I’d like to predicate this review by saying that I’m not the type of girl that watches or reads lifestyle blogs from people I don’t know and never will. Therefore, it’s probably a good thing that I didn’t realize Arden Rose, the author of Almost Adulting, made her name as a YouTube vlogger. However, having just finished the book, I can understand why she is such a popular vlogger, even though I cringe to use that word. She’s personable. I felt like I was talking to an older sister (which I’ve never had, by the way) while reading this book. It was short and sweet and to the point. In fact, the book touched on a lot of issues that self-help books for young adults skirt around.
That being said, this book is for people in college and beyond. Maybe high school. Arden Rose knows her audience, has curated it for years, and this book really plays to that audience. It deals with issues like decorating your apartment, on a budget, mental health issues, sex, relationships, social media, and general anxiety about becoming a capital a Adult.
I was genuinely really pleased with this book, and I recommend it to all our readers who are a little wary of this approaching adulthood and wish they had an older sister to talk to about life. Arden Rose is pretty open in this book about two subjects that I think are important to talk about, but often don’t get traction in self-help books or books for burgeoning adults: sex and mental health. Rose holds no punches on these topics, talking in depth about her own experiences and how they taught her to be more comfortable with her body and her own mental health and some real moments of crisis in her life, most especially her battle with OCD and trichotillomania. If these ideas make you uncomfortable, go ahead and skip those chapters, but I think they’re important for young women to read. It’s important for young women to feel comfortable with their body and what they do or do not want to do with it and it’s important for mental health to be de-stigmatized and discussed. This book handles both of this issues with ease and with the attitude of an older sister or cousin who told you about the real birds and bees when your parents wouldn’t budge on the topic.
One of the biggest problems I have with “self-help” and “guidance” books is that the author is really in no shape to be giving thousands of random strangers life advice. Okay, you were successful in this path, but you’re 40 and the world is changing. You’re a life coach? Sounds fake, but OK. This book drops those pretenses. Arden Rose is very open about the fact that she is still young and learning herself, but she’s willing to share her life so far, including the not so pretty details, like dealing with some serious mental health issues and her father’s cancer diagnosis. She doesn’t use these examples or her fame on the internet to put herself on a pedestal and give advice to the masses. Instead, she uses that to show that she is part of those masses and while she can share her life advice because she has this great platform to do so, it isn’t the last word on the subject.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh and feel comfortable with where your life is, even if ten minutes ago you were panicking about becoming an adult, look no further. I may be freaked out by the ideas of lifestyle vloggers, but this one has won me over.