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

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  13,730 ratings  ·  1,541 reviews
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 Handmaiden ⚓️
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 don'
Dawn Albright
Jun 06, 2013 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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I thought this was going to be a tongue-in-cheek sort of book. It was not . . . . .

It's terrifying to think people (like there's a very good chance I'm raising two of them) might need the kind of sage advice presented here. Things like "jobs are good" and "so is toilet paper." Holy shit. Where's the Tylenol?
Whitney Atkinson
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-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
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I bought this a while ago thinking it might be a funny, quasi-informative collection of essays about the struggle of being adulting, but no, it is an actual step-by-step guide separated into various categories about how to "adult," ranging from things like setting boundaries with your parents to treating LGBT+ and people of color with respect to basic and easy recipes on what to cook alone.

I thought this book was fine. It would be a good
May 28, 2013 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 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
Jul 20, 2018 is currently reading it
Second update ? years later. Yes, the pandemic has happened and is still happening and time no longer has meaning

No, I am still not allowed to paint any walls, so I have made no further progress with this book. However, it turns out the author has found adulting rather tough too -- despite knowing how to paint walls. This is in no way a denigration of the author because, as we've all discovered, sometimes life just sucks for a while:


First progress update a
Jillian Vicinanza
May 17, 2016 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
May 14, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cleaning up my read shelves finally. There are so many physical books I have finished, but haven't had the urge to post reviews because I am a lazy person. Okay, back to this book.

I bought this about three or maybe four years ago. I have picked it up off and on throughout that time and have nothing more to say except this book is just a big old nope. I thought it would be funny or something. But the issue is that I can't believe that there are adults out there that need to be told to buy freaki
Nov 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Right now I honestly don't think I will bother finishing this book. I expected "Adulting" to be charming, witty, and full of good advice. In actuality it is pretentious, annoying, and sometimes has questionable advice. I read to page 113, but I did skip the cooking chapter for the most part. (I already like to cook so the majority of this advice was rudimentary in my case.) What I dislike the most about this book is that her advice is sometimes too specific in a way that it doesn't seem like she ...more
Oct 13, 2016 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
Bethany Erin
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
I liked the author's voice - she was easy and breezy but also serious and mature. However, one thing about this book bummed me out - she seemed to want people to be perfect! You were supposed to do all these things, and if you did you'd be an adult. The problem is, most adults don't do many of the things listed, and they're still responsible, contributing members of society. So if you're young and just starting out, take all these requirements with a grain of salt. ...more
Andi Mac ❀
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it

Decent manual for high school or college grads who are just starting to be independent adults. It’s a beginner’s guide to owning/maintaining a car, casual dating and relationships, friendships, work life, living with roommates, family problems, emergencies, and many more. Rest is pretty much straightforward and common sense.

Be aware that this was written by a 20-something year old, basing on her own experience. Unfortunately, I was not aware of that, so about 98% of this book is not new to me.
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Dec 01, 2013 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
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.
Jan 01, 2016 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
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great! As a person that is going through the ongoing crisis that is "adulthood" I found a lot of the tips helpful and look forward to implementing them. The tips that weren't as helpful to me were still fun to read because Brown's voice was so enjoyable to read from. I do think it's worth noting that I fit pretty squarely into the demographic she wrote for as I'm 22, been out of school for barely a year, have a white collar office job, and grew up middle class so maybe I was predisposed ...more
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
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
A lot of the practical advice on cooking, cleaning, etc. was totally appreciated. But for the most part, I wanted to throw this book across the room. The book starts off with kind of a disclaimer that not all of the advice given is going to be relevant to you, the reader, and boy, is that true. A lot of the life advice given is just too generalized and not applicable and some of it made me seethe in anger, like, how dare this stranger make assumptions about the kind of person I *should* be accor ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, own, gifts
It took me a full eight months to finish this book (more time than any fat tome with tiny print I've read), but not because it was dull or uninteresting - rather, Kelly Williams Brown's writing is something I enjoyed dipping into a bit at a time, every once in a while, for some solid advice and a good laugh. Of course, parts of the book were less useful to me than others (I've got cooking down pat, other bits less so), but that comes with the territory, and even the less useful bits were often e ...more
Feb 02, 2015 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 06, 2013 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??!" ...more
Melissa Stacy
On May 5, 2022, Vanity Fair published an article titled: "She Invented 'Adulting.' Her Life Fell Apart. She Wants You to Know That's Okay," a thoughtful bio piece about the author of the nonfiction book, "Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps," by Kelly Williams Brown, published in 2013.

I had never heard of Kelly Williams Brown before, or the book "Adulting," but I enjoyed the Vanity Fair article, so I decided to pick the book up from the library.

And oh my goodness, was I not
Ashlee Bree
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
What a fun, laugh-out-loud read full of practical and necessary tidbits about what being an adult truly means. Like how we should stop enjoying things "ironically" and simply enjoy them. (Kudos to me for being wholly, completely unapologetic about my nerd status already. Got that one down!) That we need to accept that some people won't like us, never, never will - and that's okay! It's also good to to find the serenity to deal with the assholes of the world, without, you know, become one ourselv ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I wish I had read this 10 years ago. Not because it doesn't have anything to teach me now, but because it really puts adulthood in persepective: a series of tasks and choices that are often mundane, tedious or downright unpleasant that add up to independence and self-confidence. And all those steps, once broken down, are not really that big a deal!

Williams Brown is funny and compassionate, and this is really cute.
Aug 04, 2014 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
Wendi Lee
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Adulting is hard. This how-to manual is targeted toward the just-out-college, first-real-job crowd, but I found some of her advice useful because my adulting skills are still not at 100%, especially when it comes to cleaning. Cleaning is my nemesis, grrrr. This may be because I insist on cleaning with a book in one hand, but whatever.

Williams Brown has a lot of common sense etiquette here (from what to do after job interviews to how to behave at parties), with advice from everything from car ma
Rina Makode
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a rather silly book aimed at a totally different 'age group' and 'sincerity group' than me. However, the ratio of the 'practical actionable insights gathered' to 'time spent reading it' is superhigh in this case despite this being a self-help book where that ratio is generally quite low. I believe it's the clear breakdown of actionable insights into the titular 486 steps that we have to thank for this.
But certainly, there are clear gems there in the book hidden in the middle of some(well
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