Quarter-Life Crisis, Much? 10 Books You Need to Read in Your 20s
There comes a time when every twentysomething looks in the mirror and has a mini freak-out. Maybe you realize you’re not where you expected to be in your career, you’re stuck in a dead-end relationship, or maybe you’re just prone to thedramaticphilosophical with questions like “what’s it all mean?” Either way, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing what’s been dubbed the quarter-life crisis. And it’s not fun. Since therapy might not exactly be in the cards right now (those sessions don’t come cheap), we suggest turning to books to read in your 20s
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Sure, you might rely on your friends and family for support, but you could probably benefit from some objective guidance—especially from someone that’s been there,
Whether it’s an earnest memoir by a successful woman you admire immensely, or a comical guide to figuring it all out with aplomb by as clueless young adult, we’ve highlighted 10 books that’ll make you feel like you aren’t alone, give you some insight, and—hopefully—provide the motivation to go out into the world and kill it.
by Emma Koenig
If you're in your twenties and you're thinking the same thing, this book—which started out as a viral Tumblr—may give you the laugh you need, especially if you're over-educated, minimally employed, and mostly single. Koenig approaches quarterlife struggles with biting humor, and is a pro at reminding you it'llall be okay.
by Sophia Amoruso
Amoruso, founder and CEO of shopping mega-site Nasty Gal, knows what it's like to start from the bottom. Her story is one of working crazy-hard, running into every problem you can imagine, and eventually succeeding in major ways. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at how Amoruso started a 0 million business and become truly inspired to get out of the career rut you're in.
by Paul Angone
For anyone in their twenties who feels like they're losing it (soeveryonein their twenties), this is your little black book of secrets. We all go through disasterous jobs, post-college confusion, break ups, loneliness and tons more and this book will teach you how to properly deal with all this nonsense.
by Aliza Licht
The voice behind the beloved DKNY PR GIRL social media accounts, Licht basically mentors readers in 288 pages. She'll leave you with some of serious personal and professional guidance for those just starting their careers and for those who are on their way and just need a pick-me-up—all in her signature snappy tone.
by The Betches
Sick of people pushing you around? Being too nice and just not getting anything in return? If this is a pain point for you, this book will be the kick in the ass you need. The Betches—famous for their hilariously biting (and accurate) blog and social media accounts— will give you their life tips and strategies on getting whatyouwant.
by Alexis Jones
When you're in your twenties, you're trying to figure out who you are. You're trying to find out your purpose in this crazy world. I Am That Girl will let you know that you should stop worrying that you don’t have the perfect body, perfect job, perfect relationship, or perfect anything for that matter, stop letting other people draw boundaries and limits around your life and really do what you want to do and make the best of this life.
Stop worrying that you don’t have the perfect body, perfect job, perfect relationship, or perfect anything for that matter. Stop letting other people draw boundaries and limits around your life.
by Kelly Cutrone
Public relations guru, Kelly Cutrone, knows and thing or two about being a badass. Her tough, no bull attitude has gotten her a successful business and a reputation where people know not to mess with her. This book of advice, stories and words of wisdom is brutally honest. You'll be left with a feeling like you've been slapped in this face, but you'll be more motivated than you've ever been before.
by Lena Dunham
Actress and real girl Lena Dunham recounts her experiences of being a young woman: losing her virginity, being overweight, and just feeling alone in a world full of millions of people. Her honest and real stories hold no detail back and really make you feel like you're not the only one going through these things.
You Are a Bad Assby Jen Sincero
When you need a pick me up and just a reminder that you're truly a badass deep down, this book will give you just that. Sincero gives her audience chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word. She'll teach you exactly how to get all the awesomeness that you're craving in your life.
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