Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Kelly Williams Brown Self Help Grand Central Publishing May 7, 2013 Paperback 273
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 -- Imagine 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.
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps is a fantastic read for any young adult. It is no secret that once you are 18 (or a little older if you decide to push through college/trade school, etc. first) you suddenly have to figure out how to do a lot of different things very quickly. Some of these things you will have picked up in high school (public education actually covers very few of these tasks) while others are things that family and friends will have to teach you. Anything that is left over, or was skimmed over by those two groups, is basically on you to learn. Some of these much-needed skills are big scary things, like taxes, but others are small and simple. Do you know how to change a flat tire? What are the proper steps when your toilet starts to flood your bathroom? Adulting is a great source of all these tiny steps that everyone needs to take at one point or another in their life.
Because all of the things in this book tend to be on the basic side, there are steps here and there that older readers may just want to skim over. Some readers may already know how to not burn holes in your clothing while doing your ironing whereas others may know that taking your car in for preventative maintenance every once in a while works better than just crossing your fingers and hoping that nothing breaks. The older you are, the less value Adulting will have to you simply because you will have already figured out more of the 468 steps than a younger person. You could find yourself thinking, “Wow, that is neat,” and when you try to tell your friends and family about your new discovery they simply respond with, “Yeah. Did you not already know that?”
Most self-help books tend to focus on a certain niche. This book goes above and beyond most of the competition since it hits a variety of topics instead of just a single subject. One section of the book discusses how to handle the basics of finance while another section talks about keeping your home clean and ensuring you do not burn down, to name just two of the many topics covered in Adulting. Valuable insight is provided into how the basics of life are likely to work for you at home and at work as well as in emotional areas such as family relations. That is not to say that every single piece of advice in this book is going to be spot on for everyone. Without a doubt, a few sections do not apply to men; the book’s author is a woman and a few of the steps deal with womanly, erm, “functions”. You know what I mean.
The writing style of the book makes it a bit of a fun read in addition to being helpful. There is a bit of humor that is reminiscent of talking to the fun aunt who will take you to do things mom and dad consider “not ok” because she does not have to worry about parental responsibility like they do. The humor is persistent enough to keep the book lively and maintain readers’ interest, but it is not so abundant that it detracts from the messages that Adulting is trying to get across. One of the key takeaways from Adulting is that you should not try to implement everything in this book all at once. Yes, there are some changes you may decide to make in your life based on this book’s advice. But, like physically growing up, the learning process is something that can take months or even years. If you read this book and realize you want to start doing a lot of these things, do not stress yourself out over it in the process. You will get there; for now, just read the book and maybe make a list of which steps you want to work on first.
Editor's note: This review was written by Nicholas Watkins, originally published in Literature is Life, and has been reposted with permission. It is available under Creative Commons and the original page can be found here.