Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke and Hangry

By Samantha Jayne

ISBN: 9781455565283

Author Website: http://www.samanthajayne.tv/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro


Samantha Jayne knows that life post-college isn’t as glamorous as all undergrads think it’s going to be… because she’s currently living it. A graphic artist, Sam started creating doodles and funny poems about her life as a 25-year-old. And when she decided to put them on Instagram, the captions were full of other people tagging friends and saying, “This is literally us.” At a time where it seems like everyone around you is getting married, making more money than you do, and paying off their student loans, Sam’s poetry captures the voice of millennials everywhere who know that being in your 20s can sometimes be the exact opposite of “the best years of your life.”


Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke and Hangry is a poetry book that captures perfectly the minds of people of any age going through a similar situation out there in the grown up world. Readers can easily relate to one, two, or all of the poems, and their funny illustrations that go from a bad apartment to Friday nights in sweatpants. Events like these ones, is what readers will find in this humorous book of the Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke and Hangry.

The book is categorized in the different struggles of life such as routines, money, food, social life, and more. Each struggle has several poems and an illustration to go with it to exemplify the words in a comical way. They express the struggles one goes through after college, like trying to find the dream job, dealing with people, and even trying to stay fit. What author Samantha Jayne didn’t expect was to have other people relate to her day-to-day life experiences.

I really liked the poems, they’re short and sarcastic, and their illustrations are simple and cute. Some of the things that the author talks about I can definitely relate to, like getting all excited when receiving mail to find out it’s all bills.  

“A tragic part of postgrad life is no student ID. It was my golden ticket to getting s**t free.”

All in all, Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke and Hangry is the perfect book for a quick read and a good time. Especially, when you realize you’re not the only one out there going to a quarter life crisis.