Today I’m excited to share a book review on a debut novel by author Alison Lea Sher called The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World.
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Thoroughly researched and interviewed, this story certainly has it’s roots coming from a combination of knowledge and personal experience. I didn’t agree with everything the author said but I appreciated reading what she had to say. It’s interesting to me that millennials are people that are currently 18-38 and although we are discussed as a whole, I personally believe there is a divide between the young and mature millennials. My 32 year old sister (born in 1985) is one of my favorite people on the planet and I assure you that she is not the same millennial as those born in 1995 that are 22. It’s interesting to me that a 20 year span of individuals are lumped together and studied as a whole because I truly think that an 18 year-old today is drastically different and has dramatically different experiences than someone that is 38 years old. Perhaps it’s because they’re at different stages of their lives, but those that are on the young end of the age spectrum have fully grown up in the digital age, whereas people in their late 20s and early 30s were at the cusp of the digital age during adolescence which has taken on different roles and levels of importance in one’s life.
My only disappointment with the book was that I wished there were more recommendations in each chapter of the book on how to take actions to create change. I felt inspired while reading but the book didn’t have many tangible ideas on how to take steps to change the world. One of the biggest takeaways from the book is the idea that you have to work from within yourself before you can try to take on the responsibility of changing the world. Together, if we each do our part, we can begin to change the world, together. How we’re going to do that, I’m a bit unclear on, but I certainly appreciate the sentiment and mindset. Despite not having actionable steps I was inspired by Alison’s novel and I enjoyed reading the different personal anecdotes she included throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in feeling inspired, regardless if you’re a millennial or not.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.
About the Book
Author: Alison Lea Sher, Founder of Millennial, Inc.
Released: May 1, 2018
Book Blurb: A guide and blueprint to a purposeful millennial existence–and how we can make a difference. What does it mean to be a millennial in this chaotic world? Beyond Snapchat and Tinder, the consumerist culture we’ve inherited, and quarter-life crises, can a millennial aspire to more?
Alison Lea Sher argues, yes, we can! Packing herself up in an RV, Sher embarks on a road trip in hopes of starting a conversation about what it means to grow up in America, post-Great Recession. Interviewing 150 of her millennial peers as they begin their adult lives–from kids heading straight to Wall Street after college to those sleeping on it–Sher asks: “Who are you; what should you do; and how can you step into your destiny as a stakeholder in society?”
The Millennial’s Guide to the Universe is a one-of-a-kind ethnographic study on the spotlighted millennial generation, as told by millennials–the largest generation in US history that is now transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. As millennials embark on a young adult quest during a frightening time, how can they enlist the idealism, values, and resistance politics they are so well-known for to discover a sense of self and purpose? Learn how to: “Adult”–and not in the way society defines it Ride the technology revolution, instead of letting it ride you Be ethical, inclusive, and sex-positive in your relationships Resist the corporate oligarchy we live in Recognize privilege, embrace diversity, and fight for equality Save the earth, literally With intimate stories, ethnographic research, and practical tips, The Millennial’s Guide to the Universe will inspire every young person, showing them how to optimize their coming-of-age potential in a world that desperately needs it.
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