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Book review: 101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone

Book review: 101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone

After finally getting my hands on a copy of “101 Secrets for Your Twenties,” I couldn’t put it down. As a young twenty-something myself, right after firsthand experience, there is nothing more valuable than hearing from a been-there-done-that point of view. And this book delivers.

I discovered Angone’s website,, shortly after GenTwenty was founded. The article that brought me there, and also inspired the book, was “21 Secrets for Your 20s.” Seriously, check it out if you can’t make a mad dash to the closest bookstore right this minute.

Book review: 101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone

I could give you a long detailed review, but I’d rather not spoil the fun (and all of Angone’s hard work–they are “secrets” after all). Whether you have barely broken the cusp of 20 or have plowed into thirtydom, there is something here for you.

This little black book is laced with tidbits of experience, personal and relevant life stories, as well as relatable, witty language. While the book is not overly religious, there are mentions of God and faith every so often, but if that’s not your cup of tea, don’t worry–the lessons can still be applied.


My favorite review of the book that I have seen so far is from Jeff Goins who writes:

“This book is funny, heartfelt, and important. Your twenties are a time of life that most people tend to glamorize or dismiss. Paul does neither. I especially liked #6.”

If you don’t relate to that, you are probably on the wrong website (but please stay anyway!).

Angone’s goal is to not give you a roadmap for making it through your twenties, but rather to create dialogue about what we are experiencing right now, all of our fears and all of our dreams, and to reassure us that nobody has it all figured out.

Wondering what my favorite secrets are? Read #23, #76, #82, and #92.

Pick up your own copy of the book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Check out Angone’s website, and then let us know what you’re favorite secrets are!

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About the Author

Nicole Booz

Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty, GenThirty, and The Capsule Collab. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the author of The Kidult Handbook (Simon & Schuster May 2018). She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, eating brunch, or planning her next great adventure.