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Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived

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The practical followup to the acclaimed bestseller

In 2001, the groundbreaking book Quarterlife Crisis® addressed the unique and unsettling trials of entering modern adulthood. For the first time, it identified how twentysomethings were lost and confused, and lamented the absence of a guide-a roadmap with solutions for how to emerge from the crisis successful, happy, and sane.

Now, the author of Quarterlife Crisis® delivers that roadmap. ...

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Overview

The practical followup to the acclaimed bestseller

In 2001, the groundbreaking book Quarterlife Crisis® addressed the unique and unsettling trials of entering modern adulthood. For the first time, it identified how twentysomethings were lost and confused, and lamented the absence of a guide-a roadmap with solutions for how to emerge from the crisis successful, happy, and sane.

Now, the author of Quarterlife Crisis® delivers that roadmap. Alexandra Robbins goes beyond defining the problem of the quarterlife crisis and puts readers on the path to conquering it. She asks-and answers-the tough, soul-searching questions that keep young adults awake at night:

- How do I weigh doing what I love versus making money?
- Will I ever find my "soul mate"?
- Why is it so hard to make friends?
- Why are my twenties so different from what I expected?

With new voices as well as follow-up interviews with some of the original Quarterlife Crisis® twentysomethings, Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis® is the new go-to guide for people who want it all...but just aren't sure what that is yet.

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In 2001, Alexandra Robbins delivered the sad news that being 20-something wasn't necessarily a bed of roses. Her Quarterlife Crisis squelched Me-Generation misconceptions about those supposedly "no sweat" post-college years. In Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis, she sketches out a road map for navigating past those vexing young adult problems: Will I ever find my soul mate? Why is it so hard to make friends? How do I choose between pursuing my dreams or pursuing big bucks?
Library Journal
This is Robbins's follow-up to Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties, wherein she was one of the first to document the harsh realities facing young adults in this generation. Here, she offers valuable input on love, friendships, money, and unfulfilled expectations to those experiencing the uncertainty of young adulthood.
Chicago Tribune
Robbins gets answers that can point a person in the right direction.
Washington Post
There's a lot of good career advice here.
Tulsa World
A new book and a new message for the millions of 20-somethings who are still lost.
Indianapolis Star
Down-to-earth advice from hundreds of people who successfully walloped the quarterlife crisis.
Times Herald
Many of our readers in their 20s and early 30s could relate.
Newhouse News Service
Highly effective. . . . Every reader is likely to find one person who truly speaks to his or her concerns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399530388
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/5/2004
  • Edition description: PERIGEE
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 313,656
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Robbins

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Answers xi
Part 1 Hopes and Dreams 1
1. What if I don't know what I want? 3
2. How do I find my passion? 15
3. When do I let go of my dream? 26
4. What if I don't get what I want by the age I thought I'd get it? 39
5. How do I start over? or, What if I spent years working hard and now realize I made a mistake? 46
Part 2 Relationships 55
6. Why am I having trouble meeting people? 57
7. How important are sparks? 65
8. How do I know if I'm dating The One? 72
9. How do I know if I was just experimenting or if I'm really gay or bi? 79
Part 3 Work Life 85
10. How do I weigh doing something I love versus making enough money? 87
11. Will I always hate going to work? 96
12. When do I give up on a job? 103
13. What if I want to completely change direction in my career? 111
14. Should I go back to school? or, What if school was a waste? 119
Part 4 Home, Friends, and Family 127
15. Why is it so hard to live alone? 129
16. What if I feel like I'm "stuck"? 135
17. Why is it so hard to find friends? 141
18. What if my friends and I are drifting apart? 148
19. How do I stop comparing myself to other people? 154
20. Should I move back in with my parents? 162
Part 5 Identity 169
21. Why can't I deal with adulthood? 171
22. What do I do if my life seems boring or meaningless? 180
23. How do I stop feeling so overwhelmed? 191
24. When will I stop feeling afraid of and start looking forward to growing older? 198
25. What if I don't like myself? or, Will I ever be happy? 203
Conclusion 220
Acknowledgments 225
About the Author 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    perfect Graduation book

    My father gave me this book as part of a graduation gift. I am so happy he did. I don't know how I would be prepared for all this real world stuff without it and without knowing that so many people before me have faced the same challenges and conquered them. I recommend this as required reading for all graduates, bar none.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2005

    I loved the mentors

    I just saw the author on TV yesterday and it spurred me to do something I've been meaning to do. Namely, write this review. I enjoyed the book. It provided the targeted advice I need and allowed me to extrapolate from the mentors' advice to suit my own needs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2005

    A little more help needed...

    This book was just okay. I liked the description of problems related to work as a recent grad and having a social life in a new place where you don't know anybody. But I already know what my problems are. I wish the book had helped provide some solutions!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    A Great Book for We Youngsters

    Being 23 I can totally relate to most of the issues in this book. I highly recommed it for anyone in their twenties, especially those who don't know what to do with their life. Just reading about others reasures you that you're not abnormal and helps you to process your own feelings. A very helpful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    Changed my relationship with my twentysomething

    I'm likely not this book's typical reader, being 48, but reading this made me understand how to help my own twentysomething, who couldn't believe I took the time to read this book and sit down with him to talk about it. He read it after I did, now has a specific plan of action, and knows that I'm on his side. A gift for both of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    Must Read for Anyone In Quarterlife Crisis

    This book is great. I don't normally buy too many books, but the topic is great, the price is right, and it has great tips for making it through the Quarterlife Crisis. I was a fan of the first book, but Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis is so much more and so much better. It has helped me already, and I'm only half way through.

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