The Defining Decade

  • by Meg Jay
  • Narrated by Meg Jay
  • 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Our "30-is-the-new-20" culture tells us that the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are an extended adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. But 30 is not the new 20. In this enlightening book, Dr. Meg Jay reveals how many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what are actually the most defining years of adulthood.
Drawing from more than 10 years of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, Dr. Jay weaves the science of the twentysomething years with compelling, behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. She shares what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, reproductive specialists, human-resources executives, and economists know about the unique power of our 20s and how they change our lives. The result is a provocative and sometimes poignant listen that shows us why our 20s do matter. Our 20s are a time when the things we do - and the things we don't do - will have an enormous effect across years and even generations to come.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very informative as a 24 year old

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book for anyone in the 20 - 32 age. There is a lot that may not apply to you, as it did me, but it will get you thinking in a different mindset. I no longer want to put certain things off, and have less regret and remorse about previous mistakes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The girl that realized she needed to work on herself, when she had initially came to therapy to try and get her boyfriend to change.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not really a scene, but when the guy opened up his own dog daycare business.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of the stories of the various clients / patients when they had come to a realization of their mistakes and incorrect or misconceived notions / logic.

Any additional comments?

I like this book, it a steep price for only a 5 hour book, but I really would recommend it.

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- Jason

Essential reading for every 20 something

Meg Jay is the shot of adrenaline that every struggling 20 something needs. She doesn't push, or lecture but rather presents sobering facts and nudges helpfully.

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- Valerie A. Lapointe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio