One in a Millennial
On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting In
by Kate Kennedy
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Pub Date 23 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 06 Feb 2024
From pop culture podcaster and a voice of a generation, Kate Kennedy, a celebration of the millennial zeitgeist
One In a Millennial is an exploration of pop culture, nostalgia, the millennial zeitgeist, and the life lessons learned (for better and for worse) from coming of age as a member of a much-maligned generation.
Kate is a pop culture commentator and host of the popular millennial-focused podcast Be There in Five. Part-funny, part-serious, Kate navigates the complicated nature of celebrating and criticizing the culture that shaped her as a woman, while arguing that great depths can come from surface-level interests.
With her trademark style and vulnerability, One In a Millennial is sharp, hilarious, and heartwarming all at once. She tackles AOL Instant Messenger, purity culture, American Girl Dolls, going out tops, Spice Girl feminism, her feelings about millennial motherhood, and more. Kate’s laugh-out-loud asides and keen observations will have you nodding your head and maybe even tearing up.
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This was such a fun read! It was like talking with my childhood best friend. Kate has so much humor and personality, I'm definitely going to check out her podcast after reading One In Millennial. This book was meant for 90's babies who are now in their 30's but still love Lisa Frank and have a 90's Playlist that they still shamelessly blast.
Excellent. Kate Kennedy is the voice of our generation and I'm here for every word! The way she so eloquently puts words to our shared experience of growing up in a time of mixed CDs and American girls is exactly what I look for in a trip down memory lane!
I love Kate’s podcast so it’s not surprising that I love her book. She writes just like she talks, so it’s a fast-paced, pun-filled, almost-but-not-quite unhinged delight. Her book validates the “basic” among us, and explores the experience of millennial women, and since it’s written by one of us, it rings true and lacks condescension. I particularly recommend this book to the seventeen magazine, one tree hill, Taylor swift loving millennial girls girls.
As a millennial myself, albeit one with quite different life experiences than the author, I really enjoyed this book. While it is wordy at times, the word play and references (esp all the Taylor Swift lyrics) truly delighted me. Though I am a bit younger, am the eldest child to the author’s youngest, am short and fat compared to the author’s “plain and tall,” and was raised in California compared to the author’s Virginia, we still both were part of the same shared straight, cis middle-class white girl culture and liked many of the same things, from Limited Too to Spice Girls to boy bands, and who can forget the Forever 21 going out top. What’s more, the way she connected her past interests to her current musings on feminism, equality, and becoming an adult in American society were pretty insightful. The author knows that she represents just one type of lived experience and expresses that clearly. For me, the first sections of the book were perhaps the most fun to read, as chock-full of said references as they were, but I did also enjoy reading about her path to motherhood and her take on the “love-marriage-baby carriage pipeline” in the latter section as well. She doesn’t speak for every millennial, but I’ll take Kate Kennedy over Hannah Horvath any day (not a reference she makes, though she does appear to watch HBO, as she did give us Sex & the City allusions). I loved it, 5 stars from me.