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Gen X Girl’s Journal, The

Publisher: Independently Published
Book type: Novel
Age: Adult
Genre: Drama
Sub Genre: Coming of Age · Romance
Language: English
Key Phrases: 80’s and 90’s nostalgia · College Romance · friendship fiction · Second Chance Romance · strong female mc · Women’s Fiction
Spice Level:

The spice rating is in regards to the type of sexual content within the book. Below is a helpful guide (courtesy of Georgia C Leigh)

1= YA romantic, making out, MAYBE a closed door.
2= some on page foreplay and nudity but mostly fade to black.
3= open door, on page vanilla sex.
4= on page sex – hot or with kink.
5= erotica.

“Annika is a very relatable character and her relationships with friends and family have a convincing authenticity about them that compels the sympathy and interest of the reader. I found myself really caring about these people and following every twist and turn of their fortunes with real fascination. The best books give you the opportunity to perceive the world through the eyes of others, to share in their sorrows and their joys. This book enabled me to do just that. The book is written in a most engaging and elegant manner, which keeps the pages turning and which kept my attention absorbed throughout. It’s a voyage of life and one that I felt privileged to tag along with.”
– Martin Dukes, on Goodreads
This coming of age journey through thirty years of Annika’s life has a splash of romance and dashes of 80’s and 90’s nostalgia. It features historical touchstones to real-life events. You’ll feel like you have made a new great friend in Annika!

Within an hour of arriving at her college campus for freshman year in 1985, Annika’s self-assurance and hopefulness evaporate. She lacks the East Coast sophistication and prep school worldliness which all the other freshmen seem to possess. She quickly realizes her sheltered upbringing and introverted nature challenge her ability to navigate everything from the Greek social structure to problematic professors.

Just as she finds her footing by second semester, she is knocked off balance by a personal trauma. Annika will need to mine her inner strength and rely upon the first true friends of her life to persevere.

As she becomes a young bride, embarks on her career, and struggles with parenthood, Annika is tugged between what she wants for herself, what her mother expects of her, and what society dictates she should be.

The Gen X Girl’s Journal is sprinkled with 80’s and 90’s nostalgia, and the music that accompanies Annika’s life. It is a page-turning coming-of-age tale with unexpected twists, celebrating hopeful perseverance, honoring the inspiration to keep moving forward, and illustrating how the strength and love of genuine friends are essential to emotional survival.

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