This book and I have a complicated relationship. That means this will be a long review but enjoyable to write. I Found a review for this book back in 2013 this book sounded like the kind of self help book I as a 22 year old trying to learn how to be independent needed so I borrowed this book from a library in September 2013, I got to page 108 before I had to return it to the library. I then put it on my christmas list and after a two month hiatus got the book. I continued reading in July of 2014. For those of you keeping tract I started in September 2013 then waited two months to get the book for christmas then waited another seven months to get back into seriously reading it. This book is not one you sit and read and review in a days time if you are one who is used to fiction, fantasy, and fast paste worlds. This is literally a self help your suppose to pick it up, flip to the section you need help in, and then put it back down. I wanted to read it from cover to end to be able to review it thoroughly.
This book is not a life saver it has its flaws. It doesn't in any compaction delve into mental health, it mentions it in the abstract “if your dating someone you should tell them” way but not in a “if you have anxiety this is how you deal with this”. Seeing as this book is not a self help on mental illness I can understand why it is worded the way it is but the issue comes at the segment “times were tough” in which the author writes on how to get though emergency situations the first is to remain cool. This is good advice for people who don't have anxiety. There are also other things such as how to be okay with being on your own again great for people who can in fact do so not so great for those of us who need at least one person around to feel sane and thus inlines one of the key issues with the book.
This book is aimed at able bodied, able minded, females. Nothing wrong with that but it does make it harder to use as a self help book. Secondly it doesn't address Long distance relationships in any compactity. I feel not only is this a waste but it also makes the “love” section irrelevant to some if not most. Not everyone who is dating is doing it in person 24/7, 365 days, a year. I would have liked some insight into LDR with the relationship advice but also would have liked it if dealing with Families wasn't the last thing in the book as for some of us Family drama hits closer then say a romantic relationship does.
However for it's flaws “Adulating” does well as a pick it up and use as need guide to being a 20 something and an adult,while I didn't find all of it helpful right in the moment I know I'll be using it as intended as a reference book in the very near future. It took me a Year to finish but it does well with what it teaches.
My Rating: 3 of 5