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These Days Are Ours

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  476 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Six months after September 11th, New Yorkers are instructed to get on with their lives despite the terror advisories, streets filled with 9/11 merchandise, and mail that may contain Anthrax.

But for Hailey, still jobless after college and living in her family's Fifth Avenue penthouse, getting on with life means getting closer to Michael Brenner, the Princeton graduate and
Paperback, 290 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 22, 2014 Alice rated it liked it
This novel has already attracted comparisons to GIRLS because it is set in New York and features a collection of exuberant, young and reckless graduates. However one you begin reading you realise it is quite un-like GIRLS because it focuses purely on the upper classes; the trust-fund kids of NYC who live in their parents’ penthouse apartments, wear designer clobber, are constantly bouncing from the coolest new clubs, dabbling in drugs, paying their way into internships, paying their way out of ...more
nomadreader (Carrie D-L)
Dec 07, 2012 nomadreader (Carrie D-L) rated it it was amazing
The backstory: I discovered These Days Are Ourswhen Publishers Weekly gave it a starred reviewand said "What differentiates the book from similar fables with young protagonists able to afford endless rounds of drinks in hipster bars is Hailey’s sense of self and her thoughtful inner life; the shopping and club crawls of her privileged life are just a backdrop, not the story." I immediately pre-ordered it for my Kindle, where I foolishly let it languish for nine months before reading it.

The bas
Apr 26, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
I could not connect with this book. I'm the same age as the protagonist, have had similar experiences, but our world views could not be more different. I feel very let-down by this book. The format was also challenging for me. There are no chapters, just page breaks, and later in the book she reminisces in the middle of conversations and that makes no sense. Finish the conversation and then go explain the memory. The lack of chapters also meant lack of suspense and interest. I was not dying to ...more
Steve H.
Mar 12, 2012 Steve H. rated it it was amazing

Very interesting, engaging, honest book. I enjoyed reading it so much. Once I started reading it, could not let go. Would probably read it again. Absolutely recommended reading to any one interested in NYC society stories, (Who is not?). I feel Michelle Haimoff has a great future as a successful contemporary writer.
May 15, 2012 Kerri rated it really liked it
I was ready to write this book off after I was about 30 pages in. The main character wasn't who I expected she would be, neither were her friends or her family. The writing was simplistic and conversational and the author misused "then" when she meant to use "than." But, I read this book in about a day, so I think I have to admit to myself that I enjoyed it. It was simple in the perfect way that ideal beach reads are simple; but still it went just a bit deeper than that. It had the tone of ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: new-york-city
This very readable book reminded me a Woody Allen movie—lots of intense, witty dialogue among a young Jewish group of NYC friends. There were beads of wisdom in the conversations; comments that made me put the book down a second and think. Haimoff makes writing seem effortless; in just a few sentences she’s able to convey the pulse of New York City. The fact that the novel takes place six months after 9/11 adds a more serious tone, though this isn’t, in fact, a 9/11 book. The time frame is just ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Jillian rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Whip-smart, engaging, heartbreaking, and absolutely hilarious. Not only does the author brilliantly capture post-college angst, she also broadens and deepens the book by setting it in a post-9/11 context. The result is a near-perfect picture of the anxiety and fear that grips all of us at times, regardless of our age, economic means, or social status.
May 29, 2014 Janell rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this novel from a First Reads giveaway, I now wish I had lost. This book is 60% about a girl obsessed with a horrible guy and 40% her being depressed about her parents and being rich. Don't waste your time.
Jun 17, 2012 Al rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-books
Amateurish all around - writing, plot, etc. Do not bother. I have read such better books set in NYC. Sort of a bad imitation of The Emperor's Children.
I think I'm too old for this book. To be fair, I was too old (and too middle class) for this book in my twenties. Readable, but not likeable.
Sofia Aguilar
May 11, 2016 Sofia Aguilar rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
I began this book with the expectations of it being an interesting and unique take on the condition of post-9/11 New York from the perspective of a recent graduate. Needless to say, I was disappointed, and there were many factors involved in my rating of this book.

These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff explores the life of Hailey and her friends Katie, Randy, and Jess, who are all the kids of parents who seem to have it all and make it hard for their children to surpass them in terms of succes
Dec 16, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Taken from my blog at

I didn't hear about this book until nomadreader ( raved about it. I have to say I'm surprised at the little publicity it's received, especially with a cover blurb from Jonathan Tropper, "Smart, witty, honest, and never anything less than utterly engaging." I will say that These Days Are Ours was and wasn't what I was expecting which I'll explain; but overall it was a quick and fantastic read that was iconic in its re
Aug 29, 2013 Chad rated it liked it
First things first, two confessions"
1. I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads First Reader winner.
2. I'm not sure I'm the ideal audience for this book.

My opinion of this novel was constantly changing throughout the book. The first 30 pages were very tough to get through. I didn't care for any of the characters at first because they felt whiny and shallow. Sometimes I find it very difficult to read or watch stories of women who can't help falling for jerks even though everyone else can see
Jan 30, 2013 Danelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Curtis Sittenfeld
Hailey, a recent college grad, is back in her hometown of NYC. It's spring of 2002 and Hailey is searching for a job, among other things. She and her (very rich, very privileged) high school chums are in various stages of post-college employment and are all trying to get 'the' job while sorting out their lives and dealing with NYC 'post 9/11'. Hailey seems to be taking it especially hard as what she wants more than anything is a sense of purpose. She wants to be settled so she can stop worrying ...more
Celia Moontown
May 26, 2015 Celia Moontown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is totally up my alley and would resonate with anyone in their early to mid-twenties. It is thoughtful, engaging and absolutely right. This is not about a little rich girl constantly whining. This is about a young women whose structured life-list has dwindled to two more boxes to tick: get a job and get married. On the outside her life seems fantastic. She can go out till dawn at fancy clubs drinking Mandarin Tonics, go for a luxury brunch and if she really wanted, have her mum make ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Hanna rated it liked it
I was so excited to read These Days Are Ours. I won it in a contest on Goodreads and was convinced I had found my new favorite novel.

My first thought when the book arrived: I love the cover. It's got colors I love and a photograph that looks fun. And so I began reading the book.

The general plot of the book is a rich twenty-something girl in post 9/11 New York City figuring out her life - finding a job, figuring out which type of guy is right for her, and healing from the childhood trauma of her
Dec 04, 2014 Jaime rated it liked it
I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway

After September 11th, New Yorkers learned that getting back to their lives is easier said than done, despite the facades they put up. For Hailey, it was one extra thing to worry about on top of everything else.

But Hailey isn't the only one with fears, although her fears made me think she had some psychological issues. And maybe she does, but the more I read, the more I realized that she is a recent college graduate female who likes men, wants a relationship, an
Jan 31, 2013 Susie rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. There is no gimmick, no complicated plot full of twists and turns, heavy writing or surprise endings turning the book upside down. Absolutely not. It's just an honest to goodness, "hit it on the head" picture of twenty-somethings trying to find their way after 9/11 in New York City. They are questioning the fact that they can't find jobs, that they may die in a terrorist attack at any time, that they've lived easy and affluent lives and that maybe ...more
May 02, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
I’m surprised this book didn’t get more attention from bloggers when it was published. A lot of bloggers I know would really relate to These Days Are Ours simply because a lot of them are of the same generation as the characters in the novel. I’m a little younger than Hailey and her friends – I was seventeen on 9/11, these characters were twenty-two – but the ages are similar enough that I related to them to a fair degree.

I totally experienced the post-college “what the hell am I going to do wit
Sep 16, 2013 Kandace rated it really liked it
Being a recent college graduate in a unsteady market is bad enough, but embarking into your adult life in New York City six months after September 11, 2001 is a nightmare. Hailey is struggling to move forward with her life. She can’t seem to land a job and that only way to impress her Fifth Avenue social set is to make big money or marry well. She continues to interview for jobs and pursue Michael Brenner even as the uncertainty of another attack looms daily. As Hailey struggles to get her life ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
I won a copy of These Days Are Ours as part of a firstreads giveaway. The first chapter was incredibly obnoxious to read, as narrator Hailey fantasizes over non-remarkable Brenner, a young soon-to-be law student. Truly, he inner narration reminds me of my own romantic fantasizes in high school. He remains aloof, even as Hailey doggedly pursues a relationship with him, and I worried that this would be the entire book, Brenner dismissing Hailey even as he fucks her on a rooftop.

Luckily, it turns
Apr 16, 2014 Sully rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I would give this story a 2 1/2-3 stars. This is a story following the day in the life of Hailey, whom is this rich upper east side recent graduate girl that does not know what to do with her life. The only thing she is certain about is that she doesn't want to end up like her divorced parents (especially her mother). The books reminds me of a screen play because there is a lot of dialogue (wish I adore) but, sometimes it was difficult to
Jan 19, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
„these days are ours“ by michelle haimoff struck a nerve. as a recent college graduate i see myself in the same situation as the main character. i love hailey. i love how she thinks and i love that haimoff put these thoughts so accurately into words that you cannot stop reading. i tore through this book and wished that i had never to leave the house so that I could stay with it all the time. it is so dear to my heart, that it is hard to part from it now that it’s finished. but i know that it ...more
Lisa Bentley
Jul 09, 2015 Lisa Bentley rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books

In a post 9/11 NewYork, Hariet – a recent graduate – struggles to find her place both in a city that she loves; a city that she has seen torn apart and put back together again with alarming speed but also in a post-baby boomer society.


It was such a relief to pick up this book after a week reading books that didn’t enthral me. These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff could almost be a safety blanket book – one that all graduates should keep close by to make them realise that they are
Jun 16, 2016 Aubrey rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I think the best way to describe how I feel about this book is just that I liked it. Not really more than that, but not less either. It follows Hailey, a privileged early 20s New Yorker, living in 6 months-post-9/11 NY. To be honest, the first part of the book had me kind of wanting to stop reading. She seemed, to me, quite pathetic...All she did was talk and think about this guy who very clearly doesn't care a thing about her, who she never even dated. But as the book went on I started to feel ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
This is one of the best YA novels I have read in a long time. I've been disenchanted with a lot of them as of late. However, this was a captivating, well-written novel that I would absolutely recommend to anyone that wants something different from the dystopian/love triangle stuff out there.

I couldn't relate to the characters at all, but I liked that. I come from a completely different world than them, and it was interesting to see how the other side lives, and how they think. Another reviewer c
Nov 26, 2014 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only does this book have a beautiful cover, but a powerful story to match. Michelle Haimoff is a New Yorker with a witty way of writing much like Lena Dunham, author of the Girls phenomenon.

The story follows Hailey, a privileged twenty-something girl fresh out of college and looking for a job in the wake of 9/11. She documents her struggles with not only finding a career but also finding an identity for herself in the city that never sleeps, and is in the midst of coping with the aftermath o
Apr 25, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
If I were going to set up a book group of people from my own generation and the twenty something generation this is the first book I would want to read and discuss. It is from the point of view of the super privleged New York class of private school and Ivy League graduates - young people who are unlikely to equal their parens' success because their parents have managed to earn an expensive life style in an expensive city. This is absolutely a book about "first world problems", and it also shows ...more
Natalie E. Ramm
Apr 01, 2013 Natalie E. Ramm rated it really liked it
These Days Are Ours is like a conversation piece for 20-somethings about the problems 20-somethings face. “It’s like Thought Catalog the book” as one eloquent friend of mine said. It’s a dialogue driven narrative about how shitty it is to be unemployed, looking for love, trying to understand life and where you fit in it. And it’s a lot of #firstworldproblems, which I can relate to! She’s a recent BU grad and has moved back to New York City (post 9/11) to get a job. Hailey comes from a wealthy, ...more
Caroline Elizabeth
Aug 14, 2013 Caroline Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I really wanted to stop reading this book within the first few pages. I went and read some reviews on it and was surprised to see that a lot of people had the same concerns I did. The main character, Hailey, spends way too much time obsessing over this jerk of a guy. As a reader, it's frustrating to watch her keep going back to him when you know she deserves better. Also, Hailey isn't really the person I envisioned her to be. She's from such a rich and elite family in New York City that it is ...more
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