Allison Trowbridge uses the power of story to share a series of enlightening letters to an imagined young woman wrestling with the questions that arise as she faces her looming adulthood.
The 21st century can be a prosperous yet complicated time to be a young woman. Advancements like access to higher education, gender equality, social networks, and travel destinations provide opportunities to women in their twenties that weren't available to previous generations. Even with a world of possiblity and opportunity, young women are filled with more questions than answers, more pressures than prospects, and more disenchantment than direction.
Stepping into this glaring disconnect, Allison Trowbridge offers Twenty-Two, a series of personal letters that combines true life experiences and advice with the fictional life of the recipient, Ashley, a young woman looking for mentorship from someone one step ahead in life. The letters are sent every other month, over the forty-four months of Ash’s college experience, and address a wide range of relevant topics while tying into universal themes such as the value of the journey, identity, social impact as a lifestyle, wisdom in the ordinary moments, and the profound impact of God’s work realized through the way we live every day. Trowbridge subtly weaves in today’s most pressing social issues—from poverty in our neighborhoods to human trafficking across the globe—inspiring a greater sense of mission in both Ash and the reader.
Twenty-Two is a book that speaks to millennial women, a generation hungry for a bigger life story yet uncertain about how to get there. But it is not a how-to book for girls coming of age, because a field guide could never capture the complexities of this season. Rather, Twenty-Two is a deeply personal narrative about friendship, heartbreak, and hope that will inspire young women from a wide variety of backgrounds to live fully into their own remarkable journeys today.