OK Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind

October 30, 2020
OK Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind

“If you want to understand why Americans are protesting in thestreets right now, read this book. OK Boomer, Let’s Talk blows thelid off the conversations about inequality and racism that lie atthe heart of our national divide.” —Jose Antonio Vargas, founder ofDefine American and author of Dear America: Notes of anUndocumented Citizen“Jill Filipovic cuts through the noise with characteristicclarity and nuance. Behind the meme is a thoughtfully reported bookthat greatly contributes to our understanding of generationalchange.” —Irin Carmon, coauthor of the New York Times bestsellerNotorious RBGBaby Boomers are the most prosperous generation in Americanhistory, but their kids are screwed. In this eye-opening book,journalist Jill Filipovic breaks down the massive problems facingMillennials including climate, money, housing, and healthcare.In Ok Boomer, Let’s Talk, journalist (and Millennial) JillFilipovic tells the definitive story of her generation—and it’s nojoke. Talking to gig workers, economists, policy makers, and dozensof struggling Millennials drowning in debt on a planet quiteliterally in flames, Filipovic paints a shocking and nuancedportrait of a generation being left behind:-Millennials are the most educated generation in Americanhistory—and also the most broke.-Millennials hold just 3 percent of American wealth. When they werethe same age, Boomers held 21 percent.-The average older Millennial has $15,000 in student loan debt. Theaverage Boomer at the same age? Just $2,300 in today’s dollars.-Millennials are paying almost 40 percent more for their firsthomes than Boomers did.-American families spend twice as much on healthcare now than theydid when Boomers were young parents.Filipovic shows that Millennials are not theavocado-toast-eating snowflakes of Boomer outrage fantasies. Butthey are the first American generation that will do worse thantheir parents. “OK, Boomer” isn’t just a sarcastic dismissal—it’s arecognition that Millennials are in crisis, and that Boomer voters,bankers, and policy makers are responsible. Filipovic goes beyondthe meme, upending dated assumptions with revelatory data andrevealing portraits of young people delaying adulthood to pay downdebt, obsessed with “wellness” because they can’t afford realhealthcare, and struggling to #hustle in the precarious gigeconomy.Ok Boomer, Let’s Talk is at once an explainer and an extendedolive branch that will finally allow these two generations to trulyunderstand each other.