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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

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If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it's OK. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it all begins with this fun
Paperback, 273 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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Val ⚓️ Shameless & Skanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads Mrs. Danvers-Tate-Snow
I picked this up as the "free" book in a B&N "Buy Two, Get Third Free" shamwow as it was the only thing left that looked even remotely interesting.

And I thought I would read it for entertainment value only.

Because we ALL know I got this whole adulting thing so fucking down it isn't even funny.


But I actually really ended up liking this thing.

For realz though.

How can you not love advice like this?


I love that part about jealously.

People say this so much: "Oh, it's okay Little Susie, they d
Whitney Atkinson
Jul 30, 2016 Whitney Atkinson rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This book was super entertaining! I really have few complaints about it, but the issue with the matter is that I read this book too soon. I assumed adulthood began at age 18 so this book would benefit me, but this is more geared toward college graduates and people trying to figure out their lives away from home. Therefore, I felt like half of the advice in this book went in one ear and out the other because I didn't have to think about stuff like that yet.

A lot of the advice in this book was a
Dawn Albright
Jun 06, 2013 Dawn Albright rated it it was amazing
I have a twenty something daughter, but I bought the book for myself. I am fifty, but I feel like I'm barely civilized. Seriously, it doesn't matter what the memo was, I am always feeling like I didn't get the memo. For example: I recently learned that you are supposed to take your car to the mechanic every 30K miles *before* it breaks down. Wow, what a life changer. I kept stopping people and saying "Did you know you can fix your car before it breaks?" and they all answered "Er, yes, I did." I ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Sophie rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings on this book. I wanted to love it, but mostly I just kept wishing it was written by Captain Awkward. (Sidenote: WHY HASN'T CAPTAIN AWKWARD WRITTEN A BOOK YET.) I've learned more about being an adult from that blog than from anything in this book.

I was actually enjoying this book a lot until I got to "Step 276: Keep an eye on weight gain." *insert scratching record noise* Wait, what? I thought I was reading a chill book and now it's going to fat-shame me? Especially after I
C.E. G
Apr 06, 2014 C.E. G rated it it was ok
At 26, I already have some good years of adulting under my belt, but there were still a few things I learned about from this book (e.g. pet insurance, house cleaning tips, emergency numbers you should have programmed into your phone). And I like the idea of adulting as a verb, and most of the interpersonal advice was solid.

However, it was written for a fairly particular audience - college-educated, middle class, gender-conforming, white, etc. Even though I fit a lot of those descriptors, I still
Bethany Larson
Originally posted here.

I really wish this book had been around when I graduated from college and that someone had bought it for me and said, “Here. This will help.”

Because, seriously, Adulting would have been a god-send to 22-year-old me.

Hell, it was helpful for 26-year-old me.

Though it shouldn’t necessarily be treated as a survival guide or a Bible or a the one-and-only book you consult when you need advice, Adulting is a great reference to have for everything from simple recipes to networking
Oct 13, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book got 3 stars because there was some helpful information in it and it was quite funny. However, this book champions one way of "adulting" that is very middle-class, North American, white collar professional. Not everyone wants or can aspire for this life. Upholding it as the correct way to adult (though there is a disclaimer at the beginning to pick and choose what steps to follow) is naive and excluding of many different sorts of people and lifestyles. I was hoping for this book to prov ...more
Laura Hughes
May 12, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it liked it
Shelves: advice
I'm a fan of Kelly Williams Brown's Adulting blog (, on which this book is based, but this is a case where I think the blog is better than the book. Life advice is best doled in small, dense nuggets rather than binged at once, and I can't pace myself with a book. I also think the random order in the blog works better, with heavy advice about family, relationship problems, and grieving interspersed with tips about the best way to clean your kitchen. It's a reminder that becoming ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Sabrina rated it really liked it
This is a cute and insightful book into what to expect and be prepared for when entering new adulthood. This book could provide helpful advice to almost anyone who is about to graduate from college (like me), trying to find their first career, living on their own for the first time, etc. It provides helpful advice on a plethora of topics from personal finance to friendships and familial relationships. While a reasonable amount of the book's steps did not apply to me, many of them did, or otherwi ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Cait rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, read-2013
While not quite as humorous as I was anticipating, Adulting is still an extremely useful book (one that would probably be better to own rather than borrow from the library like I did). Lots of useful tips, and, if you want to be annoying, lots of potential to annoy the "true" adults in your life: "Mom and Dad, what do you MEAN you don't dust the fridge's coils every month??!"
Nov 20, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
What prompted me to pick up Adulting when I've been complaining about the abundance of niche books that offer advice for 20-somethings with a quirky narrator? I don't know, but I'm glad I did.

