Ruminations on Twentysomething Life

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IS THERE LIFE AFTER COLLEGE?
In this sidesplitting follow-up to his smash hit, Ruminations on College Life, Aaron Karo takes readers on another outrageous journey — this time through his early twenties. With hilarious anecdotes and irreverent observations, Karo captures the twentysomething experience like never before and answers the question, "Is there life after college?"
Featuring the very best of his world-renowned email column as well as ...

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Overview

IS THERE LIFE AFTER COLLEGE?
In this sidesplitting follow-up to his smash hit, Ruminations on College Life, Aaron Karo takes readers on another outrageous journey — this time through his early twenties. With hilarious anecdotes and irreverent observations, Karo captures the twentysomething experience like never before and answers the question, "Is there life after college?"
Featuring the very best of his world-renowned email column as well as brand-new material published here for the first time, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life details Karo's evolution from frat boy to manhood and explores the frenzied lives of a generation living in the strange and unique gap between college and marriage. With his trademark acerbic wit, Karo ruminates on everything from your first day on the job to the last call at the bar.
Perfect for students about to get their first dose of reality, twentysomethings procrastinating at work, or anyone who wants to relive their glory days, this book is sure to have readers laughing out loud and nodding their heads in agreement that there is indeed life after college.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Ruminations on Twentysomething Life examines those awkward and absurd moments we all have after college but are afraid to admit. If Jerry Seinfeld and Candace Bushnell had an illegitimate child, its name would be Aaron Karo."
— Farrah Weinstein, New York Post

"Karo supplies refreshing insight into the warped mind of the twentysomething male with both biting sarcasm and brutal honesty. Thank God I never hooked up with him."
— Andrea Lavinthal, editor, Cosmopolitan, and co-author of The Hookup Handbook

"Focusing on a variety of inane but inescapably crucial subjects such as losing cell phones, trying to deal with the fact that your roommate is now in a relationship, dealing with first jobs you hate, overbearing but well-meaning parents, and of course, the constant pursuit of easy sex, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life reads like a hilarious how-to manual for the fresh out of college set....Aaron Karo's experiences are universal, but his ability to transform everyday minutiae into comic relief makes for addictive reading, no matter what your age."
— Krys Longan, Steppin' Out Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743269636
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 5.06 (h) x 7.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Karo, author of Ruminations on College Life, has worked on Wall Street and as a comedian. Guess which one he prefers. Visit him in New York City or online at www.AaronKaro.com.

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Introduction: welcome to twentysomething life

In a nutshell, being twentysomething means you are only concerned with two things: trying to get laid and trying not to get laid off. It also means that, for a while, birthdays become much less important. Shortly after I turned twenty-four, I realized what a meaningless milestone it was. After all, turning nineteen is a big deal because it's your last year as a teenager and your twentieth birthday is important because it's the beginning of your twenties. And at twenty-one, you are, at long last, legal. But from twenty-two to twenty-four, not much happens. Once you get past your "I wish I was still in college phase," you sort of get into a groove for a few years and refuse to look ahead. Then all of a sudden your twenty-fifth birthday comes along and all hell breaks loose. Next thing you know you're engaged and living in the suburbs spending your weekends at Crate & Barrel shopping for placemats. But before you hit the big Two-Five, your early twenties can be some of the most carefree and amazing years of your life. In fact, if your adolescence can be described as the "Wonder Years," then I say that ages twenty-two, twenty-three, and twenty-four deserve to get their own name too — the "Whatever Years."

But before I take you on this journey through my Whatever Years, I must first take you back to where it all began. In September 1997, as a hard-partying freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, I began writing emails filled with anecdotes and observations about college life to twenty of my high school buddies. By the time I graduated four years later, those emails had spawned a regular column with over 11,000 subscribers around the world. Within a year, I had published Ruminations on College Life, a compilation of those emails, and began a new column called "RUMINATIONS." The new column picked up where the book left off, detailing my evolution from frat boy to manhood and following my adventures as a single twentysomething in New York City. By the time I reached my twenty-fifth birthday in the summer of 2004, I had nearly 40,000 subscribers worldwide, all stemming from those twenty friends from high school. This book is a compilation of the best of "RUMINATIONS" as well as brand-new, previously unpublished material.

