I read the book Generatie Ei (Generation Y) from Rosa Surachno. Read here my review.
About the book
Generation Y is not in a very positive daylight (born between 1985 and 2000). They say we are lazy and overestimate ourselves. But that’s a distorted picture: we want to make something of our lives, while it’s very difficult to choose from too many possibilities. Rosa Surachno, who, like many others, was overshadowed by her busy existence, studied this topic and searched why we are so busy with high expectations and performance pressures, but above all why we do not give ourselves the space to make mistakes. She spoke with experience experts, professionals and generals, and the result is this fun, practical (hand) book for the generation who needs more than ever before.
I belong to generation Y and I consider myself a so called ‘millenial’. Like many others, I also struggle sometimes with the many opportunities we have and that we have to make the best out of our lives. Even though it seems more easy now than ever before, it’s not. So I was really curious about this book and what the writer would ‘help’ me. When I first saw the book, first thing I noticed is that the author has the same age as me. I am 24 years old. Hmm… what does she know better than me?
From the first page, I noticed that Surachno is nothing like me. Yes, there are things that I recognize myself in, but I don’t handle things the way she does. She writes about her own experiences, what she learned from them and adds informative information from professionals to it. I’m a bit disappointed that the researches she refers to is a little outdated. She uses information that was published sometimes ten years ago. Aren’t there new researches?
She wrote this book, because she made her final thesis about this topic, so she decided to dive into this topic more and write a book about it. Sometimes this book reads a little bit like a thesis. She uses words that shouldn’t be written down. Just because people use words in spoken language, doesn’t mean you should put it on paper. It makes it a little bit childish.
Generation Y are people that were born in 1985 till 2000, but this book sometimes feels like it’s written for students. Surachno keeps referring to college, school projects and grades, while I finished college three years ago and am working full time, like many other ‘millenials’. So I can’t really relate to that anymore. What about the information, researches and practical tips for people who are over 25? Tips about career, love, family, friends, buying a house and about the fact that we ‘have to’ share our life’s on social media? That on the outside everything has to be good, while on the inside we sometimes crawl in a corner and cry? There’s not much about this in the book at all. In fact, I sometimes thing the author is a little bit spoiled and underappreciative. I feel like she is complaining while there is nothing to complain about. She refers to students who like to study for over six years, while I think that’s bullshit. Go to work for god’s sake and stop complaining so much about that you picked the wrong student course.
Later in the book, it does get better. Surachno adds more relevant researches to her story and writes also more about work life and I do get some tips out of it that are usefull. But still, I think this book is more for students than for millenials. Millenials aren’t only students, and I think that this book is a little bit more about that. So if you are a student, good for you! This book might be helpfull for you. But for me, not so much.
Titel: Generatie Ei (Generation Y)
Author: Rosa Surachno
Publisher: A.W. Bruna Uitgevers
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