Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

Alexandra Robbins Abby Wilner

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Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

Quarterlife Crisis The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties While the midlife crisis has been thoroughly explored by experts there is another landmine period in our adult development called the quarterlife crisis which can be just as devastating When young

  • Title: Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties
  • Author: Alexandra Robbins Abby Wilner
  • ISBN: 9781585421060
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • While the midlife crisis has been thoroughly explored by experts, there is another landmine period in our adult development, called the quarterlife crisis, which can be just as devastating When young adults emerge at graduation from almost two decades of schooling, during which each step to take is clearly marked, they encounter an overwhelming number of choices regardingWhile the midlife crisis has been thoroughly explored by experts, there is another landmine period in our adult development, called the quarterlife crisis, which can be just as devastating When young adults emerge at graduation from almost two decades of schooling, during which each step to take is clearly marked, they encounter an overwhelming number of choices regarding their careers, finances, homes, and social networks Confronted by an often shattering whirlwind of new responsibilities, new liberties, and new options, they feel helpless, panicked, indecisive, and apprehensive.Quarterlife Crisis is the first book to document this phenomenon and offer insightful advice on smoothly navigating the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood, from school to the world beyond It includes the personal stories of than one hundred twentysomethings who describe their struggles to carve out personal identities to cope with their fears of failure to face making choices rather than avoiding them and to balance all the demanding aspects of personal and professional life From What do all my doubts mean to How do I know if the decisions I m making are right this book compellingly addresses the hardest questions facing young adults today.

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    1. Brandi on said:

      I picked this book up because one of my friends showed me the website that goes along with the book. Even when I looked at the cover I was unsure how I felt about it.I'm normally a fast reader, but this one took me a long time to get through - I think because as one other reviewer pointed out, its mostly other 20-something's whining about how difficult their lives are. Now, don't get me wrong as a 27 year old, I know that things are difficult. I know it's hard to make decisions, find the right j [...]

    2. Mike on said:

      When they wrote in the introduction that the entire book was based on interviews and not any psychological or sociological research and that their purpose was solely in defining the problem--I should have put the book down. But I was trapped in jury duty with few other options. I only made it to page 50, but I'll rewrite the book so you don't have to read it: Post-school life is hard because it doesn't have clearly defined goals. Now is the time in your life when all that "you can be whatever yo [...]

    3. Scott Dinsmore on said:

      Why I Read this Book: So many of us think we have the answers before we even realize we don’t fully understand all of the problems. I looked to this book for help with these problems at an age when I needed it most.Review:No matter what age you are as you read this or what experiences you have had in your lifetime, you can be pretty sure you have gone through a quarterlife crisis. It is actually a pretty funny thing to think about. If you were like me when I first read this book, the idea of a [...]

    4. Colleen on said:

      "Don't look back. They might be gaining on you."-- The Quarterlife Crisis, p. 84.The authors of The Quarterlife Crisis provide their own hypocrisy and congratulations. As they highlight in the introductory chapters, our generation is different. "Gen X" is meaningless. We have more choices than any other generation. Finally, we have few common momentous events to tie us together, as the baby-boomers did with the JFK assassination, for instance. (9/11 predated this publication.)Moreover, Robbins a [...]

    5. Bitchin' Reads on said:

      I purchased this book when I was in college, and now I understand why it was in the bargain bin--it is almost 200 pages of millennials 20 years and older airing their griefs against the world. This massive 'woe is me' attitude is laughable, especially since this book is story after story after story of how life early on did not prepare someone to succeed and be happy as an adult in the Real World. I am 25, so I can agree that my upbringing and my education up to my bachelors did not prepare me t [...]

    6. Lee on said:

      The synchronicities made me laughing out loudI was looking for a gift for my soon-to-be 25 years old best friend when I found this book, and the concept of quarter-life crisis has been a running joke for both of us; long before we even experience it.Yeah, the quarter-life crisis is not an entirely new concept, a little unnoticed maybe. But it could be because we, the twenty-somethings, couldn't be easily generalized.So when I read this book, I was annoyed with the feelings of 'being forced' to u [...]

    7. Victoria on said:

      Like exit loan counseling, Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner's Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties should be required for college graduates. While Robbins and Wilner do not provide a guide on how to survive these challenging years, readers will benefit if they reflect on the thought provoking dialogue and as a result, may find they can generate their own hope and possible ways to cope with the transition from college to the "real world" on their own. Although the a [...]

