Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013, 9:12 am

Reserve now!

Jen D




In brief


Practical life advice that reads like a hilarious conversation with your best friend? