Nonfiction Book Review: How to Survive Your Quarter-Life Crisis by Jodanna Bird

“To anyone who feels lost” – I don’t know if I’ve ever read a better dedication in a self-help book.

Book Description

Hello and welcome to your quarter-life crisis.

Let me guess: you’ve dyed your hair purple and can’t decide how to ask your boss for a ‘find yourself’ sabbatical. No purple hair? Good. I got here just in time.

I’ll cut to the chase. Yes, a quarter-life crisis is a thing. No, you are not on your own.

My name is Jodanna Bird and I’m a fellow quarter-life crisis sufferer. I’ve written ‘How to Survive Your Quarter-Life Crisis’ for people just like you and I. Using scientific research, genuine case studies and a smidge of humour, this book will help you:

– Understand what a quarter-life crisis is and why you might be having one
– Realise your life purpose and how to reach it
– Unlock your greatest potential and be more successful than you ever imagined

‘How to Survive Your Quarter-Life Crisis’ will help you create a roadmap to clarity. It will tackle topics such as work, self-worth, habits and mindset, allowing anyone who is feeling lost and confused to regain control over their lives and enjoy the exciting opportunities that await them.

By the end of this practical self-help book, you will feel reassured that you are not alone in your period of anxiety, have clearly defined #lifegoals and be ready to truly survive your quarter-life crisis.

Ready? Let’s go!

My Thoughts

From the very first page, How to Survive Your Quarter-Life Crisis gets it right, the conversational, chatty tone immediately sets you at ease, telling you this book is a self-help guide, and it’s going to be an accessible one. This becomes further evident in Bird’s great use of humour. It’s also relatable from the very first page too.

“I think I’ve been going through my quarter-life crisis for six years”

While this books target audience are millennials, it can be useful to anyone who feels a bit lost, a bit unfulfilled in life. Certain aspects can be applied to everyone, no matter where you are in your life. It is evident Bird has done her research before writing this book, and you’ll even find a list of references for the research she mentions, which not only shows her sources, but also provides a starting point if you want to delve further into the psychology behind some of her techniques. 

If you’re picking up this book because you’re in the middle of your quarter-life crisis (QLC), very early on, you’ll get a sense that Bird understands you, and the fact that she ‘gets it’ makes you believe in what she’s saying. There’s one part of this book when Bird speaks about Instagram and the truth in her words hit me like a tone of bricks, oh yes, this book allows for some serious self-reflection. [I’m not closing my IG account, but this book did really make me think about how I interact and what my expectation from the platform should be]. What’s interesting about this book is that, on some level, you already know the truth of what Bird is saying, but to see it written in black and white is a real eye-opener.

There is a structure to this book too. Bird first clarifies exactly what a QLC is, and then explains the reasons for it, why is it that….

“My grandparents had survived a World War and I couldn’t even survive my 9-5?”

Next, comes the all-important, how – how do you survive your QLC? This is essentially the make or break of this book, the reason readers likely picked up this book in the first place. Have no fear, Bird delivered, through a detailed look at ‘the purpose pyramid’, complete with diagrams, Bird explains exactly how you get through a QLC. In a succinct way, because this book’s main body is approximately 100 pages, this is your step by step guide, and most importantly, the steps are realistic! It’s important to note, that you cannot read this book, and then expect instant results, this book is just the starting point, you have to believe in what you’re reading, Bird stresses the importance of believing in yourself, believing that you have the power to change.

There were a few times in this book when Bird referenced Greek tragedians to highlight a certain point, a clever move because it shows the wisdom is as old as time, and it’s just being built on by her for the newer generation. Bird will explain how to work smart and play smart, and why the balance is so important.

There’s also a wonderful section in this book on the importance of giving, and I found this section made for particularly powerful reading:

“How will the world remember you?”

To round off this book, Bird gives you a few extra pointers to help you on your way:

“It is the people who aren’t prepared for when things go wrong who suffer the most.” 

At the end of each section of this book, Bird summarises the key points to take away, ensuring the reader is aware of the most important parts of this book. There’s a wealth of examples given, hints and tips; this is a realistic and accessible guide to surviving your QLC, and I absolutely recommend it. When you’re nearing the end of college, or university, this book should be given out by the establishment as mandatory, because then you have the ‘know how’ from the get-go, and you may even be able to avoid a QLC. Indeed this is a millennial must-read, but also great reading for anyone looking to feel more fulfilled, wishing to live a happier life, for anyone who feels lost.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Amazon US

*My thanks to the author (Jodanna Bird) for providing me with a copy of this book for review*

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