Y’all I’ve been in a reading slump. I’m sure can tell. My well of reviews dried up. Luckily, Gabbie Hanna released her book of poetry recently and that got be back in the reading mindset. So, I’m back. I think it’s safe to say I have Adultolescence to thank for that.
Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna
Rating: 4/5 Stars
From Teen Choice Award-nominated comedian and vlogger Gabbie Hanna, known on YouTube as The Gabbie Show, an astounding debut poetry collection that captures the essence of what it means to come of age in today’s world.
Full of confessional, whimsical, and darkly humorous observations about life, love, and the early years of adulthood, this collection of over 150 poems, each illustrated by Gabbie herself, will introduce you to the unique point of view of one of the internet’s most remarkable voices.
Over summer I became a little bit obsessed with books of poetry. So, when I heard about Gabbie Hanna’s book Adultolescence I was excited yet hesitant. Don’t get me wrong I love Gabbie Hanna (The Gabbie Show on all social media) but there’s a certain stigma surrounding YouTuber’s books. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book.
I went into this book expecting something different. I was thinking along the lines of Rupi Kaur. Yet, that’s not really what I got. Instead I got an insight into Gabbie Hanna’s head. With every poem I could hear her voice and that really impressed me.
Sometimes poetry can be a little over the top. It can remind a person of being angsty in middle school. But, Gabbie really leans into that. She’s got hard hitting and emotional poems. Yet she offsets that with her sense of humor and unique voice. It can be difficult for writers to truly find their voice. Yet, Gabbie excelled at it.
This book truly seemed like it is a physical embodiment of Gabbie’s public and private life. There’s hope, worry, humor, darkness, and light all told with a different flair. The illustrations throughout the book were not only aesthetically pleasing they were characters in the book. The added to the story rather than merely being representations of the poems.
Overall, I really enjoyed this collection of poems. I’m excited to see more from Gabbie in this realm. I think that her voice is one that should be heard and I’m eager to hear more.