Not to nitpick about this-author versus that-author making the list, but why is this list almost entirely novels and celebrity memoirs? Does the writer of this piece find non-fiction unimportant, or is the world not THAT interesting when you’re in your 20s? For instance, takealook at the first book on this list. The “best 9/11 novel?” How about an actual book about 9/11? How about “The Looming Tower” by Lawrence Wright: it won the Pulitzer and is one of Time’s “top 100 non-fiction books of all time.” Why should the “must-read” book about the most politically consequential event ofa20-something’s lifetime beanovel about “characters [who] are all pretty much upper-class pseudo-intellectuals?”
Iraged when Time accused “millenials” of being solipsistic, vacuous, and unengaged with the wider world;Istill reject that characterization. If people in their 20s are better than the vapid caricature that critics sketch, let’s aspire to be interested in more than contemporary novels about middle-class New Yorkers and celebrity memoirs. There’salot more going on in the world, give 20-somethings some credit.