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Hello, fellow readers! It has been too long since I’ve done a full book review, but I have quite a bit to say about But You’re Still So Young by Kayleen Schaefer.
When the publisher asked if I would be interested in reading But You’re Still So Young, I was honestly a little hesitant because nonfiction is not my typical genre. But as a 32 year old female who has struggled with the idea of adulthood and doing things “right,” I knew I needed to branch out and give this one a shot!
But You’re Still So Young is a well-researched book about how millennials are redefining adulthood. For years we were sold the idea that life will be perfect if we go to college, get our dream job the day after graduation, gain financial stability, get married, buy a house, and have kids. Oh and all of this needs to be accomplished before you are 30. But that is not the case anymore.
More and more millennials are delaying marriage until their 30s. Some are moving back home after graduation because they have thousands of dollars of debt and the dream job with a 401K simply isn’t there. And many are delaying having children because they don’t feel like adults even though they are in their 30s!
I personally have struggled with feeling like a true adult, even in my late 20s when I started my career and got married. Some days I still feel like a kid when I have to call my daddy for help with my car or ask my mom how to cook something. But we have been sold this idea of what makes a person an adult for so long that we now feel like we haven’t achieved this milestone because we can’t tick off every piece of criteria on society’s outdated list.
I recommend But You’re Still So Young to every 20-something or 30-something who is struggling with the fact that life didn’t play out the way they expected. Most of the time, the book didn’t feel like nonfiction because the author included different narratives from people she interviewed. Their stories kept me interested in the book because I genuinely wanted to know how things turned out for each person. But You’re Still So Young made me realize that my 30s are not a death sentence and I still have a lot of living to do!
Many thanks to Dutton for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
But You’re Still So Young was published March 2, 2021 and can now be purchased at your favorite bookseller location.