101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone

Book: 101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone
Source: Received from Author; Member of the Launch Team
Release Information: Published June 24, 2013 from Moody Publishers

Summary (from GoodReads): Every twenty-something needs a little black book of secrets.Our twenties are filled with confusion, terrible jobs, anticipation, disappointment, cubicles, break-ups, transition, quarter-life crisis, loneliness, post-college what the heck, moderate success sandwiched in-between complete failure, and we need a worn, weathered guide stashed somewhere close by to help shed some light on this defining decade.
This is that book.
Expanded from the blog post, “21 Secrets for Your 20s” that spread like Internet wildfire with nearly a million readers in 190 countries,101 Secrets for Your Twenties will encourage, inspire, prompt a plethora of LOLs, and kick-start your life forward with its witty, honest, and hilarious wisdom-stuffed-pearls to help you rock life in your twenties.

Thoughts: I’m struggling how to review this book,but here is the bottom line: You need this book in your life.  It’s for anyone who is struggling or has struggled.  It will especially speak to twentysomethings, but is valuable to readers of all ages.

101 Secrets for Your Twenties is a quick, thought provoking read.  It will affirm the questions you have been secretly asking (it’s okay to not know how to be an adult) and give practical advice for how to survive and thrive.  I especially love secret #99 as well as all of the secrets that have to do with OCD (Obsessive Comparison Disorder).

My twenties have been marked by unrealistic expectations of success and crazy swings between manic motivation and a crushing sense of failure.  I finally got the courage to talk about this (and the fact that making friends in your twenties is HARD) and I discovered that I am not alone!  Every twentysomething I talk to has a similar story.  101 Secrets For Your Twenties is a rallying point for everyone still afraid to talk about what is going on.

I turned 27 on Friday and I finally feel like I am on the right path, pursuing the right things, and exactly where I need to be.  Yes, right now that place is my parents basement, but this is what my life needs to look like now so that it can look like something else in the next few years.  I finally feel like I’m getting over my quarter-life crisis.  Had I had this book 5 years ago, my life could be incredibly different.

This book is based in part on Paul’s post 21 Secrets for Your Twenties, which is amazing.  It’s the post that brought me to his site and made me want to be a part of his book launch.  Much like his book, his blog is funny and insightful.  If you’re struggling with a quarterlife crisis or just in need of community, his site is a great place to start.

Overall: I wish I had had this book five years ago and I will definitely be buying copies to give as gifts to new college grads or just struggling friends.

**I received a copy of 101 Secrets For Your Twenties from the author for being a member of his launch team.  I was in no way compensated for my review and all opinions expressed here are my own.  Feel free to check out my full FTC Disclaimer on my Policies and Disclaimers page.**
Paul Angone is an author, speaker, storyteller, humorist, and the creator of AllGroanUp.com – a place for those asking “What now?” His article “21 Secrets for your 20s,” on which this book is based, has been read by nearly a million people in 190 countries. Paul studied at Westmont College and then received his Master’s degree at Azusa Pacific University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two beautiful girls.websitetwitterfacebook

I’ll leave you with the book trailer, aka Stuff Twentysomethings Say… it’s great:


  1. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics says

    Yeah, I’m out of my twenties, but I agree. We’re led to believe that our twenties is going to be this amazing time when all our dreams come true, but it can actually be a time of great uncertainty and self-doubt. While I am clearly too old for this book, I could definitely use those OCD secrets…
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews says

    Oh man, I need this book! I usually feel like I have it all together and then out of nowhere I feel totally lost. Like I don’t have the right to be a grown-up, I feel like I’m still 10!

    Thanks for the review, Steph! I never would have heard of this book if it weren’t for you :)


    That is a funny trailer. I think I’ve said a few of things and I am nowhere near twenty. I know I said, “I think I’ll start a blog.” Three years ago!!

    I think I wanna read this book


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