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Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort of)

Review

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort of)

ALMOST ADULTING is a candid conversation about emerging adulthood and the transition toward a life of complete and utter independence. With over one million Youtube subscribers, Arden Rose’s life is already well documented. ALMOST ADULTING gives the reader a more exclusive look into Arden’s past as well as tips for the reader’s own future. The book includes a mix of essays, lists and artwork relevant to the tips and anecdotes that Arden shares.

Before reading ALMOST ADULTING I had never watched any of Arden’s videos so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I found her voice really interesting and easy to read. It feels like the reader is simply having a conversation with her about her life as she shares personal advice for the future. I was able to finish the book in a couple of hours because it was such a light and fast read. I appreciated this style as it matched the subject matter really well and made some more serious topics seem casual.

"I found [Arden's] voice really interesting and easy to read. It feels like the reader is simply having a conversation with her..."

The aspect of the book that I thought really developed it was the addition of humor. Arden was able to take her mistakes and turn them into funny anecdotes. Through these stories, she is also able to teach some life lessons to herself as well as the reader. This is another way that the book is able to take certain serious topics such as long distance relationships and paying bills and turn them into much more upbeat subjects.

Although ALMOST ADULTING was fun to read, I did have some problems with it. The book is pitched as a self-help book but it is honestly more of Arden’s personal account of her life and tips from what she has learned. If you are looking for a more general self-help book, I wouldn’t recommend this one. Although it is a lighthearted read, it does not give effective and easy to follow advice. I felt like a lot of the tips were restating things I already knew and expected about the transition to adulthood. Arden also became a little repetitive with her advice and the topics she covered throughout the novel. Honestly, her take on adulthood is entertaining and definitely worth looking into for a casual read. However, it is not the best book to pick up for professional self-help within the various areas she discusses.

Overall ALMOST ADULTING does not stand out to me as one of the best books I have ever read, but it was definitely worthwhile as a simple and fun read. Sometimes it is just nice to escape with a book that is easy to follow regardless of the subject matter. For me, this book was a perfect example of that scenario. The writing style and language used throughout ALMOST ADULTING also allow it to be an effective book for casual reading.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light and fun read that he or she does not really need to invest a lot of time or brain power into. It is the epitome of a perfect beach read. Don’t go into it with the goal of unlocking the deep dark secrets of adulthood, because you won’t. Instead go into it with the goal of having a fun and relaxing reading experience. I can guarantee any young adult reader will have that with ALMOST ADULTING.

Reviewed by Danielle F., Teen Board Member on April 9, 2018

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort of)
by Arden Rose