101 Secrets For Your Twenties Review

Book Review: 

I'm not twenty yet; I still have a few years to go. Yet, when I saw various reviews of the book 101 Secrets for Your Twenties online and in print publications, I knew that it would be the perfect resource for me to study as I transition through college. So, with the help of the kind folks at Moody Publishers, I read the book. And, let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

Angone begins the first chapter by stating, "Sometimes surviving your 20s is nothing more glamorous than just holding on for dear life on the back of an inner tube like a kid being whipped around by a speedboat" (17). Bam! I chuckled when I read that line, because a) I've spent many terrifying summer afternoons clinging to inner tubes and b) I've discovered that life itself is one crazy ride.

From that point on, Angone dives into 101 secrets that range from "#31: Faith is not a Mr. or Ms. America Contest" to "#85: Never looking at your budget and never making a budget is the exact same thing." Each secret acts as a chapter of sorts. Some secrets are typed out in large typefaces with little to no explanation, speaking for themselves. Others, followed by numerous paragraphs of stories and advice, serve to generate curiosity.

Angone closes the book with a short section on applying the secrets to one's life, openly admitting that the book "is not meant to be a step-by-step plan, but a conversation starter and instigator to prompt us to think, speak, and believe differently about our lives" (199). He suggests that groups of friends get together to discuss the book, create visuals of the secrets, write down long-term goals, and connect to his other resources (AllGroanUp.com, Twitter.com/PaulAngone, etc..

Angone's writing is entertaining, sometimes sarcastic, honest, thought-provoking, and encouraging. It cuts straight to the chase when addressing struggles that most twenty-something's face, yet softens each piece of negative news with hints of optimism.

My only complaint about this book is that it contains an overwhelming amount of typesetting changes. I appreciate italic, bold, and all-caps words, but only when used sparingly. Though the rapidly changing styles were likely implemented in order to mimic the styles of most twenty-something's, I found them more distracting than beneficial.

Overall, this is a wonderful book. I recommend it to not only twenty-something's, but also to teens. Though some of the topics are geared toward adults, hopefully, they can help younger teens make choices that might help them enjoy a smoother transition into their twenties.