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

“Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps” by Kelly Williams Brown

Genre: Adult Non-Fiction, Humor, Self Help

GoodreadsSource: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

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


I’ve wanted to read this since I read the title. It sounded hilarious!

The book doesn’t really provide me with any information I didn’t know. I know you need to clean your living space. I know you need to regularly maintain your car. I know you should have a budget. Instead the book gives you smaller steps on how to achieve those bigger goals. It sounds silly but it works.

I think this book has a big age factor for it. I can see how “real adults” (those 35 and older) will see this as stupid and a waste of money. For them it probably would be a waste of money. They’ve been on their own for years so they know all of the things in this book. But this book is written for that college student or 20 something that’s living on their own for the first time. They might be pretty smart but living on your own can be overwhelming. This book just provides them a reinforcement of what they like likely know but just need to be reminded of.

The writing style is pretty funny which is greatly needed. This book could be very dry if Brown wasn’t so charming. I really loved how she doesn’t make you feel stupid for not knowing something. She knows how hard this is. She makes being an adult fairly easy and achievable. We’re not trying to be Martha Stewart with a spotless home and lamb roasting in the oven for our guests. Instead we focus on having a presentable bathroom and being able to offer guests something besides tap water and crackers.

The bottom line? Surprisingly helpful. Great present for those in their teens or twenties.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps”

  1. Haha. I bet I could have used this when I was starting out on my own. I’m still kind of curious about it, even though I’m 30 years old. I need all the help I can get sometimes when it comes to cleaning. Ugh. 🙂

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