January is already a time to feel terrible about yourself, with everyone around you promising to make themselves better in this or that way over the next year. If you aren't deep enough into self-loathing yet, we've got just the thing for you.

One of the hardest things a person can do is complete a great novel. We feel like it's up there with scaling Everest and sleeping with your friend's hot mom. There are a handful of gifted authors who were able to finish writing one before they were 30 years old. Sure, these authors were generally alcoholics, suicidal, or had terrible personal relationships (and sometimes all three), but they completed a novel before they turned 30, so what do you expect?

Whether it lights a fire under your lazy ass or sends you further into existential despair, we present you The 25 Best Novels Written by Writers Under 30.

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Written by Brenden Gallagher (@muddycreekU)

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