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Generation WTF: From what the #%$&? to a wise, tenacious, and fearless you

Templeton Press, 2011,

RRP $23.95

Reviewed by Karyl Davison.

IF you don't understand this book's title, you're definitely not part of this generation, and are not part of its intended readership.

For the uninitiated, generation WTF are 18 to 25 years old and "WTF" is an exclamation of frustration and anger at the world in which young adults find themselves, post-Global Financial Crisis.

(If you want to know what the letters stand for, ask a young person.)

The primary aim of this book is to guide the members of generation WTF to move beyond frustration and protest to become wise, tenacious and fearless.

It's a self-help book specifically written for and geared towards people in that generation, but it's not your average self-help book.

The advice comes from the best, timeless self-help books, psychological experiments about behaviour change, and real-life experiences of generation WTFers.

The book gives its WTF readers examples, exercises and real-world guidance on how to navigate school and university, work and personal life, and would be particularly helpful to young adults about to finish university and enter the job market.

The first section is about self-awareness – reflecting on strengths and weaknesses, and values; the second is about setting goals and meeting them; and the third is primarily about getting finances in order and acquiring the life skills for a successful life.

While Generation WTF is definitely geared towards the 18 to 25-year-olds, it deals with challenges we all face: budgeting, prioritising, and relationships both personal and professional.

For those of you not part of generation WTF, this book will give you a valuable insight into the particular issues faced by this generation.