I didn't have high hopes for Adulting, knowing that it's part of this particular genre that seems to be everywhere you look these days. But I was pleasantly surprised! Adulting doesn't take itself to seriously, and — the real kicker, here — puts its own spin on classic advice, while offering new tips as wel
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Dec 01, 2013 Melissa Lee-Tammeus rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
I didn't finish this book, so to review it is a bit unfair. But I did read up to about Step 63 and then I decided I was way over this book. After all, I have been "adulting" for 25 years plus now so I'm pretty sure I know I need certain cookware and that buying a lamp is a good purchase. I picked up this book thinking it would be a funny quirky book and it really tries to be, but mostly, it is one of those books you put in a care package for a first time apartment owner or a child leaving the ne ...more
Jan 03, 2016 sam rated it it was amazing
Let me say this short thing about me first. I'm a twenty-one woman who doesn't know what the fuck she is gonna do in her life. Since I was twenty, I didn't know what to do with it. This book cleared so many things. I still don't know what the fuck to do, but I have a start and I will seek more help along the way, this book taught me how. I started this book with zero expectations and came out with a lot of good advices and a lot of laughs at our true life.

Full review on my blog.
Jul 22, 2013 Fangfei rated it really liked it

A friend asked me, "What's the one-sentence takeaway of the book?" I made three attempts to answer:

Fake it until you make it.

Relax, being a responsible grown-up is easier than you're making it out to be in your head.

Imagine rude people as jellyfish and 401(k) as 401(koala).

This book is a very breezy read. The writing is never dull and the text is peppered with fun line drawings--including depictions of a mean-spirited jellyfish and, yes, a 401(koala).

While the content are nothing groundbreak

May 28, 2016 Erica rated it it was ok
I'll be honest, I skimmed the headers of each step. If it was something I didn't think was super obvious, I read the paragraph below. Overall I guess I was just expecting more out of this one. Expecting it to be... funnier, deeper, actually teach me something of a introspective nature if not a literal skill. It did not, it taught me all things I already knew. Maybe this is because I've already lived on my own (with roommates) before, and because my mother taught me how to be a decent, self-suffi ...more
Meghan Krogh
Aug 09, 2015 Meghan Krogh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Me right after college
I think if I were 10 years younger I'd have liked this book a lot more. That said, it's not like I've got adulting down to a routine yet, and a lot of what she described in here was a pretty decent distillation of how to interact with others and take care of your own business with tact and finesse. I may actually refer back to a few portions in the future.

Especially enjoyed the discussion questions at the end of each chapter and the 7 Dwarfs of Frienemies.
Aug 14, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ever, nonfic
Ugh, so great. I needed to read this, and I think the timing of reading this, Target opening in my city, and that thing that happened when I forgot to wash my dishes, I'm ready to get some #Adulting back in my life. She explains stuff I didn't know I didn't know. So great. I may have to buy this (read a library copy).
I have a hot button that I have yet to identify which is making me bail on books.

I have bailed on this book, which I purchased at full retail price in a bookstore. It remains on my nightstand. I am a fan of Kelly William Brown's tumblr and was generally very excited about this book and every time I drop something, I clean it up, expressly because of her book. By every time, I mean 68%. This is an increase. Actually, it's more like 52%. That is an increase.

I would like to write a companion book c
Sarah Rice
Jun 12, 2013 Sarah Rice rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, nonfiction
this book is clearly geared toward readers (from middle to upper class backgrounds, but that's another story) in their early 20s. I am ten years past this phase in my life, but I still found plenty of nuggets of wisdom in this book - since I am immature in many ways, let's be honest here. If you are over the age of 25, you can probably skip the first half of this book (which includes stuff you hopefully learned before you went to college - basic cleaning, cooking, money skills). I found the part ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, read-2013
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Adulting is a must-read for anyone in their twenties! Author Kelly Williams Brown has penned an incredibly helpful how-to geared toward twenty-somethings who may be grown up but don’t always feel like it.

