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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Paperback – May 7, 2013
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These are the steps I wish I'd had before I grew up. Wait-What am I talking about? These are steps I will start using today! Kelly Williams Brown writes as charmingly and hysterically as she does helpfully. Get this book and grow up!
- J.J. Abrams - Writer, Director, Producer
Twentysomethings who are looking for a silver bullet will find it here in the form of 468 silver pellets. Without a doubt, one (or a hundred) of these pellets will change your relationship or your career or your mind or your potatoes, all of which matter in adulthood. Kelly Williams Brown is my kind of twentysomething.
-Meg Jay, PhD, author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now
Kelly Williams Brown is wise beyond her years, which is great news for those of us who are immature beyond ours. Her advice is brilliant, warm, funny, and USEFUL, much like the lady who wrote it. I'd love to have her over for tea but I don't want her to see my apartment.
- Julieanne Smolinski - Blogger, Comedian, @BoobsRadley
"Fun, chatty, and surprisingly informative.... perfect for the wayward 20-something, or 30-something, or..."
-- Publisher's Weekly
"This hilarious and super-relatable how-to guide for acting like an adult ... is full of aha moments."
Kelly Williams Brown, author of "Adulting," is the voice of her generation. Unfortunately, that voice is telling her she should make a soufflé and take her LSATs. She shouldn't listen to the voice, and neither should you. Kelly Williams Brown should be writing: period. Anything else is just robbery. "Adulting" is hilarious and filled with keen insight, a terrific dance down the road of everyday insecurity.
-- Dana Haynes, author of ICE COLD KILL, CRASHERS and BREAKING POINT
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. ... Adulting is incredibly funny and a pure joy to read.
-- Wit and Sin
About the Author
Kelly Williams Brown is the founder of the popular Tumblr, AdultingBlog.com, and she is, in fact, sometimes, an adult. Previously, she was a features reporter and an award-winning humor columnist for the Statesman Journal, a daily newspaper in Salem, Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
But was the advice worth it? I think so. Sure, you might be too far along the pike to benefit from some of it. Some of it is complete common sense (i.e. buy toilet paper in bulk -- the use/age graph on this is priceless!). But it never hurts to read it or hear it aloud at least one time. And some of the things she covered are issues I still have trouble with and I'm easily old enough to be the author's mom.
I will indeed give this book to my daughter and hope she actually finds time to read it and absorb some of the great stuff although I hope she doesn't drink as much or have as much unmarried sex as the book allows. But if she does decide to start drinking and screwing around, the book offers some pretty good guidelines on how to do such in an adult fashion. Still I hope she spends more time on the chapter about financial responsibility. Great job, Kelly. Now if you can hurry up and turn 60, I need a book on Senioring.
There's solid advice here, without being preachy. I found a few new things for this old dog, too, such as Step 8: Remember your circle of concern versus your circle of action. It's sort of like an updated version of the Serenity Prayer.
Not every piece of advice is one that I would follow, though. It may be tempting to call a co-worker the c-word, but I wouldn't recommend it. I think you can handle conflict without calling people names.
Some favorite moments:
•We all sense our own dysfunction so clearly. And because we can't do that one thing - whether it be keeping a clean house, not feeling shy and awkward at work, or having a credit score of 750 - we assign it a higher priority on our own personal Things That You Must Be Good At If You Wish to Be a Functional Adult list. We don't remember the fourteen things we do reasonably well; we remember our one arena of miserable failure.
•Intentions are nice, but ultimately intentions don't really matter because they only exist inside you.
•A big part of being a well-adjusted person is accepting that you can't be good at everything. Some things will always be hard. Decide what you can do in those arenas.
•You're a grown-up, and you get to decide what behaviors affect you for five minutes versus what behaviors change you as a person.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good info. Wish I had read this stuff years ago. There is, however, one serious error. The author advises mixing clorox with dish detergent. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Yvonne Jackson
Literally a lifesaver I recommend this book to all newly and adultsPublished 9 days ago by Kiesha m.
I'm very excited to read this book, as I have been eyeballing it for awhile now! However, I purchased the book in "used - good" condition, which I don't feel it came in. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Bethany
I found it hard to take advice seriously when the author is only 29; hadn't realized beforehand they weren't older. Felt like mostly stuff I already knew. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amelia Lin
So helpful! Some of the tips were things I already knew....But it would have saved me so much trouble if I would have read this at 18 instead of 23. I highly recommend!Published 28 days ago by Katherine H.
THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS! Buy it, read it, and pass it on. Great advice that kept me laughing from cover to cover.Published 1 month ago by -