One in a Millennial: On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting In

St. Martin’s. Jan. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781250285126. $30. MEMOIR
Pop-culture guru Kennedy (Twinkle, Twinkle, Social Media Star), host of the podcast Be There in Five, delivers a nostalgic look at what it was like growing up as a millennial girl in the 1990s and as a young woman in the early 2000s. Throwbacks to sleepovers in trundle beds, boy band lyrics, Spice Girl mania, and more are all incorporated into this book that will have readers laughing and crying in turns. Her narrative reads like a conversation between close friends, and the topics she explores get deeper as the book progresses. She discusses at length the perceived need to seek external validation, which was a prevalent message to girls growing up during that time period. She examines how that has impacted her and women today. Her descriptions of her own experiences challenge readers to celebrate who they are as individuals, even if they have interests that some in society look down upon.
VERDICT Millennial patrons will love this title, but so will pop culture followers and fans of nostalgia and humor.
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