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A new book and a new message for the millions of 20-somethings who are still lost -- Tulsa World

A roadmap for emerging from one's 20s successful, happy and grounded -- Publishers Weekly

Down-to-earth advice from hundreds of people who successfully walloped the quarterlife crisis -- Indianapolis Star

Highly effective. . . . Every reader is likely to find one person who truly speaks to his or her concerns. -- Newhouse News Service

Many of our readers in their 20s and early 30s could relate -- Times Herald

Robbins gets answers [that] can point a person in the right direction -- Chicago Tribune

There's a lot of good career advice here -- Washington Post

About the Author

Alexandra Robbins, a contributing editor at Mademoiselle, is a journalist who has written for such publications as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Salon, and Time Digital.
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Product Details

  • Series: Perigee Book
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1st Perigee Pbk. Ed edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953038X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399530388
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Black on August 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read Alexandra Robbins's "Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis." Every now and then, I need a kick in the bum to make me realize other people out there have the same fears, set-backs, and failures as I have. It's not easy being in your 20s. When you leave school, especially college, you have this ideal that your life is going to just work itself out. You'll land a great job, meet the person of your dreams, and buy the home you've always wanted. Needless to say, it gets you down when you're still single, can't afford living on your own, and your job isn't what you thought it would be.

Many of the chapter titles had the same questions and statements that I've pondered. These are the chapters that meant the most to me:

- What if I don't know what I want?

- When do I let go of my dream?

- Why am I having trouble meeting people?

- How important are sparks?

- How do I weight doing something I love versus making money?

- What if I feel like I'm "stuck"?

- How do I stop comparing myself to other people?

- How do I stop feeling so overwhelmed?

However, I didn't find this book very helpful beyond the "I'm not alone" factor. Sure these are questions I've asked and it's nice to read that other people are going through the same thing. But there's very little in the way of advice for dealing with these concerns. The best advice came from the contributors (make lists, imagine this scenario, ask yourself these questions, etc.). Robbins seemed to summarize the contributors' advice in the chapter conclusions in a hopes to claim credit for the idea.
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What a fantastic book! Ms. Robbins writes to today's youth from a point of view of someone who has been there and, unlike many, provides actual, useful, well thought out, and practiced advice. I would highly recommend this book to all college aged "kids" out there -- or for parents to ship off to them!
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The ambition of the book is great. I think the questions posed in the book are pertinent and worth answering for a generation that is facing an entirely new landscape without pre-built tools for dealing with it. She starts out strong with her statement of purpose, but with each new chapter you feel a little bit more disappointed as they continually fall short of being useful.

The book has a lot of feelings in it. There are stories from many "mentors" who have endured tragic or hectic circumstances and much of what they have to say revolves around how they *felt* at the time and how they *feel* now. Some of it is, of course, practical, like "I went to see a therapist" which could actually be practical advice for many people in similar situations, but most of it is really very abstract and touchy-feely.

The attempt by the author and the mentors to deliver difficult solutions for difficult problems is surely a Herculean task and I am appreciative for that much, but I don't feel that I would derive any real value from the book were I having a quarterlife crisis. I suppose that's a large bias that I should flag: I don't feel plagued by any of the questions posed in the book, so it may simply be a case of not falling in the target audience.

I don't think that's exactly it though, but rather more due to my ruthlessly logical nature. I appreciate the emotion involved with traumatic events, but, first, most of the events described in the book don't strike me as traumatic per se, but rather just frustrating. Second, I am loath to accept advice such as "just believe in yourself and eventually your dreams will come true". That advice was dispensed more than once in the book and seemed to be compatible with the book's overarching theme. I like concrete advice.
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This book, I picked it up on a whim but it has already made me think differently about my life and how I'm going to make it better. I didn't even read the chapters in order - I just poked around, looking at questions that interested me at first, but then I kept finding something valuable so I read the whole thing. I never thought I'd read a self help book, but this one was so different than I thought. It's astoundingly helpful.
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Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis is an exceptionally written book that delivers exactly what I need--ADVICE! I am in my Quarterlife Crisis now. I identify directly with several of the mentors. I read the book in 2 days, and I'm so happy I did.

Highly recommended.
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I'm 28 and I'm not exactly happy with where I am right now in life and I feel that I have underachieved up until this point. I always thought that I would be in a totally different position by 28 than I am now. I never expected to hit some road blocks and to encounter the difficulties that I encountered. To address my concerns, I was just browsing around Amazon typing different phrases related to emerging adulthood and this book popped up. I searched through the table of contents and realized that this book was perfect for me because it showed me that there are other people out there who are in my situation and are asking the same questions about life in your twenty's that I was.

This book is a collection of stories from 20 and 30 somethings about different aspects of their "Quarterlife-Crisis." The book is not meant to give you an action plan to address your specific crisis. The purpose of the book, I think, is to show you that you are not alone in your concerns. By reading all the different stories you will feel comfortable in knowing that there are other people who are going through the same things you are going through and that you can succeed just like they did. This book will relieve a lot of anxiety and motivate you.

This is more of a motivational book than a self-help book. I always thought that I was a total loser for not being more successful than some other people my age. I am now motivated more than ever to make my life better and achieve my dreams because this book has helped me to see that your best days are really ahead of you; you just have to take the first step and make the appropriate changes in your life. You can't predict your life but you can do many things to make it the life that you want.
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