Title: The Adulting Manual
Author: Milly Smith
Illustrator: Katie Abey
Publisher: Studio Press
Genre: Non-fiction, Activity, Self-help, Mental Heath
Book format: Paperback
Description: Ever been in the situation where you’re looking for the adult in the room, and you realise YOU are the adult?
There’s adulting, and there’s adulting for the messy mind. Like a GPS to help you navigate life, Milly Smith, mental health and body acceptance advocate, is here to guide you on the way.
Read, write, colour, draw and doodle your way through this interactive manual. From mindfulness and mental health, to sex, self-love and everything in between, you’ll find a safe space within these pages.
Plus there are stickers. Because adults deserve stikers too.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such a brilliant book for all adults out there, especially if, like me, you’ve sometimes felt like you don’t know what you’re doing in adult life! ‘The Adulting Manual’ is, as the name suggests, a manual to help guide you on how to be an adult, because we don’t just grow up out of our teens and know what we should be doing. The book is about A5ish in size and is filled with thick and colourful pages which not only contain text but lots of images and places for you to jot things down or colour things in too.
The book is separated into chapters such as body image, mental health, how to do stuff, social media, sex, and mindfulness. Every chapter is different but all focus on making you feel positive about yourself and learning how to cope and do things with some easy steps. I really like the way this book looks. Every page is colourful and filled with fun images and a fun to read bits of text. There are no large paragraphs of writing, each bit of text gets straight to the point, and each page makes space for you to add little notes, doodles or some colouring-in to help you in your journey of adult life.
You don’t have to read this book in order, you can dip in and out of each section as you want, but what you do get is something positive on every page and I love the way the author makes you feel good about yourself, no matter how good you feel at accomplishing things in life. In chapters like mental health or body image there are tips on how to feel good about yourself, what to think of as achievements and you’re even made to feel good for just doing the normal every day things in life like getting ready in the morning. While in chapters like social media, how to do stuff and sex you get some helpful advice on things like online bullying, money struggles and the importance of consent.
This book is fun to read but also great to be able to come back to again and again and I love the way I’ve managed to feel better about myself and my own achievements just by reading this and filling in some of the pages. Nobody suddenly knows how to be an adult and do adult things the moment they become eighteen but this book does a lot in helping you to feel like you’re achieving something and just feeling good about yourself (I think I’ve said that three times now 😀 ).
There are some swear words used in the book, a few uses of the f and s swear words, with even a page dedicated to colouring in some swear words! There is also a chapter about sex which covers questions about sex as well as masturbation, which might make some readers unconfortable although these topics are covered in a positive way. It also goes into detail about what consent is and what to do in case of rape, although there is no need to read any chapters that you don’t want to. That’s what I love about this book, the ease which you can dip in and out of it as and when you need to.
The illustrations and fun images used throughout the book really make it so fun to read. In almost all the pages is an illustration of the author too which makes everything she says more fun to read. Apart from some great opportunities to doodle and colour in (there’s a double page of colouring-in which I’m currently working on!), there are some fun stickers at the back of this book too, as well as some cards that can be used when you need them. The pages are very thick and matt so colouring in is not a problem with this book and I think felt pens would work, although I have only tried pencils which do work well on the pages.
The fun style of all the images and the way everything looks just makes me want to smile after reading and working through this manual. I feel so much better about myself and where I am in life after working thorugh this book and it’ll be good to dip back into this in future as and when I need to. There’s no secret to being an adult, and many of us can often feel so lost when it comes to doing things in life, but this book really does help you feel better about yourself, and I would recommend it for anyone who feels like they need a bit of a boost in their life. It’s also got a beautiful copper foil shiny cover on the front, which just looks so pretty!
What do you think of this book? Do you feel like you need a manual to help you navigate adult life? What sort of self-help books do you like? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