by Tara Block)
Being a 20-something woman these days can be overwhelming, to say the least. You're navigating the anxieties of postgrad life as an "adult" (whatever that means), sorting through the ups and downs of dating, trying to hold onto friendships with your girlfriends who may be in different stages of life, and hunting for your dream career. Not to mention comparing yourself to all your Facebook friends who look like they have it all figured out, even though — let's be honest — they don't know what they're doing either. If you're on the verge of a quarter-life crisis, I've selected a collection of books with poignant advice, hilarious personal experiences, and worst-case scenarios to help you get over the my-life-is-hopeless hump — or at least laugh about it!
F*ck! I'm in My Twenties
Based on the Tumblr of the same name, F*ck! I'm in My Twenties is full of Emma Koenig's too-funny (and too-true) musings, illustrations, diagrams, and lists on life as a 20-something making her way in a big city.
What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self
If you need some encouraging words of wisdom from other women who've survived their 20s, then you should pick up Ellyn Spragins's What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self, a collection of 41 heartfelt letters by famous women to their younger selves.
Never Have I Ever
Katie Heaney hilariously chronicles her lackluster love life in Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date. At 25, the blogger and writer had a college degree, plenty of friends, and a loving family — but she'd never had a boyfriend or even been on a second date.
Don't Worry, It Gets Worse
Don't Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood by Alida Nugent follows her realization that postgrad life wasn't quite what she thought it would be. The humorous collection of essays is about transitioning from collegiate life to becoming a "mature and responsible adult that definitely never eats peanut butter straight from the jar and considers it a meal."
30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30
By Pamela Redmond Satran and Glamour editors — featuring advice from famous ladies like Maya Angelou and Katie Couric — 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30 is the ultimate guide for women in their 20s.
Based on Kelly Williams Brown's blog Adulting, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps is for you "if you graduated from college but still feel like a student," "if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store," and "if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean."
My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me
TV writer Hilary Winston shares about the time her ex wrote a novel about their relationship calling her the "fat-assed girlfriend" and other dating misadventures in her autobiographical My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me: And Other Stories I Shouldn't Share With Acquaintances, Coworkers, Taxi Drivers, Assistants, Job Interviewers, and Ex/Current/Future Boyfriends but Have.
Girls in White Dresses
Jennifer Close's funny, sweet, and touching novel Girls in White Dresses follows a group of 20-something girlfriends dealing with their own life complexities as they attend bridal shower after bridal shower.
20 Something, 20 Everything
Christine Hassler's 20 Something, 20 Everything: A Quarter-Life Woman's Guide to Balance and Direction is a motivational book to help young women going through the trials of their 20s realize that they're not alone. It touts that "readers can turn questions into maps that lead toward creating a career, a relationship, and a life that fits just like a favorite pair of jeans."
Bitches on a Budget
Rosalyn Hoffman's Bitches on a Budget: Sage Advice For Surviving Tough Times in Style is a "fashion guru, travel agent, grooming consultant, therapist, sommelier, and life coach" for the young-adult women pinching pennies in a less-than-ideal market.
People Are Unappealing: Even Me
With a quick wit and dark sense of humor, Sara Barron shares her personal stories of 20-something life in her memoir People Are Unappealing: Even Me.
Nice Is Just a Place in France
Nice Is Just a Place in France: How to Win at Basically Everything by "The Betches" is a tell-it-how-it-is guide for young women to succeed at life. Tips include the following: "Don't be easy. Don't be poor. Don't be ugly."
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
From relationships to careers, Melissa Bank explores what it's like to "grow up" as a woman in today's modern world in her collection of fictional short stories, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing.