The 10 Women You'll Be before You're 35
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The 10 Women You'll Be before You're 35

3.05 of 5 stars 3.05  ·  rating details  ·  167 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Everyone - from your mother to your boyfriend - is always telling you who you are and who you should be. But who are you, really, and who do you really want to be? New Graduate; Dollarless Diva; Worker Bee; Party Girl; Body-Conscious Babe; Chameleon; Crisis Chick; Ms. Independence; Wirl (half woman/half girl); True You. In "The 10 Women You'll Be Before You're 35," author...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 28th 2005 by Adams Media Corporation (first published February 1st 2005)
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I recommend this book to every female in their 20's. Alison James has a fun, direct way of presenting the many different attitudes, goals, and hang-ups women experience between the time they graduate college and turn 35. Most readers will find that they've already (on some level) experienced each phase James describes and may find comfort in knowing that their shifts in identity are not only normal but equally important in discovering who it is they want to be. With helpful tips, true stories, a...more
Cute for a recent college grad, no longer relevant past one year in the work force.
Beth F.
There’s no need to buy this one; you can read it in less than 20 minutes at the bookstore if the title catches your fancy (as it did mine). The book probably serves a much better purpose as a means of reminiscing for those of us who’ve already bumbled our way through most of the phases described in the book. But I think the point was to market it as the “ideal” book to gift to that recent college girl grad. That being said, I’m pretty sure that if somebody had given me this book at 22, it probab...more
Jun 18, 2013 Siobhan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women Ages 20-infinity
An easy quick read that can be done in as little as an evening. Some I didn't relate to as much but the later ones definitely. Women at this time in history are going through their lives in a very different way than just a few decades before. This book is a good way to look back and reflect on where you've been, where your at and where your going and to find a healthy dose of self acceptance and humor.

Also had a lot of good quotes! Here are a few!

"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply di...more
Stephanie Grassie
It took me awhile to get through because it was slow, boring, and read at a 6th grade reading level. It was difficult for me to desire spending my precious time on this, so I primarily read it in very small bits over the course of a month. Anyway... The book is ok. It is very "cutesy" and could/should have been a much shorter, coffee table sort of book, rather than trying to format it like a novel. I genuinely enjoyed a few lines in each chapter and did, indeed, identify with each phase. I spent...more
I was able to relate to it in a way that every woman should... Realistic... Although it may not always be applicable to everybody's situation but the thoughts are transferable and life skills evolve into something that will fit in a certain circumstance
Aug 30, 2009 Em rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind a bit of a generic look at female life rather than anything constructive.
Shelves: non-fiction
I'd been meaning to read this book for ages but I couldn't find it on any bookshop shelves ANYWHERE for months, so eventually I just ordered a cheapy copy of it online.

I think I'd bigged it up in my mind a little more than it needed to be honest, but it was still an enjoyable read. It was a little more fluff than I thought it might be, more of an amusing read than anything particularly instructive. And of course, as is always with these kind of books, it's very generic. But still a laugh to rea...more
Jun 25, 2007 Meredith rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: woman under 35 into self-help books
Shelves: read_2007
If you are into self-help type books you may just like this books. The book describes different phases that many woman go through throughout their lives. The problem with the book was that they didn't really tell me anything that I didn't already know and also that I didn't feel that a lot of the information really applied to me or a lot of my friends for that matter. Wouldn't really recommend this one!
Nov 10, 2007 PlatKat rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls who are younger and more frivilous than I
Note: This is a mom-issued book.

In attempt to be humorous, the author often falls short and just sounds cheap and moronic. It's like an episode of Sex and the City that doesn't go anywhere. Still, as I recovered from a break-up, something about the ridiculousness of this book was comforting. If this is the kind of thing most women can relate to, I'm still ahead of the dating curve!
This was funny at times... but not worth the $3 I paid for the sale version of it. It was a very fast read- and yes, you do recognize different stages of your life (since I'm a lil older than the teen girl this is modeled least that's the way it seemed to me.) But if you are in a reflective epriod of your life- it seemed like a fitting read.
I read this book not too long after I graduated from college. I had just started my first real job. This was a great way for me to accept the changes that were occurring in my life and to roll with the punches. I have already been some of these women, and some are still to come.
May 13, 2007 Alicia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Colleen, Adrianna, Mandy
This book is just a fun read. You will recognize and identify with the different phases that women go through. This book is famous for creating the oh so true phrase "Perfecting the Martini Smile" Trust me it is a funny read and the vocabulary is outrageous funny.
Cute book - would be a great gift for a female student. Some parts were really cheesy but I enjoyed the author's sarcasm and the quotes sprinkled throughout the book. My favorite chapters were the "party girl" and the last one one about being a "wirl!"
This book is inane. I don't know why I even checked it out in the first place. I'm kind of cheating when I say I marked it read. I tried to read it, and did skip to the various sections. No way am I reading every word in this book.
Just a good flip through and see where you are and where you've been book.

A little to general I think for any substance wouldn't run out to buy it but is good enough to pass on to a friend.
Rita Lott
I have to confess that, even though not REALLY having finished this book, I kind of consider it read. The half of it i went through was enough wisdom and laughter for the next years to be,
Waste of my time. Couldn't get past the ridiculous chapter headings. This author is cynical and unoriginal. Can't believe this thing got published!
I mostly started skimming this book after a while because I didn't really relate to any of it, oh well it was a bargain bin book and was worth a shot!
Lists 10 phases women repeatedly go through and points out the lessons learned during each.
I'm pretty sure I went through all of them before 23.
Sarah Marie
This book was good, but I think I would enjoy it more now or in the next few years. I think I was a little too young to really appreciate the book.
Not too sure if this was meant to be tounge in cheak or if the advice was serious, but I found it pointless and a waste of my time.
Gina Pollack
good read, really insightful. makes you look at things differently. im glad that im not the only one going thru this.
My least favorite kind of book. I read about 2 pages of it. Given to me by my stepmom, which explains it all.
This actually helped me put my thoughts together. It was quite funny too. Better than I thought.
Evett DiBianco
A fun book in which you'll see yourself through each stage. A total girly must!
Kelsea Foecking
Must read for any young women, easily to relate to and funny!
I think this is a great book for new graduates
I think this book saved my life!! :)
Meh. Nothing really new.
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