Quarter Life Crisis: A Novel by Patrick Anderson Jr.Quarter Life Crisis: A Novel by Patrick Anderson Jr.
Published August 2014
Genres: New Adult
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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Sean is a twenty-five year old disenchanted college grad who just rediscovered his love for video games, which is only exceeded by his love for weed and alcohol.

Lauren's a twenty-four year old college dropout turned working mother, who's just walked in on her husband (and the father of her two year old son) having sex with another woman in their apartment.

Sean meets Lauren. Lauren meets Sean. Then their real stories begin.

Together, Sean and Lauren represent a large portion of our society, a generation of individuals entering their mid- and late-twenties in the new millennium. Many of them have been told to dream big and aim high, that the next four years will be the best of their lives (a depressing thought). A few of them fulfill these dreams. Most don't, and in a time when acquiring a college degree has become more an expectation than an accomplishment, Sean and Lauren must break the mold society's set in front of them if they ever hope to achieve true happiness.

Sean is a pysch college-grad with a bright future ahead of him, but he is disenchanted by the expectations that people have of him. The death of his best friend a year ago lays heavy on him and all his ambitions are lost on him.

Lauren is a twenty-four year old college dropout turned working mother, who just walked in on her husband (and the father of her two year old son) having sex with their babysitter in their apartment.

When Sean and Lauren meet unexpectedly, their lives are turned upside down again – but will it be for the better?

What I liked about Quarter Life Crisis was that its story felt very real and quite representative of the contemporary challenges that people aged 20-25 face, even if this representation is shockingly direct without holding back.

I felt all characters (both the main characters Lauren and Sean and their family and friends) were very well researched and authentic but I also felt that sometimes Lauren and Sean’s behaviour throughout the story (and the different situations they come to face) has been either unrealistic or overdramatised.

I understand that the author didn’t want to give this story a romantic blissful happily-ever-after in order to show readers the realistic and “most-likely” ending. But then again, I would have wanted more indications on why it “didn’t work out” after all between Sean and Lauren (because much is left to guess), and I was also missing something that resembles a morale, because I didn’t seem to find any… The end of the book felt just like someone telling me “Yeah well, it doesn’t always work out for the best, just suck it up and deal with it…”

But other than that, I really enjoyed the author’s writing, as well as the general contemporary theme that he seems to like to discuss – Quarter Life Crisis was definitely unexpected, and even though I have some negative comment to make, I didn’t really experience a moment in this book when I did not want to finish it (because some reviewers filed a DNF). I was kept intrigued, even though the ending wasn’t completely to my liking.

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All the feels
3.5 Stars
Overall: three-half-stars