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20 Something Manifesto: Quarter-Lifers Speak Out About Who They Are, What They Want, and How to Get It Paperback – January 29, 2008
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"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."
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"A great read for twenty somethings seeking honest answers to life's challenging questions....I strongly recommend this book."
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"Important information in an easy-to-digest format... highly recommended."
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Cant wait for my daughter to read this! Will update when she finishes ;)Published 1 month ago by Angie L Radford
Love the interviews, manifestos and real life examples from other 20 something's. This book flows long quite easily and I guarantee you will find plenty to take away!Published 18 months ago by Jwids18
Marvelous guide for individuals and as a group manual. I am using it as a "text" for the bewildering and changing demands of our current bewildering demands of a new... Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Elizabeth Campbell
Bought this book for my brother and he loves it. I haven't read it but he is passing it along to his friendPublished on March 7, 2013 by Kevin D. Williams
I really enjoyed most of this book, but I thought it was a little long (and boring) in some areas. On one hand, I enjoyed the stories from others, which made me feel like someone... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Stephen S.
As a 20-something, you're often dealing with not having a logical "next-step" for the first time as you finish college, trying to find a job, and figuring out both who you are and... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by K. Wilkins
This book is extremely helpful. I went through a period of aimless misery after graduating college, and this book has been the main key to helping me through it.Published on December 19, 2012 by Theresa Wilkin
This book was awesome! It gave me a million "aha moments" Christine gives loads of advice and although she doesn't solve your problems she gives you tools to get and take control... Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by T. Pritchett