Self-Help Books Every 20-Something Should Read

get past that 20 slump

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As someone who has spent most of her life led by a deep cloak of disinterest and general independence, it's safe to say that I have never been one to subscribe to any sort of self-help medium. But a few months ago, midway through my 22nd year on this planet, a friend handed me his go-to book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, and told me to start reading it. It may have been a criticism at the way I decided to live my life, or just a way of sharing something that was important to him, but either way, it was well-intentioned and I figured I'd give it a shot. And so it became a staple on my morning commute. Filled with endless mantras and things that, quite frankly, seemed to be a bit mystical and much too spiritual for me, it took me a while to get into. But it did open my mind a little, and made me think more about my choices and the things that impacted my life and general mood. And so I continued on, consuming more works of the "self-help" genre, and found that by picking up one of these books every now and then helped me stay focused and remind me that it's okay to not be so damn disillusioned all the time.

If you sometimes feel like you could be a character on Girls, or one of those web series aimed at Millennials, or just feel like you could use a little bit of guidance as you move into full-on adulthood, click through the gallery. The smartest, funniest self-help books are waiting for you there.