Books I’d Leave My Sister: The Defining Decade (Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now)


This book is a saving grace. It’s an easy read and even easier to get into. Jay’s tone has the perfect level of engagement for a twentysomething. She moves through the material in a way that acknowledge our competency but still gets at the sweet spot of things without glazing over them lightly.

My favorite thing about this book is the perfect combo of science and encouragement. She takes real like interactions she’s had with her twentysomething and thirtysomething clients and uses them as universal gateways into the persisting issues that keep popping up for our generation (and the one before us). It’s research stripped of it’s convoluted brag (also interpreted as meticulousness and yet somehow Jay didn’t seem to take a hit there).

Jay goes over every aspect of a full life, from how to adjust to the workplace environment to figuring out how life and kids fit into all of it. It’s not just a “you can have it all” book, it’s a “the longer you wait the more your opportunities dwindle so you might as well start now” book. What she talks about is supported by research as well as just plain logic and probability. It’s a book that supports happiness with facts which makes it one of my top fav’s, right next to “Moody Bitches” & “Rich Bitch” (completely legitimate books that get down to the business of things. Disclaimer: These books have a ton of personality and while I feel that they are all encompassing, presenting you with all the information you need to know to make your own choices alongside their own experiences and perspectives, some people feel that they’re preachy and slanted).

This book resonated with me in ways that were almost spiritual and put words to feelings I had been having for years. Do yourself a favor with this one.


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