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 funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown's popular blog, ADULTING, makes the scary, confusing "real world" approachable, manageable--and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay, and along the way you will learn:
What to check for when renting a new apartment--not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things. When a busy person can find time to learn more about the world (It involves the intersection of NPR and hair-straightening.) How to avoid hooking up with anyone in your office--iImagine your coworkers having plastic, featureless doll crotches. It helps. The secret to finding a mechanic you love--or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind.
From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781455516902
Branch Call Number: 305.242 BRO
Characteristics: viii, 273 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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ArapahoeTiegan Mar 23, 2018

This book helped me see that I actually am more of an adult than I thought. =D Very good tips on various areas. Some don't necessarily apply to every person, but for the ones that do, it's either a great reminder or a good ego boost that you're already doing something adult-like.

May 18, 2017

This book had some insightful advice, however the final chapter promoted a sense of selfishness and entitlement that could lead to hearts being broken due to a lack of small self-sacrifice. Other than that it was helpful and interesting.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 27, 2016

I wish this book had existed when I was 22 -- this would be so useful to so many recent college graduates out there. I read it expecting to be amused but not certain how useful I would find it, but while some chapters I didn't find particularly helpful (the money chapter in particular seemed kind of, "well, duh" to me) but overall it was chock-full of little tips and hints that hadn't occurred to me before. An entertaining and handy guide for twenty-somethings trying to navigate the real world.

Apr 27, 2016

Just finished this book, and it was great. Lots of helpful pointers. Fun and easy to read. I feel like I understand millennials better now. For more of my thoughts on this and other books, check out my blog:

Nov 20, 2014

This book is a riot! Great for anyone who sometimes feels that they're only pretending to be a grown-up. The extensive list of steps that adults take is pretty funny and has some great tips for making life a little easier. They also break the book up and make it a easier to read in small doses. I did wish that she'd elaborated a bit on a few of the hinted at funny/embarrassing/amusing stories that prompted some of the advice. A good read over all!

KateHillier Nov 19, 2014

This book probably wasn't meant to be read cover to cover but I did it anyway. The book has different sections (Money, Maintenance, Job, etc.) and also has a handy index at the back for specific issues that may be new and or scary to the new adult. It's mostly fun but also quite practical in some cases. A lot of this book is common sense but some of it so common sense as to be not considered - like checking if the outlets in your prospective apartment work. Some advice seemed a little more of judgment call to me - the amount of times a thank you note is suggested seems a little over the top and office wardrobe and personal grooming are matters of taste and situation. Overall though it was an enjoyable read with some helpful tips for those both new to adulting and those who should be experts by now.

Jun 27, 2014

This book was such a good, humourous read! Highly recommend it. Even as a relatively "successful" twentysomething, I learned a few tips. And laughed. Lots of laughing.

Jun 26, 2014

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. --- by --- Kelly Williams Brown. A quirky little book that ought to be properly categorized as “first aid for the clueless” or perhaps “what you need to know after living in res”. It could even pass for a “Dummies” book. And yet, it is well written and thoughtfu,l striving for acceptance by its intended audience by (sometimes) using the language with which they’re comfortable. Some fledging individuals will already be well versed with some of the topics (Love; Families) but others may come as a complete surprise (Domesticity; Get a Job; or Maintenance). The book is written with humour and yet it still manages to teach those things the fledgling needs to know, even if its something as basic as how to plunge a blocked toilet..

lbarkema Jun 19, 2014

This book needs to be class offered at every college for seniors before they throw us to the wolves and expect us to be able to fend for ourselves. Alright, maybe not that dramatic but it is a very helpful book that I will buy to guide me through this transition to becoming a "real" adult.

bandblair Dec 02, 2013

Super funny! Her blog is good too.

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