even those who work with them. It challenges assumptions in an interesting and useful way!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in