Work Title: 20 Something Manifesto: Quarter-Lifers Speak Out about Who They Are, What They Want, and How to Get It
Work Author(s): Christine Hassler
New World Library
400 pages, Softcover $15.95
Reviewer: Andi Diehn
Mid-life crises are fairly well-known in these days of too many choices and too little time. Quarter-life crises are perhaps less talked about, but just as significant, according to author Christine Hassler. Hassler, a life coach and inspirational speaker with six years of experience studying the third decade of life, maintains that "twenty somethings" are also subject to a bevy of insecurities and discontents that may affect the rest of their lives, and most of them can't afford the sports car band-aid.
In 20 Something Manifesto, Hassler explores the different issues that people in their twenties face, such as career uncertainty, relationship challenges, and identity anxiety, all of which may result in what she calls an "Expectation Hangover." She defines an Expectation Hangover as that feeling of disappointment and bewilderment that descends when circumstances, emotions, and relationships fail to follow an expected path.
Her greatest strength lies in the claim that periods of anxiety and depression are normal for this age group. While she often advises readers to seek...