Book Review: 101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone

Paul Angone’s first book, 101 Secrets for Your Twenties was released on July 1st. Now I must warn you – Paul is my partner in crime over at Life After College, so I was a bit unsure if I could write an unbiased review of his book… until I read the book! While my 20’s are sadly in my rear-view mirror, I found the book funny, engaging, still relevant, and a super-quick read.

Based on Paul’s viral post – 21 Secrets for Your 20’s, the book expands on advice that everyone in their 20’s should know before venturing out “into the real world.” It is chock-full of advice that brings the isolation and sometimes desolation of your 20’s into perspective with the realization that you are NOT alone.

Each chapter I thought… “ooh, that’s my favorite one” and “oh, how true!” There was one chapter that spoke to me – not as a 20 something, but as a good reminder of life. Chapter 33:

“Just because you grow up doesn’t mean you grow out of your insecurities. Sometimes, if you’re not careful, you grow into them. Insecurities are like Swamp Things. Just when you think you’ve escaped, they rise up for a surprise attack.”

When I read that, I wished I had heard this advice when I was in my 20’s. I had been so focused on my own insecurities, that they did grow and ended up crippling me into analysis paralysis. Can you imagine all of the amazing things I *probably* missed out on because I never heard #33? Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the case for the 20-somethings of the future, thanks to this book.

Each chapter brings it’s own guidance and examples through humor and real life stories from Paul’s life. Paul hangs all of his dirty laundry out there to help all of us feel as though we are connected through shared experiences, thoughts, and reflections, so we don’t have to be there alone. And alone, you aren’t.

The most striking thing for me, was that Paul and I had completely opposite experiences during our 20’s – he was married and had kids, and was unemployed during his 20’s; I was single, climbing up the ladder, and constantly on the move. How could this book possibly relate to my life? How could his experiences which were so vastly different than my own, correlate through advice?

The crazy thing is – it DID. In a big way. While we experienced our 20’s differently externally, Paul tapped into the internal struggles people in their 20’s share – who knew that was even possible?

I know, I know… is it worth the read? YES – it most definitely is worth it (and that’s from a skeptic!). Regardless of your age, there are so many rich nuggets of life advice shared, making it a great read for just about anyone who’s looking for great anecdotal advice, life lessons, and how to make life more fun in your 20’s.

Buy your copy here: 101 Secrets for Your Twenties.