One in a Millennial: On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting In
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
Praise for One in a Millennial: On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting In
"A perceptive personal meditation on the late 1990s and early 2000s pop culture that shaped her childhood... Kennedy provides memoir by way of cultural commentary, cleverly using her hybrid approach to highlight the ways in which trends and media popular during one’s formative years profoundly influence one’s identity. Told with wit and candor, this will strike a chord with Gen Yers."
— Publishers Weekly
"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...Millennial patrons will love this title, but so will pop culture followers and fans of nostalgia and humor."
— Library Journal
"In just 336 pages, Kennedy somehow became the voice of a generation—and we are the better for it."
— Marie Claire
"[A] hilariously relatable—and subversively smart—book that’s hard to put down...With silly stories that turn into omg insights, this is a nostalgia-filled romp—about American Girl dolls, the Spice Girls, and finding your place in a culture that has turned those born in the ‘80s and ‘90s into scapegoats. Finally, millennials get our due."
— Amazon Book Review
“Finally, a book that covers all things millennial from an actual millennial's viewpoint! Kate Kennedy's clever analyzation of an often critiqued generation is as witty as it is charming.”
—Brit & Co.
“Deliciously nostalgic and brain-tinglingly astute. Kate Kennedy has a Gilmore Girls-snappy voice, Taylor Swift-style emotional relatability, and a witty wisdom all her own. Thanks to this book, I’m actually proud to be in my millennial cringe era.”
— Amanda Montell, author of CULTISH and WORDSLUT
"Kate Kennedy is a champion of -- and among -- millennial women, and her debut book reinforces that there is depth to even the seemingly shallowest subjects. Kate has the rare gift of making everything interesting, and every page of this insightful, tender and hilarious collection feels like a late-night conversation with an old friend about things you were sure only you thought about. She is definitely a voice of this generation. I loved every single page of this book, and was devastated to find that, like all good things, it came to an end."
– Nora McInerny, author of BAD VIBES ONLY
"In today's digital age, where it can be challenging to keep up with rapid changes of everything happening around us, this book offers a fresh perspective from one millennial to another. What I find fascinating is that, amidst all of our diverse experiences, we all share the common thread of growing up navigating through these transformative years. This book is filled with vivid details, from Pentel's R.S.V.P. pens to Beatles’ songs performed by the Across the Universe cast that are more than just nostalgic, but provide opportunities to cultivate a multidimensional and nuanced approach to both cultural analysis and personal reflection, while also encouraging us to embrace the present and look ahead to the future."
– Morgan Harper Nichols, Artist and Author of WSJ Bestseller ALL ALONG YOU WERE BLOOMING
"Hilarious, brilliant, and relatable as hell, ONE IN A MILLENIAL establishes Kate Kennedy as a dazzling new voice for the millennial generation. In every fresh, insightful, and sneakily powerful essay, Kate excavates personal memories and pop culture moments by pinpointing exactly why they were so meaningful and formative. She allows women of all generations to celebrate our surface-level interests and not limit ourselves to the boxes society tries to put us in."
– Jenny Mollen, New York Times bestselling author