Books to get you through any crisis

Virtually every aspect of your life changes in your 20s and 30s. Jobs, apartments, romantic partners and friend groups inevitably change over and over again. It’s exhausting. To help ease the stress, we rounded up four books to help you through whatever crisis you’re currently going through.

For the quarter-life crisis: “The 20 something Guide To Getting It Together” by Mary Traina

If every area of your life is a mess, this book will set you straight. Credit: Provided
If every area of your life is a mess, this book will set you straight.
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If you find yourself relating a little bit too much to “Girls,” pick up this book. It will help you get more in control of your life by helping you figure out who to date, how to move up in your career, get out of debt and weed out bad friends. Traina, who is a blogger for HelloGiggles, addresses all of these topics using tons of pop-culture references and sample scenarios that are actually relatable.

For the marriage crisis: “After I Do” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Ever fantasize about taking a timeout from marriage? Read "After I  Do." Credit: Provided
Ever fantasize about taking a timeout from marriage? Read “After I
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Heading to the “self help” section looking for a book that can save your marriage is just sad, so find the answers by reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s smart new novel, “After I Do” instead. In this book, a couple realizes that they aren’t happy being married to each other anymore, so they decide to take a year off of marriage – without having any contact at all with the other person – and see what happens. If you find yourself hating the person you’re currently sleeping next to, this book allows you to imagine what it would be like spending a year away from your spouse, which in turn may help you decide what to do in the end.

For the new parent crisis: “The Kids Will Be Fine: Guilt-Free Motherhood For Thoroughly Modern Women” by Daisy Waugh

Luckily, it's actually pretty hard to mess up your kids. Credit: Provided
Luckily, it’s actually pretty hard to mess up your kids.
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When you first become a parent, everyone wants to give you advice. New moms and dads are inundated with information about the dangers of screen-time, how long you should breastfeed and more endless unasked-for opinions. Daisy Waugh’s new book will make you feel a lot better. She did her fair share of research and found out that it’s pretty hard to completely scar a kid for life. It’s nice to get advice that actually won’t scare you.

For the friendship crisis: “Nantucket Sisters” by Nancy Thayer

Contemplate the meaning of "best friends forever" with this buzzy beach read. Credit: Provided
Contemplate the meaning of “best friends forever” with this buzzy beach read.
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Sometimes it helps to get lost in someone else’s friendship drama to get perspective on your own BFF battle. In this new novel,  which is the very definition of “beach read,” two childhood best friends find themselves on the brink of a fall-out. As kids, they spent every summer together in Nantucket, but they grew apart as they grew up. Maggie is focused on her career but wonders if she’ll ever find love. Piper worries she’ll never be anything more than a trophy wife. Their complicated friendship may help you navigate your own complex relationships.

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