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Things You Should Know by Now: A Mini-Life Manual for the Quarterly-Aged [Paperback]

By Jason Boyett (Author)
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Pages   219
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.88" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2003
Publisher   Relevant Books
ISBN  0971457689  
EAN  9780971457683  

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Let's face it: You don't know half as much as you let on. Sure, you were able to skate through college based on a decent work ethic and the ability to use words like "postmodernity" in appropriate situations. Also, you had good hair. And maybe you're still afloat after a couple years on the job, despite having just recently discovered that a 401(k) is not quite the same as the 4-1-1, yo. But now life is catching up with you. You're realizing that last night's pizza is probably not the healthiest breakfast food. That romantic relationships are hard. And that credit cards can be trouble. So basically you've got two choices. Option A: You ride this seat-of-your-pants thing as long as possible until you lose your pants altogether. Good luck with that. Wear clean underwear. Or Option B: Buy this book. It's helpfully titled Things You Should Know by Now: A Mini-Life Manual for the Quarterly Aged. Inside you'll find a collection of tips, suggestions, step-by-step outlines and self-important asides from twentysomething author Jason Boyett, all intended to help you navigate the choppy waters of love, work, money and healthy living. It's entertaining! It's occasionally insightful! And there's a chapter on How to Cook Eggs! Things You Should Know by Now is, in fact, the instruction manual on how to live and actually enjoy life, and that's not just back-of-the-book boasting. OK, it is, but still... you need to read this. Seriously.

Publishers Description
Combine the simple advice of "Life's Instruction Book with the witty practically of "The Motley Fool. Toss in a little attitude for fun, and tailor it for the untethered millennial generation--young adults in their 20s--for whom college has ended and real life has begun (and for whom adulthood still seems a year or two away). Advise them on how to make the most of this period of life, how to get started on the right foot financially. Gaze head-on at the social issues and decisions that are sure to crop up. Make pragmatic "improve-your-life" suggestions, and recommend ways to simply be cool. Identify the important things, and put the insignificant where it belongs. And entertain. The result? A book titled. "Things You Should Know by Now: A Mini-Life Manual for the Quarterly-Aged.

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Jason Boyett is not a professional theologian or historian but that hasn't stopped him from writing this book. His work has appeared in a variety of publications as well as on his blog ( He lives in Texas with his wife and children.

The Pocket Guide Series explains complex religious subjects with a lethal dose of educational hilarity, guided by the author's insatiable curiosity, humor, and gentle irreverence. The Pocket Guide series includes Pocket Guide to Sainthood, Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, and this book. Discover more at

Jason Boyett currently resides in Amarillo, in the state of Texas.

Jason Boyett has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Pocket Guides (Jossey-Bass)

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Things you ALREADY know by now  Aug 23, 2007
This book is mistitled. It should be called "Things you already know by now and wish you hadn't wasted $12 to find out." I think that about covers it..... Oh, one good thing, my bf found a smoothie recipe he really liked. Not sure that alone was worth $12 though!
common sense that's not so common   Oct 12, 2006
This book does have alot of common sense information. However, it is a helpful tool for basic things to know. It won't change your life incredibly and I don't believe that was the point. The point was basic stuff that everyone should know by the time they're in their twenties. You'll most likely know most of the stuff he's talking about (such as running is great excerise and optimism is better than pessimism). but It's good reinforcement for that sort of stuff. It's helpful little tidbits on life that serves it's purpose. It is organized into basic categories and can seem pretty random for some. But again, It's just random tips on how to live life. It won't save your life, but won't hurt it either.
Some good some bad advice but mostly just one person's opinion  Nov 28, 2005
This book is very uneven. Some of the advice is ridiculous such as having a pest inspector in to check your house on a monthy basis.

Some is just platitudes such as "the best way to live is generously". Well maybe as long as you limit your exposure to being ripped off.

The financial advice is good for the most part.

Nowhere does the author say how he knows all this and why we should believe him. You don't know which advice is good and which is not, if you don't already know.

There is a lot to learn in life, so by all means read this book but don't rely too heavily on it.
Stupid, pointless, and disorganized  Aug 31, 2005
I need to know how to perform a card trick by the time I'm quarter aged? Maybe if I was a magician that might be useful. I thought this book might be a little deeper than that, but all it is is a bunch of little tidbits of useless, and sometimes incorrect, information.
For example, in the section on credit card debt, he advises you to get out of debt by slicing up your credit card and then canceling the account. Cutting the card up is fine, but he neglects to mention that canceling a card can actually HURT your credit score, because your credit rating is based on your debt as a percentage of the total credit available to you. So if you cancel a card, you have less total credit available. Even the most basic books on debt will tell you this, which leads me to beleive this guy did absolutely no research, at least in this area.
And.. a chapter on how to buy groceries? Uh.. if you made it to "quarter-aged", I'm pretty sure you have a basic idea of how to purchase groceries. His tips include making a list, and eating before you go.. wow thanks for the ground-breaking advice.
I also found his "humourous" puns to be quite annoying and so numerous as to be most of the filler in this book. And they're not even funny. There are also way too many personal stories about this guys life. I suppose one of the "Things I Should Know by Now" is that he was afraid of the pie man on Sesame Street. Who cares!
A total waste of time and energy. Most things I already knew, the others I didn't care about. I guess I'm ahead of the game then.
Ooh! I can make a smoothie!  Aug 9, 2004
I'm actually 21, transitioning to another new school, and only beginning to realize that, statistically speaking, I only have 9 more years of life before entering adulthood. This book managed to be informative while catering wit to my short attention span. What's great about the author is his very casual, almost big-brother tone. I found some of the chapters perfectly answered the EXACT questions I usually think about (like an FAQ for 21-year-olds: dating, finances, and smoothie-making) and others to be things I hadn't thought about, but were equally compelling ("the value of stories" and "what marriage isn't"). A lot of my friends are starting off in their own apartments for this upcoming year, and they've thumbed through it and found helpful advice as well. I highly recommend it for people looking for a twenty-anything birthday gift, or a college graduation gift.

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