Twenty-Two: The Perfect Graduation Gift for Her

About a month ago, the kind people at Elle communications sent me the book: Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaningby Allison Trowbridge. As a 22 year old, I was excited to read this but was honestly a little concerned that it would be cliche, and just another “Chicken Soup for a College Grad.” Thankfully, it ended up being the complete opposite.

I love learning about the lives of the authors and various content creators I engage with. It gives me insight into their words and allows for me to connect with who they are, and their work, in a deeper way. Allison, is a entrepreneur and now published author (#girlboss) who works in advocacy against human trafficking and modern day slavery. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and is currently working on her MBA at the University of Oxford. Check out her website here!

Like many books, this one included quotes of praises from notable people. As someone who had never heard of Allison Trowbridge, it was cool to see some of my favorite organizations and authors like Christian author Bob Goff, Caitlin Crosby Benward founder of the Giving Keys, and Sarah Dubbeldam editor-in-chief of Darling Magazine, affirm the greatness of this book.

Twenty-Two is an genuine collection of stories about friendship, decision making, transitions, beauty, self-worth, and Jesus. Every other page I found myself reaching for a pen to underline all the nuggets of truth. Throughout the book, Allison uses her own experiences to share advice and talk about how she navigated the world of growing up and becoming a “real adult.” This is the perfect gift for the college graduate in your life, it’s practical, its a fun read, and the cover is gorgeous!

I already have two friends on the list to read it, let me know if you want to be next!

**I received this book for free. All opinions are my own**


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  • Reply Zesty Olive

    Great review! I’ll have to pick up a copy for myself, too. I think it’s so important for women of all ages and generations to support each other, and sharing their stories is a powerful way to do that. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. You’re right ~ a great graduation gift!

    April 26, 2017 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Her vs. World

    I’ve been looking for a new book to read and this sounds like something I would like. Do you know if it’s sold at bookstores or do I have to order it online?

    April 26, 2017 at 11:38 am
    • Reply Alysse

      I am pretty sure it is also sold at major bookstores, like Barnes & Noble!

      April 26, 2017 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hsieh

    I am going to put this book on my to-read list! The Defining Decade is also a good book that is similar to this 🙂 I talked about it a bit here –

    April 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm
    • Reply Alysse

      Another one of my friends were just talking about The Defining Decade! Definetly going to be a summer read for me!

      April 26, 2017 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply annemarkey1

    I have not heard of this book! I love reading about new books.

    April 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply ambriarenee

    I finished it yesterday, and it made me feel, and I think that’s the best thing ever! There were times I felt reassured, I could whole heartedly agree, and other times, I was just filled with emotion that I couldn’t pin point, but I am thankful that a read allowed to move me the way it did (:

    May 20, 2017 at 12:42 am
  • Reply The Unemployed College Graduate's Guide to "Adulting".

    Definitely going to pick this up!

    May 23, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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