Title: Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)
Author: Arden Rose
Publisher: HarperCollins
4/5 stars
By DANA TETENBURG

 

This book is for those of us who still burn the popcorn, don’t know when the electric bill is due, and who never quite learned how to calculate the tip in their heads. Cheers to the almost adults.

Quirky, humorous, and glazed with baby blue binding and adorable illustrations, Arden Rose’s Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) explores what it means to be an adult, if it means anything at all.

The opening chapter Let’s Get It Started In Here takes the premise of a physical application form people fill out and submit in order to be accepted into adulthood, however the chapter descends into a flurry of broken sentences demonstrating the well-known distress attached to being in your 20s.

From then on, the book utilises the passionate and fresh perspective of an actual millennial to cover a lot of important topics – emotions and mental health, self love, online friendships and dating, body image, and sex positivity. With each, Rose offers anecdotes that make you laugh, cry, or yell “SAAAAAAME!”, as well as a few concluding words of wisdom to help you take a deep breath and reassess your life.

Truth be told, some parts do read like a plain and simple memoir, with a few chapters in the second half of the book focusing on anecdotes very personal to the author, such as her disordered eating and dad’s illness, and then concluding with mediocre generalised advice. Furthermore, some of the points discussed and almost-rants that Rose carries out are already familiar to the millennial generation that the book targets, failing to provide anything new. This does kind of throw the whole point of the book as a cute adulting self-help guide off guard, however it’s still a good read, and provides an interesting inside scoop for those who are already fans of the author as an internet personality.

The common retort to the book is that it’s written by someone who makes YouTube videos for a living and therefore they must know nothing about nothing. However, I found this to help the book be more credible. Rose is at the peak of relatability, with her incredible wit and willingness to be open. Yes, some parts were more or less diary entries, but Rose discussed the matters in a way where you can tell she wants to be talking about them, and wants to provide her 2 cents in the hope that it will make you 2 cents richer.

It’s not all you need to know to get it together, as the second part of the book’s title claims, but it’s got some serious gems in there. Whether they are helpful to you or not is probably all just personal – but the main thing is that it reassures you there is someone out there who is going through similar or the exact same things that you are. And in your 20s, when you are almost adulting, to be reassured that you are not alone is one of the best things in the world.

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