Summary: Comedian Gabbie Hanna brings levity to the twists and turns of modern adulthood in this exhilarating debut collection of illustrated poetry.
In poems ranging from the singsong rhythms of children’s verses to a sophisticated confessional style, Gabbie explores what it means to feel like a kid and an adult all at once, revealing her own longings, obsessions, and insecurities along the way. Adultolescence announces the arrival of a brilliant new voice with a magical ability to connect through alienation, cut to the profound with internet slang, and detonate wickedly funny jokes between moments of existential dread. You’ll turn to the last page because you get her, and you’ll return to the first because she gets you.
Review: I have to preface this review and I don’t want any of you to get the wrong idea… I don’t like poetry. There, I said it. However, Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna really read more like short, rhythmic essays than a book of poetry. I mean, I didn’t realize I read the whole book, which is 248 pages, in an hour! That’s how good it was. Besides having witty, dark, and [hashtag] relatable poems, Hanna’s book had gorgeous illustrations that the author drew herself. This just means that Ms. Hanna is not only a really funny YouTuber but a talented writer and artist to boot. It may be unfair to the rest of us common folk, but it doesn’t make it any less true when talking about the brilliance that is Adultolescence. The only downside is that Amazon clearly had no care in getting the book to me because the cover is bent in ways this reviewer cannot describe. Other than that, it’s a beautiful, funny, insightful, and vivid look into the mind and talent of Gabbie Hanna, which I would recommend to anyone any day of the week. (Even if that someone doesn’t like poetry, such as myself.)
So it’s going to be a whopping 5 out of 5 stars for the very funny and talented work that is Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna (a.k.a. The Gabbie Show).