The Defining Decade - Meg Jay

The Defining Decade

By Meg Jay

  • Release Date: 2012-04-17
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4.5
From 386 Ratings

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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.


  • Awesome read!!

    By Rocksmyworld
    This book is a must read during your 20's! I read it twice and read it every other night because it teaches so much.
  • Wonderful Resource!

    By Gefiltefish
    I don't read many books, but this one was full of relevant and useful advice for twenty somethings. Definitely worth getting!
  • Phenomenal!!!

    By Mattyh c
    Great read with many great points. Highly recommend!!!
  • Most valuable book

    By Train With Dara
    I somehow discovered Meg Jay's TED Talk which had a big impact on me. So when I found out she had a book I had to read it. I'm 25 and so happy, almost relieved I read this book now. I strongly related to each and every chapter, this book made me look at life in a whole new way. The Defining Decade is a lifesaver, if only this was a mandatory college read!
  • Good read for those in their mid 20s

    By Melissa Barr
    A great book to remind people in their 20s what is important! Definitely made me more optimistic and thoughtful about my life at 25.
  • Couldnt relate.

    By Moze Pray
    I'm almost 23. Interesting book, and i'd recommend it but I couldnt relate to most of the stuff. I'm in an extremely small minority. This seemed to be geared towards the average individual. Which is fine.
  • Meg Jay urges and motivates twentysomethings

    By SwingSwinger
    Well written and composed of parables, this book conveys the importance of taking control of ones youth, before the advantages of potential slip away. She weaves together three vastly important, hugely overwhelming, seemingly ambiguous and disparate topics: WORK, LOVE, and MIND/BODY. This is a must-read for any twentysomething or thirtysomething that feels lost, misled, or just needs some extra motivation to become the navigator of his or her own life.
  • Absolutely love this book!

    By Kristene Sarmiento
    This book really helped me get a grasp of what my twentysomething years are like. Like many of the characters in this book, I was feeling overwhelmed with all the challenges that life has brought post school years. Now that we are at a point where we are essentially on our own, somehow we twentysomethings feel like we have to either make it or break it at this point in our lives and that sometimes we tend to easily cut ourselves short and sometimes feel hopeless because maybe we still haven't achieved what we think should be achieved by now and oftentimes frustration gets in. We all know nothing good is going to come out of that but sometimes that seems to be the only option we have. Sigh. But this book really helped me clear things in my mind and now I can think a lot better and more straight. Somehow it helped to know that I'm not the only one who feels the same way I do.
  • Pretty Good

    By NaLee!
    It's a nice quick read. I think it's important for every 20-something to know if they don't already.
  • For people who are in their 20s

    By Long C
    I am in my 20s and this book gave me nothing but practical steps in conquering this decade of my life. A must read for any 20s who are intentional or lost, passionate or searching, and focused or confused.