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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
If you’ve ever wondered if leggings are pants, how to label the psychological process that occurs inside the corridors of IKEA, or whether you’re capable of becoming a full-blooded grownup, then Adulting may hold the answers you need.
Trained journalist Kelly Williams Brown readily admits her familiarity with overdrafts, crusty dishes and that pervasive feeling that one’s exterior veneer of capability is all a sham, but she doesn’t let it get her down. Instead, she gets answers, m ...more
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 groundbreaki...more
Williams covers 468 steps for adulting in 11 chapters, and each chapter is dedicated to a specific topic. Her advice is useful and sensible and the book is amusing. Williams intersperses her advice with illust ...more
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 resourc ...more
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 ...more
Studies show it’s taking young people longer to grow up and assume adult responsibilities than it did in the past. Pseudo grownups reel when their parents offer advice or make the comparison that begins, “When I was your age, I . . .”
Well, we’re not and the surest way to turn off our offspring is to start a conversation like this. Instead, wrap up a copy of “Adulting, How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps,” or leave the ...more
I love Kelly and I want to be her new best friend. Barring that, I think I will just buy myself a copy of this book, and buy one for my siblings as they grow up and move out on the ...more
If you need a little help when transitioning into being an adult I highly recommend this novel because it helps relive some "not knowing" anxiety and helps organize your always thinking mind.
Each step has a great piece of advice from a good chicken soup recipe all the way down to budgeting and how to smile and wave at that relative that you hate.
Pick this up if you need some help organizing your l ...more
The audience is pretty clearly the 21-to-27-year-old ...more
- Many of the tips were things I already know or already do or have done. This was comforting to me, not a waste at all to read.
- Ms. Brown's writing is very relate-able, and funny as well.
- There were also many tips that I learned from. Things I have no ...more
The subtitle of the book is “How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.” This is not a joke. This book really does contain 468 things people could (and frequently should) do in adult-world. 468 is a lot of steps. This seems inti ...more
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This is what it all boils down to. Listen when they bitch. Tell them they'll be okay. Go over and check in on their cat when they're on vacation. Call them on their birthday, or better yet bake a cake in the shape of their initial. Keep their secrets. Treat them like what they are--the rare person in this world who gives a fuck about you not because they have to, but because they want to. Give a fuck about them.”