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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Jay Narrator: Meg Jay Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Our “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.

Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, The Defining Decade weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood—if we use the time wisely.

The Defining Decade is a smart, compassionate and constructive book about the years we cannot afford to miss. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The professional and personal angst of directionless twentysomethings is given a voice and some sober counsel in this engaging guide. While Jay maintains that facing difficulties in one’s twenties ‘is a jarring—but efficient and often necessary—way to grow,’ the author is sincere and sympathetic, making this well-researched mix of generational sociology, psychotherapy, career counseling, and relationship advice a practical treatise for a much-maligned demographic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A clinical psychologist issues a four-alarm call for the fifty million twenty-somethings in America…A cogent argument for growing up and a handy guidebook on how to get there.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Fascinating…It should be read by all young adults, their friends, their parents, their grandparents, their bosses, their siblings…really, by just about everyone!”

    Timothy D. Wilson, author of Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change )

  • The Defining Decade is eye-opening, important, and a pleasure to read. I highly recommend it.”

    Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus

  • A Slate Magazine Best Book of 2012: Staff Pick

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Claire | 2/8/2014

    " Good insight on why your 20s are so important. However, much of this was common sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paige | 2/5/2014

    " like a slap on the ass "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle Lira | 1/12/2014

    " Being in my early twenties, this book was such an eye-opener and such a great self-help. A lot of the advice given by Dr. Jay I have already been following for the past few years, so if anything this book was my "pat on the back." Everything written makes sense, and overall when I finished reading it I've come to the conclusion that...I'm going to be okay. First, the layout is perfect. The whole section on Work is fantastic, but my favorite chapter has to be 'Weak Ties' ..really, it's all about who you know. Hearing firsthand accounts from twentysomethings was such a smart way to integrate the advice with real-life scenarios. I found myself relating to many of the stories and, in some cases, these twentysomethings sound a whole lot like me! I'm not waiting to start my life, it's time to take charge and after reading this, seems that the time is now or never. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maxstrasser | 1/4/2014

    " It's a self-help book but it's not entirely stupid. "

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About the Author

Meg Jay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adult development, twentysomethings in particular. She is an assistant clinical professor at University of Virginia and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and gender studies from University of California, Berkeley.