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Lavinthal and Rozler (The Hookup Handbook), build on the meaning of the quarterlife crisis first defined in the 2001 eponymous book with a mildly irreverent exploration of a person's late 20s and early 30s, a transition time marked by a growing restlessness and "Redo-Berty" (Puberty Part Deux), where a wealth of choices, options, and expectations can overwhelm. Lavinthal and Rozler seek to offer these lost, aging souls comfort, fun, and "frank girl talk," with humorous yet serious advice on dating, love, career, and growing up, as the authors did, with a pop culture perspective (they take their title from a mid-90s TV show that, despite its one-season run, has attained cult status). With chapters like "Renter, Owner, or Squatter: A Place to Call Home" and "Hooking Up, Shacking Up, and Marrying Up: The State of Your Love Life," they bring a number of life lessons to quarterlifers in the hopes of easing the rocky transition from watching The Real World to living in it.
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Now that you're approaching 30—or just getting over the trauma of the big 3-0—reality has set in. You're about to be an adult, minus the air quotes. But you don't have to do it alone.

Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler will help you enter true adulthood looking and feeling good in the only way they know how: with tons of wit and wisdom. Featuring interviews with nearly thirty experts—including doctors, career counselors, and financial planners—this handy, helpful book guides women through their second bout of growing pains and offers advice on:

  • how to manage a difficult boss.
  • how to deal with your ticking biological clock (if such a thing even exists).
  • how to throw the perfect party in your tiny new apartment without breaking the bank.
  • how to enjoy a Friday night as a seventh wheel with your married friends and their husbands.

Your So-Called Life is the bible for all “post-quarter-life crisis” women who need guidance transitioning into the real world with smarts and savvy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061938386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061938382
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,789,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This clever guide to life in your thirties will have you laughing out loud. I too am in my early thirties so the points about relationships, friendships, careers, and body issues really hit home. And the cute references from tween/teenage years left me with a twinge of nostagia (think home perms!)

It's a quick read that will leave you feeling good about being in your thirties and helps you realize that you are not alone in dealing with all of the issues you "should" have figured out by now!
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Such a terrific read for ANYONE feeling the presence of the 30 something gorillas in the room...the ones no one talks about or tells you they see too!

These ladies find a way to make sense of, shed light on and make you smile about life's everyday dramas in such an endearing way. Be prepared to smile a lot, tear up a bit and generally feel better about the million plus thoughts that run through your mind daily.
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By Jessica on October 2, 2010
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If you are in your 30s you will love this book! It's a fun, fast read, and having read it will make you smile as you head out to deal with some of the very same situations they talk about in this book. Well worth the read!
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This book is smart, funny and has it totally together. Everything you hoped you would be at 30. But-if you (like me) don't quite have it together yet, you are not alone. Lavinthal and Rozler help you navigate through the "thrisis" years with humor and heart. A must-read and great gift for that 30th birthday party you've got on the calendar in between the weddings, baby showers, blind dates and work appointments...
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I really enjoyed this book and the fact that it's both humorous and real to women's lives! It's very true to our generation (ages 26 to 34), and as someone about to be 30, I was happy to see that so many women around my age are going through similar life changes. I also enjoyed how they compared this life stage to our early teen years, especially growing up in the 80s and 90s (nostalgia). However, I wish there were a chapter specifically on becoming a mother, since most/many (college educated, at least) women start that part of their lives somewhere between 26 and 34. I'd love to read about what other women my age go through when they make the decision whether or not to become a mom and then how they deal with the decision later on. Great book though and I will recommend it to my friends! :)
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