101 Things Young Adult Should Know by John Hawkins // Useful, but Have Too Much Personal Bias


101 Things Young Adult Should Know

by John Hawkins


Published April 18th 2017 by Greenleaf Book Group Press


Practical Advice for Living in the Real World

John Hawkins’s book 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know is filled with lessons that newly minted adults need in order to get the most out of life. Gleaned from a lifetime of trial, error, and writing it down, Hawkins provides advice everyone can benefit from in short, digestible chapters. Readers of this engagingly conversational and informative book will take away practical, achievable advice they can implement immediately. Hawkins provides anecdotes gleaned from his own life and from the lives of people he knows to counsel a young audience without patronizing them. Each of the 101 chapters is thoughtfully structured, and doses of humor lighten some of the heavier advice. Hawkins’ heartfelt but practical counsel will be useful not only to new adults but to their parents as well.


101 Things Young Adult Should Know is a collection of 101 things ya should know (duh) based on the author’s personal experience. It has some really useful tips, like how to make impression (metal business card is the answer!) and how to loosen things when you don’t know where to twist it (lefty loosey righty tighty). I also really like the tone the author use, it’s not like parents lecturing their children. It’s more like older friend sharing their life experience with you. It might feel patronizing sometimes, but overall the tone worked for me. I also really like the anecdotes he used in his story, very real and relateable.

The thing is, for some lessons, I can feel the “white, cis het priviliged male” practically oozing out of my phone (ebook reader here). And it’s a very alarming feeling. I mean, advising “man to embrace masculinity and female to embrace feminimity?” If a man can’t accept me for who I am, then I don’t need a man like that. Also, there are a lot of advice here that basically said “work hard, even if that means you have to start from the bottom of the chain, it will take years and you will succeed”. It’s the basic essence of the American dream, yes, but it doesn’t work like that for everyone, especially for someone who’s really poor that they can’t afford education. I’ve seen so many talented people, but because they’re very poor, no matter how hard they work (taking 3 jobs while trying to be at school, if that’s not hardwork then I don’t know what is) they never succeed because people look at their background and connection. It’s not that simple to be successful. Not everyone is priviliged to education and help from their government, because frankly, our government sucks at helping. Same goes with travelling and saving. When you have no money to spare, it’s not their fault they can’t “save” or “gain new experience through travelling”. During these lessons, it seems like the author is unsympathetic to other people lives and situations.

In case you’re curious: I immediately googled the author while reading it, directly after the embracing feminimity and masculinity, and apparently he’s a conservative and right-wing blogger. I’ve read some of his articles, and tbh….


I disagree with his writing and ideas. All of it. And they actually match the feeling I got from some of his advice, so… let’s just say I decided to continue by pretending I didn’t search for the author AT ALL. I’m curious about his other advice.

101 Things Young Adult Should Know has a lot of important advice, not only for young adults, but adults as well. It has a lot of interesting stories and anecdotes that corresponds to the lessons. The thing is, some of the advice are filled with personal bias and unsympathetic to various readers condition. This might motivate you, but it can also annoy you.


3 thoughts on “101 Things Young Adult Should Know by John Hawkins // Useful, but Have Too Much Personal Bias

  1. Some of this sounds okay, but other parts make me feel like I’d just be shaking my head at his writing as I read it. And I like how casually you dropped that you read it on an e-book (GASP), where’s the old fashioned novel at?

    Little Moon Elephant


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