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The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World: A New Generation’s Handbook to Being Yourself and Living with Purpose Review


A guide and blueprint to a purposeful millennial existence―and how we can make a difference.

What does it mean to be a millennial in this chaotic world? Beyond Snapchat and Tinder, the consumerist culture we’ve inherited, and quarter-life crises, can a millennial aspire to more?

Alison Lea Sher argues, yes, we can! Packing herself up in an RV, Sher embarks on a road trip in hopes of starting a conversation about what it means to grow up in America, post-Great Recession. Interviewing 150 of her millennial peers as they begin their adult lives―from kids heading straight to Wall Street after college to those sleeping on it―Sher asks: “Who are you; what should you do; and how can you step into your destiny as a stakeholder in society?”

The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World is a one-of-a-kind ethnographic study on the spotlighted millennial generation, as told by millennials―the largest generation in US history that is now transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. As millennials embark on a young adult quest during a frightening time, how can they enlist the idealism, values, and resistance politics they are so well-known for to discover a sense of self and purpose? Learn how to:

  • “Adult”―and not in the way society defines it
  • Ride the technology revolution, instead of letting it ride you
  • Be ethical, inclusive, and sex-positive in your relationships
  • Resist the corporate oligarchy we live in
  • Recognize privilege, embrace diversity, and fight for equality
  • Save the earth, literally

With intimate stories, ethnographic research, and practical tips, The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World will inspire every young person, showing them how to optimize their coming-of-age potential in a world that desperately needs it.

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the Author, Alison Lea Sher, via BrandBacker for an honest review without compensation.
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Self Improvement, Social Science
Publication date: 05/08/2018
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I am very excited to have this opportunity and greatly enjoyed this book. This is something I normally do not pick up but felt I should due to what the description of the book is and inquire about writing a review since this seemed like a great topic to put my toes into. A main theme I kept feeling through this entire book is: we are not alone in this.

This book reads very well which is a major plus and has enough substance during the beginning to have me turning pages until the book had ended. It was a breath of fresh air reading and knowing that someone had put my words and every millennial’s into a well-organized book that talked about some hard stuff we all have faced. I know I have and felt the same way Sher did when she graduated. This feeling was horrible and the crippling stress I felt and every millennial feels is very real yet the older generations disapprove of us. Connecting to what Sher was saying was very easy as my generation has been through what she is talking about and a lot of us still going through it while trying to juggle a couple of side hustles and landing that career job that your degree is in. Looking at myself I even have a couple side hustles before I landed my current professional corporate job and I am still got some of these hustles because that past pain of the struggle has me reeling on the anxiety and stress of what if this isn’t enough?

This happens to be the same struggle I hear most of my friends say that Sher so delicately put with a sense of action that was so powerful, insightful and meaningful to take these opportunities that arise for the millennial generation, myself included, that need a little help illuminating the path. This is not just for the millennial but for the older generations like the Baby Boomers and the Baby Bust Generation to better understand the millennial.

However, I am looking into this book as a Millennial whom has reached her success but whom craves more. I’m reading the other stories has humbled me into thinking.. No knowing I am not alone. The Simple mentioning of things I know like Earthships made me excited because one day I would love to own one or build one like a Earthship as the concept is so fascinating to me. I know like this story of soul searching is something I went through for a period of time while a lot of my friends are still doing this. Finding who they are..

As I progressed through the book its like Sher stories rang a deep chord within me like almost sitting down with a therapist or discussing with a very close friend. While also discussing from an organizational standpoint the resources and concepts that we can use as a learning or objective guide to learn about this generation and where we come from but we are not lazy in any sense. Sher speaks of the quarter life crisis which I have gone through, and as Sher so gently put it the options for my life to go was endless where I could of stayed a teenage who was engaged then had a family, the superstore employee or working in retail till I became a manager which none was something I wanted until I reached certain milestones like graduating from college, finding someone I can truly be happy with and whom supports me and I that person then being financially stable with a career job be it with or without a degree. These decisions was something that powered me through high school and the first two years of college.

I know a lot of kids my age were on Ritalin while I was not. A entire chapter was on this so I felt a disconnect yet I also saw a light into a darken cave that I did not know about. This giving myself and anyone else a good understanding of what this impacted the children who are now adults with careers, family or trying to recapture a missed childhood that never was.

Final Thoughts:

This book was a pleasing experience where I felt enlightened and experience of growth once I had put this book down. I highly recommend this for generations to come before and after the millennial because it is a wonderful breath of fresh air to the honest truth behind Sher’s words whom need reassurance and hope along with the ones who need the insightful read. I can happily give it 3.5 stars due to the fact I disconnected and very bobbled down by terms like I was readying a book for class. It could help anyone who read it to understand the Millennial struggle but it just wasn’t a book for me although I am in the demographic the book speaks of.

3.5 Star

About The Authors


Alison Lea Sher is a journalist, biographer, creative writer, and millennial expert. She collaborates with companies across the US, pioneering socially-minded startups and nonprofits by aligning their initiatives with millennial perspectives. She is the editor-in-chief of Best Chefs America, and her articles can be found in places like The Huffington Post and the City Paper. In her spare time, Alison records avant-garde poetry albums about life, death, and preservation and the pursuit for political, interpersonal, and psychological liberation. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.

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