    8. Dani on said:

      I decided to read this book because I just graduated from college and feel as if this is the lost summer. I thought that this book would be like "Reviving Ophelia" (which I cherished as a kid when I was going through that stage in my life as well as an adult when I was trying to look back on my adolescence). The same is not true of this book. Though there are many vignettes of post-graduates and their tribulations in the adult world, there is very little guidance or advice. Though the reader is [...]

    9. Heather on said:

      As a 25 year old, I was intrigued by the concept of this book. However, I think that this book was completely not meant for me (perhaps, it would have been 8 years ago). I believe the minute I became a mom that this book no longer could apply. While there was some mention of young parents, I could not relate to them at all.I got pregnant (I dealt with it and grew up in those nine months); when my daughter was born, it was done. I was an adult, it wasn't about me. One person stated "having my chi [...]

    10. Bryan on said:

      I read this for a class. It's personal accounts from countless recent grads—no actual studies or research. All anecdotal. It also paints millennials as negatively as you possibly can while trying to advocate on their behalfIt's 200 pages of mini interviews; mostly the same story, but with minor details changed. Every time I picked this up, it was a chore. I knew that, even if I were to relate to a certain situation, it would be laid out in such a repetitive & boring manner that it would lo [...]

    11. Thanh on said:

      Quyển sách về những trải nghiệm khủng hoảng tuổi thành niên đã hoặc đang diễn ra để đúc kết thành kinh nghiệm, lời khuyên thông qua các cuộc phỏng các cá nhân tham gia, từ những người đang học đại học hoặc đã đi làm, từ những người lao động trí óc đến những người lao động tay chân hay cả những người không biết làm gì, từ những người có tài chính vững mạnh đến những người [...]

    12. Jordan on said:

      This book is very repetitive and mostly for privileged kids. If I have to hear one more person complain about not being able to travel to Europe for a month

    13. Alan Chen on said:

      It took me years to finish this book for the reason that while I was experiencing the crisis and was eager to finally get into something that seemingly recognized my problems, the book itself was very hard to get through and very ineffective at holding my attention. Good at maybe illustrating the problem, and certainly a few tips I could have used had I read it years earlier. Interesting to see how things have changed (or not). Certainly, there are now a few unifying events (eg 9/11, Obama) and [...]

    14. Ryan on said:

      The Quarterlife Crisis is an interesting read. It's eye-opening to a point. Looking at the average 20something, being a self-involved douche, more concerned with screwing anything with two legs, binge drinking themselves into oblivion it's hard not to see straight through them: they have some seriously emotional issues. This book only helps to confirm what i've long known. The twenties are a tumultuous time for everybody. You're booted from high school or college, and then told to grow up. In th [...]

    15. Jill on said:

      I would highly recommend this to anyone who is in their senior year of college or somewhere in their twenties. I felt like they were not just talking about my lfie, but talking to me, right from the moment I started reading the introduction. All the feelings that I have been struggling with for the past year or two were mentioned throughout the book, with the constant refrain: "You are not alone."Unfortunately, the book was written pre-9/11 and pre-financial crisis, so some of the things that th [...]

    16. Katie G on said:

      I found this book at a library sale, and I was really excited about it. The description sounded exactly like what I was going through. I read the first third of the book in a matter of hours, so excited to finally find other people who were describing the problems I was dealing with. I was set to give this book 5 stars.But then I kept reading, and it got less interesting. This book would have been great if it had stopped at like 50 pages, maybe 75. It's still not a long book, but it's definitely [...]

    17. Alex Gregory on said:

      If this book has taught me anything, it's that the authors not only don't understand my generation, but that they seem to reinforce the "woe is me" stereotypes present in today's culture.Make no mistake - I have little sympathy for my generation. I have friends who are still trying to "find themselves" while they're in their mid-30's, others who do nothing more than get drunk and take dead-end jobs in the hope that things will get better someday, graduates who are entitled, rotten little brats w [...]

    18. Harris on said:

      I wonder what I would have made of this book if I had read it the year it was published, 2001, the year I graduated from high school and started college. Would I have found anything of interest, any insight that may have altered my later decisions? As it was, I had not heard of Robbins and Wilner's writing on the "Quarterlife Crisis" nor had I encountered the term. I had no way of knowing how much just a few years later I would find myself a in the midst of exactly what the book describes. Becom [...]

