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Life in Twenty-Something: A Story of Self-Discovery

by Evan Tarver

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Evan Tarver's Life in Twenty-Something highlights the life of the Silicon Valley millennial David LeBlanc. Being bullied by his former boss, he and a business partner have their own start-up company and fails. The two go bankrupt and have to discover their next steps, sued by their former employer. David is after the sex, drugs, and girls. He lives in various places in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but as loose as his relationships with women are, responsible, well-thought choices without window dressing take a long time to develop.

David's lessons learned form the basis for a new passion: becoming an author and sharing his ideas with other millennials. A happy end would be too soon. In a final roller-coaster of events, a new law case against David takes your attention. Will he be found guilty? Will any of his friends and family show support? Will his lawyer's preparation turn out to be effective?

The book contains all the common places of Silicon Valey, LA, and SF. High-end clubs, posh girls, one-night stands, lots of drinks, lost memories, programmers, actors, Apple MacBooks and Starbucks coffee shops. A search for true passion and a purpose for the life beyond twenties. ( )
  hjvanderklis | Aug 4, 2016 |
There’s an old joke about a little bird that complained about the cold, until a cow crapped on its head. Then it sang joyfully about the warmth, until a cat brushed it off and ate it. The moral to the story was something like those that shit on you aren’t necessarily your enemies; those that pick you out of the shit aren’t necessarily your friends. Finally, in either circumstance keep your mouth shut because everything is subject to change.

Life in Twenty-Something is a bit like that. Dave and Cody are struggling to start a new business, until their vindictive former employers decide to sue them. Suddenly, they find themselves without income or other immediate prospects and facing potentially enormous legal claims. Dave is a bit like the little bird in that he complains to some of his friends, tries to maintain his image before others, and begins a dangerous downhill slide into self-pity-aided and abetted by alcohol and pot. He cannot understand how some of his friends can be so happy and seemingly blasé to negative circumstances.
Nevertheless, eventually he comes to see that there may be opportunity disguised in adversity, and that negative outcomes can often be favorable in the end.

This book is well written and edited and can be considered a self-help book disguised as an entertaining novel. Readers cannot help but feel for Dave while simultaneously considering him a dumbass. Cody has the same problems Dave has but seems not to wallow in self-pity and plays a somewhat supportive role to Dave. Dave’s two girl-friends both have their own agendas neither of which include having a man invite them to a pity-party, but both come through and show support for Dave in the end. By the way, the end includes a deeply satisfying twist.

Life in Twenty-Something should appeal to anyone who likes general fiction and stories where the protagonist is struggling with both himself and outside events. 5-Stars Clabe Polk ( )
  CPolk625 | Jul 26, 2016 |
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