So let’s say you’re a certain age, and you’ve had a your fair share of demeaning jobs, selfish boyfriends, and maybe even a useless degree or two to top it off. What are the chances you haven’t had a quarter life crisis? Maybe crisis is too strong of a word, but I think it’s likely that we’ve all experienced that terrifying “oh my gosh what am I doing with my life” moment at least once. Or if you’re me, at least once a day. That’s what your twenties are for…..right?
There are a few books that have seriously helped to get me through a tough time, or four. So of course I had to share them with you. We’re all in this together, right?
I think this book could elicit a “poor little white girl” sort of reaction out of many people. However, if like me you ARE a “poor little white girl”, and your problems are of the existential variety, this book will serve you well. I laughed and I cried and I related so strongly to Jessi Klein, trying to figure out her love life, career, and becoming confident in herself as a woman.
A must read for all “30 something singletons”. Or any woman, for that matter. We’ve all experienced our own Daniel Cleaver at some point or another. And we’ve all consumed an entire bottle of wine and a brick of cheese and considered it dinner. No? Just me?
This book explores post college life from a number of perspectives. We explore characters dealing with education, career, love, mental illness, and of course, finding themselves. I believe that there is something in this book for everyone, and so many valuable lessons, regardless of your current circumstance.
How cliche is it to include a book about a woman in the midst of a quarter life crisis on this list? Regardless, I find this book a great alternative to those of us who can’t actually quit our jobs and hike the Pacific Crest Trail to find ourselves. Hopefully we can learn the same valuable lessons from the comfort of our own homes!
Marina Keegan wrote a number of essays and short stories during her time at Yale. A few days after her graduation, she died in a car crash. Her stories are beautifully written and range from inspiring to tragic. They become so much more profound knowing she died at such a young age, before she could accomplish many of the dreams she had in life. This book is amazing for anyone who is going through a major life change, especially graduating from college, and isn’t quite sure where they’re going with their life.
Nora Mcinerny Purmort lost her husband, her father, and had a miscarriage all within a few weeks. However, this book still made me laugh out loud. It is funny and witty and sad all at once. I relate to this woman in so many of her essays about young adulthood. My absolute favourite essay is “Where Is My Syllabus” (seriously though, why doesn’t life have a syllabus?!). And in regards to the awful tragedy she has encountered, I am able to be so thoroughly appreciative of my own life.