Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning is written by Allison Trowbridge. It was published April 4, 2017, by Thomas Nelson, Inc. I selected this book for review and was provided a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review.
“When it comes to endings, Ash, begin by remembering who you are” (Trowbridge, 170).
Written in letters which are formatted more into sections than actual letters, Trowbridge lends advice to a fictional character named Ash. The reader doesn’t encounter Ash’s response to Allison throughout the book. We only read Allison’s view and well-meaning guidance.
Her advice is informed by her own experiences in college. Trowbridge states this is the book she wanted to read when she was twenty-two. Ash is every young woman who identifies with the character – going off to college, making her way through reality, and searching for more than what is presented to her. She is open and ready to receive.
I couldn’t relate to Twenty-Two. I needed a different kind of advice when I finally made it through college. I enjoyed engaging with the pages as I gear up to see my teenager through her senior year in high school. I gleaned some beautiful advice from the “Last Pick” section/letter:
“Being the outsider cracked the soul of my world, and into those deep crevices I felt God pouring the fertile seeds of empathy. One day those seeds would blossom into greater faith – a faith put into practice as I learned to love others in the ways I wanted to be loved” (Trowbridge, 138).
I recommend this book to young women going into their senior year of high school or are college bound. It is not bound in scripture but does have a few inspirational ones. I appreciated that. Twenty-Two makes a nice graduation gift.
Allison Trowbridge is a writer and social entrepreneur who has spent her career working against human trafficking and modern-day slavery—both through nonprofit and for-profit enterprises.
Allie is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara and is currently working on her MBA and British accent at the University of Oxford.
You can find her at @Alliebridge.
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