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What’s a quarterlife crisis? It’s the awkward phase you go through halfway to your midlife crisis: that thrilling period when the structures of your life -- parents’ rules and school schedule -- fall away. “The extreme uncertainty that twenty-somethings experience after graduation occurs because what was once a solid line that they could follow throughout their series of educational institutions has now disintegrated into millions of different options,” write Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner. “The sheer number of possibilities can certainly inspire hope…. But the endless array of decisions can also make a recent graduate feel utterly lost.” Too often, Robbins and Wilner report, recent graduates find themselves drowning, directionless, in an open sea of possibility.
In this book, 20-somethings Robbins and Wilner lead us through the difficult period between being a graduate and being a grown-up. They share with us the personal insights and stories of 100 about-to-be-adults and provide us with a more realistic perspective on this misunderstood period of life. “The 20s are supposed to be easy, because no one talks about these problems, and because the difficulties are therefore so unexpected,” explain the authors. “And at the fragile, doubt-ridden age during which the quarterlife crisis occurs, the ramifications can be extremely dangerous.” Quarterlifers need to know that they’re not alone in their feelings -- that others are swimming through the same troubles and the same hopes. By documenting the real feelings of recent grads, Robbins and Wilner create a unique guide to the slippery, amazing, depressing years between childhood and adulthood. (Jesse Gale)