At the end of Ruminations on College Life, I asked the question, "Is there life after college?" This book is my answer. The Whatever Years officially begin upon graduation, which is a strange and unique time because you are all of a sudden living in the gap between college and marriage, between zero responsibility and total responsibility. A lot of people start freaking out. But I'll help you get through it. Each chapter in this book represents a different facet of twentysomething life as seen through the eyes of a recovering frat boy. But bear in mind, nowhere in this book will you find any practical advice. You won't learn to cook or find a job or get a date. Why? Because I have no idea how to do those things either. What you will learn is that you are not alone, that your early twenties are surprisingly like mine, and that there's no reason to start freaking out — you'll figure everything out as you go along. So whether you're twentysomething now, fondly looking back at your Whatever Years, or warily looking ahead to them, I hope you will read my book and laugh out loud. Is there life after college? Hell yeah, and there's not a placemat in sight.

Copyright © 2005 by Aaron Karo

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First Chapter

Ruminations on Twentysomething Life


By Aaron Karo

Fireside Books

Copyright © 2005 Aaron Karo
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743269632

Introduction: welcome to twentysomething life

In a nutshell, being twentysomething means you are only concerned with two things: trying to get laid and trying not to get laid off. It also means that, for a while, birthdays become much less important. Shortly after I turned twenty-four, I realized what a meaningless milestone it was. After all, turning nineteen is a big deal because it's your last year as a teenager and your twentieth birthday is important because it's the beginning of your twenties. And at twenty-one, you are, at long last, legal. But from twenty-two to twenty-four, not much happens. Once you get past your "I wish I was still in college phase," you sort of get into a groove for a few years and refuse to look ahead. Then all of a sudden your twenty-fifth birthday comes along and all hell breaks loose. Next thing you know you're engaged and living in the suburbs spending your weekends at Crate & Barrel shopping for placemats. But before you hit the big Two-Five, your early twenties can be some of the most carefree and amazing years of your life. In fact, if your adolescence can be described as the "Wonder Years," then I say that ages twenty-two, twenty-three, and twenty-four deserve to get their own name too -- the "Whatever Years."

But before I take you on this journey through my Whatever Years, I must first take you back to where it all began. In September 1997, as a hard-partying freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, I began writing emails filled with anecdotes and observations about college life to twenty of my high school buddies. By the time I graduated four years later, those emails had spawned a regular column with over 11,000 subscribers around the world. Within a year, I had published Ruminations on College Life, a compilation of those emails, and began a new column called "RUMINATIONS." The new column picked up where the book left off, detailing my evolution from frat boy to manhood and following my adventures as a single twentysomething in New York City. By the time I reached my twenty-fifth birthday in the summer of 2004, I had nearly 40,000 subscribers worldwide, all stemming from those twenty friends from high school. This book is a compilation of the best of "RUMINATIONS" as well as brand-new, previously unpublished material.

At the end of Ruminations on College Life, I asked the question, "Is there life after college?" This book is my answer. The Whatever Years officially begin upon graduation, which is a strange and unique time because you are all of a sudden living in the gap between college and marriage, between zero responsibility and total responsibility. A lot of people start freaking out. But I'll help you get through it. Each chapter in this book represents a different facet of twentysomething life as seen through the eyes of a recovering frat boy. But bear in mind, nowhere in this book will you find any practical advice. You won't learn to cook or find a job or get a date. Why? Because I have no idea how to do those things either. What you will learn is that you are not alone, that your early twenties are surprisingly like mine, and that there's no reason to start freaking out -- you'll figure everything out as you go along. So whether you're twentysomething now, fondly looking back at your Whatever Years, or warily looking ahead to them, I hope you will read my book and laugh out loud. Is there life after college? Hell yeah, and there's not a placemat in sight.

Copyright © 2005 by Aaron Karo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2005

    Is Karo God?

    This book is hysterical. Karo's first book is hysterical. I don't know where the guy comes up with this stuff. It's like he's in my head. IT'S HILARIOUS. The perfect bathroom book. This kid's got a bright future ahead of him, I'll tell you that much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

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    This book is a timely classic written in a voice so sharp and on key that it's readers will be left laughing, crying and contemplating why they didn't write it first. The ideas are original, yet easy to relate to. Karo gives his audience a feel for living life to the fullest, while remembering that the greatest lessons to be learned are right in your own backyard. A great read for people of all ages - twenty-somethings will relate while 30 somethings will look back and sigh 'those were the good 'ol days.' 5 Stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    IF YOU'RE TWENTYSOMETHING-BUY THIS IMMEDIATLEY!!!

    Seriously, stop what you're doing and go get this book! I laughed so hard at one point milk came out of my nose. Aaron Karo makes the painful details of twentysomething life so funny they actually don't seem as bad (hey, at least everyone else is going through it). I keep this book on my desk so if I ever need a pick me up, I know who to turn to. Karo, you're the man!

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