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


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455516902
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 273
Sales rank: 491,626
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kelly Williams Brown is the founder of the popular Tumblr,, 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.

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Introduction: Of Quants and Other Demons 1
Primordial Seeds 1
Swimming Upstream 25
From Coastlines to Cotton Prices 49
Beating the Dealer 76
Physics Hits the Street 105
The Prediction Company 130
Tyranny of the Dragon King 159
A New Manhattan Project 181
Epilogue: Send Physics, Math, and Money! 205
Acknowledgments 226
Notes 229
References 250
Index 269

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Get Your Mind Right 6

2 Domesticity 15

3 Cooking 37

4 Fake It Till You Make It 59

5 Get a Job 85

6 Money 114

7 Maintenance 135

8 Friends and Neighbors 165

9 Love 186

10 Times Were Tough 218

11 Families 237

12 Conclusion 259

Acknowledgments 261

Index 263

About the Author 273

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BethanyL More than 1 year ago
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 to being taken seriously at work to maintaining meaningful adult relationships. Hint: a lot of it comes down to being thoughtful and conscientious and writing thank you cards. Even though this book isn’t revolutionary and the advice inside isn’t anything new, it’s a really great starting place for young women (and men! Men could like this!) who have questions on how to operate as “adults.” The voice is young, fresh, understanding, and—I can’t stress this enough—funny. For real, Kelly Williams Brown is hilarious. If nothing else, read it because it will make you laugh. And! There are amusing illustrations! Now I’m going to buy lots of copies of this so I can hand them out to people when they come to my apartment. Parting gifts = advanced adulting, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really a wonderful book for every lady from 18-30. Its keeps you reading. She is so witty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time with this one. Most of it is extremely basic stuff and the writing isn't that great and coming from someone who reads basically everything it is definitely not good in any way. It barely even deserves one star
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helped me figure out what I need/want and don't need/want. Would recommend to any twenty something for sure.
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Unfortunately, I was really disappointed by this novel (err…self-help book?) for people who are “stuck in my college days”, as I just graduated feeling a little overwhelmed.  I picked it up at my nearest B&N and noticed it was recommend by the staff. I flipped through it, read something about mean people being jellyfish and thought sounds funny I'll give it a shot. I quickly realized it's literally 486 steps on how to “adult” or translation…how to take care of yourself without mommy, daddy and the university.  Sure it's witty writing but if you already know to pay your bills on time, clean and buy TP in bulk then you should save your money and call your mother for more advice. Definitely want my money back. 
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KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A couple of months ago, I was flipping through Cosmo and spotted this book. I immediately wanted to read it. Yes, by all accounts of the word, I am an adult. I’m in my mid-twenties, I am married, I pay bills, and do mundane things like grocery shopping and making appointments with doctors. But yet… I rarely feel like an adult. I’ve read articles before on the internet that many people of my generation feel the exact same way. And it makes sense. Folks are living with their parents longer (college, sucky economy), it’s hard to find a job, people are waiting longer to be in a committed relationship/get married, etc. Still, no matter how many other people feel the same way, it’s hard to *be* an adult and yet not *feel* like one. While the advice in this book isn’t new or revolutionary by any means, it was still worth reading. Thrown into the stuff I already know (which is probably around 95% of the book), there were a few things that I didn’t know and probably should. The advice was mixed with some humor and it definitely made for a fun and readable book. Normally, I avoid any and all self-help type books, but this one was too good to pass up. I’m really glad I read it. Be sure to check out all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next time, we should have it at the clubhouse! I would say Rainbow Dash's house but it's in the clouds... we would never get up there...
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This is a funny, helpful book. You probably already know some of it. It's a great present for adult milestones, especially college graduation.
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This is a stupid and insipid book. It points out the common sense AND the obvious. Save your money. I want mine back.