We all have gaps in our knowledge (I freely admit to being a dunce when it comes to car maintenance) and Adulting helps fill in the most necessary ones in 468 simply-stated steps. It’s an incredibly useful resou
Mar 23, 2016 Crizzle rated it it was ok
I actually thought this was going to be a humor book, based on the cover (gasp)! But it actually is a self-help type book and is written with a humorous, quirky voice. I would have rated it better had it not been so condoning of casual sex and drug use, boooo. If she hadn't given those things a "it's normal and everyone does it" sort of tone, I'd say this would be a great book to buy a graduating senior. Lots of good tips for clueless kids moving out... Some basics on how to cook, clean, do taxe ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Annie rated it liked it
This book was "cute". I'm not really sure why that's an insult but I do mean it in a negative fashion. Some of the information is relevant ie how to clean certain appliances/how to maintain good relations with crap relatives etc but most of it seemed so basic I got bored. I am by no means good at " adulting" but I felt like the author spent too much time discussing the merits of thank you notes and basic cooking. I guess I was looking for something a bit more in depth. The whole book felt like a ...more
May 05, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
From my vantage point of well over 35, this book would be an excellent gift for anyone venturing out into college graduate land or first apartmentville. Eventually these are the things that differentiate adults from kids, but the biggest one is the hardest and some people never get it. It's the one that says you begin to think about other people and not just yourself--really! If you can start with that one, the rest should become easier. Liked reading this because it is light in tone, really fun ...more
May 21, 2016 Jillian rated it did not like it
This book was literally written for the most absolutely lost young adults on the planet. Alternate title: guide to being a person. Helpful if you 1). Were raised by people who did not teach you anything/raised by wolves, 2). Don't know how to interact with other humans, 3). Are so incompetent that you need to know how to make sandwich or sweep a floor, 4). Did nothing but drink all through college and are now in a complete stupor and need help living. This could have been cute if it wasn't so ri ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
Really good book with 468 specific things one can do/learn to do in order to move more fully toward adulthood. Just as a wild guess, I'd say my score on these tasks is somewhere in the 300s. So still work to be done.
My young adults will probably also get a lot of good direction out of this book.
I'd give it 5 stars, except that I don't agree with the author's advice on sexuality. My standards are more conservative, so I just ignored those parts of the book. I'm going to say that being married fo
Mia  Bakhthiar
Oct 03, 2015 Mia Bakhthiar rated it really liked it
As far as self help books go, this is by far the best I've ever read. It isn't boring or preachy or impersonal. It's more like a guide from your older, wiser, and funnier sister who is showing you the ropes of life so you enjoy it to the best of your abilities.

It was funny and gave me a lot of heads-up about many things I've never even given any thought to. It was truly enlightening. I feel motivated and preppy. :)

I liked the book. I recommend it to anyone who is on the brink of, or in the mid
Jan 24, 2016 Louisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I really enjoyed this and am glad I read it! There were some tips that didn't apply to me (as was expected in a book covering so many topics) but I loved the content that was relevant to me. Kelly Williams Brown made it fun and informative, I would love to read more from her. Highly recommended to any 20-somethings out there, you are guaranteed to pick up some handy information!
Kelly Smith
Jan 23, 2016 Kelly Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: 100-self-help
Very underwhelmed to be honest. I felt like most of this was kind of common sense. Maybe I'm more mature than most people my age, or maybe I figured out this whole "adulting" thing without realizing it, but I didn't finish this book feeling like I'd learn much, if anything.

I will say there were some humorous moments that made this book a better read!
Jun 05, 2015 Beatrice rated it really liked it
This one helped me with a lot of anxieties I've been having lately about having to grow up... While a lot of it's information is still coming early for me, this is definitely one I'll be picking up intermittently over the coming years. Funny, too -- easier to bear that way, really.
Feb 23, 2016 J rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2016
Helpful in a lot of ways, but I could have done without all the swearing. The rap references were annoying as well.
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