Confused? Try this book
By Ellen Simonson
Daily Cougar Staff
Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner are self-described "twentysomethings"
who combined to write Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life
in Your Twenties, "the first book to name and document" a phenomenon they
call the "quarterlife crisis."
The "quarterlife crisis," basically, is life in your 20s — trying to
figure out what you want to do with your life, dealing with self-doubts,
decisions, determining who you are and the like. Quarterlife Crisis
purports to tell you how to handle these problems.
Much of what the book says about life in one's 20s is true, and its
advice — much of it in anecdotal form — is generally sound. But Quarterlife
Crisis reads dryly, like a study of phenomena. The authors document
rather than describe, and the result is less than engaging.
However, the book could be helpful for those who simply want someone
to talk to. The many anecdotes from real 20somethings' lives — on
topics ranging from "What If I'm Scared to Stop Being a Kid?" to "Can
I Carry Any Part of My College Experience into the Real World?" — are
interesting, and after perusing them, readers will know that whatever
their troubles, at least they aren't alone
Many of the personal stories are compelling. "Yes, you are going to
fail and wind up penniless in the gutter, covered in festering wounds with
nothing but a stray dog to keep you company," one recent college graduate
warns, before going on: "Seriously, though: maybe you will fail;
hopefully you won't. There's no way to tell."
Even that is less than encouraging. But it is realistic, and so — for
all its faults — is Quarterlife Crisis.