    19. Kiera Peacock on said:

      The thing is, this book isn't what I was looking for. This isn't self-helpy or memoiry like so many books with titles like this one. I should have taken one look at the cover and known better. Better yet, I should have read the back cover or the author bios-- this isn't a romp in your twenties, tell all, confessional, advice columnist type book. This is a sociological look into what it was like to be in your twenties in 2001. The book was published in 2001 after doing interviews of 20 somethings [...]

    20. Emily on said:

      Eh. A pretty easy read, but a book I had some issues with:1)The sample studied in this book consists exclusively of college-educated men and women in their twenties. Not exactly a diverse, representative sample of "twentysomethings". One could conclude that this either indicates that a)it's the college education that leads to a quarterlife crisis, since people who aren't college educated appear to not have one or b) we shouldn't care what people who aren't college educated are dealing with (eith [...]

    21. KC on said:

      I got myself this book for my 25th birthday, having recently graduated from college, started a job, and moved out on my own to a big city. While I fit the target audience perfectly, I found much of the book inapplicable to me, since a large part of the featured case studies are about twentysomethings who majored in 'something they love,' and then found themselves moping around with no direction after college, bumming around their parent's house, working at pizza hut, or amassing huge debt to go [...]

    22. Jenn on said:

      The author's goal is to inform readers about the quarterlife crisis and bring it into open discussion so that those who are going through it don't suffer silently or alone. In that respect, the author is successful. I was able to determine that I am not going through a quarterlife crisis but I have friends who might be and I think the book will prove just as helpful to others in making that determination as well. Unfortunately, the book otherwise completely lacks ambition. While I agree that eac [...]

    23. Dan on said:

      (This is cribbed from my review of the book, which I wrote in early 2005. To date, it is the ONLY book review I have submitted for , and it was a one star review. Kinda goes to show you how much I hated this book. 3 out of 4 people found it helpful, though!)After hearing the co-author, Alexandra Robbins, give an opinion piece on NPR, I became interested in her work. After all, I felt I was in a similar position, halfway between 20 and 30, no real goals, maybe this book could, if not help, at le [...]

    24. Kirsten on said:

      This book was written in 2001 and it's funny to me how much things have (and have not changed). Some major changes include the existence of job searching websites, online dating, and health insurance coverage until age 26. It was difficult to relate to the "endless choices" these graduates had as the unemployment rate now is so much higher. Unfortunately, a bachelor's degree has become even more depreciated since this book was published and it's still hard to "get your foot in the door." That be [...]

    25. Marysia on said:

      I was really glad to read this book. I've been feeling pretty lost since I graduated, and most recent graduates I know are having similar difficulties, but it's something the media seems to largely ignore. There's plenty about adolescence and teenage issues but then it just seems to stop. Maybe it's because the previous generation doesn't realize how much has changed between their early adulthood and ours.This book was written in 2001, but there are already some things that have changed. Several [...]

    26. Feistymonkey on said:

      I agree with the general premise that there is an additional "crisis" period in young adulthood that deserves to be taken seriously, but think that the author's shared background as college educated people has blinded them to the fact that the real crisis is precipitated not by the transition from college to "the real world" but by the inevitable period in EVERYONE'S life when they are still totally unestablished and uncertain about their next step. Moreover, I think that some of the ideas expre [...]

    27. Rachel Ann Brickner on said:

      This book won't necessarily change your life, but I was interested in the case-study-like structure of the book and reading about the different challenges post-undergrads faced and how they faced them upon graduating. Not everyone will relate to this book or the stories included, but I do think the authors were able to include a fair amount of variety in the interviewees they chose. It would be nice to read an updated version, however, since most of the subjects graduated from university over a [...]

    28. Sharon on said:

      I stopped reading this book even though I was more than 1/3 of the way in, which I don't normally do. Even though it's a light read, I think it's too directionless, like the twentysomethings that it constantly quotes. It's unclear to me what the purpose of the book really is, and I couldn't figure out why I was reading it either, so I stopped.I was disappointed, since I really enjoyed Pledged - The Secret Life of Sororities and The Overachievers - The Secret Lives of Driven Kids, both by Alexand [...]

    29. Hannah on said:

      I could barely get past the first 30 pages. This book hasn't told me anything new about being 20something even though I'm only 21. It's really boring and based completely on anecdotal evidence. To be honest, in psychology class, teachers tell us that "mid-life crises" don't actually exist and that most 50somethings have stable lives and do just fine. Therefore, I don't think the quarterlife crisis exists. Yes, adjusting to life can be hard, but that can be hard at any age and depends more on som [...]

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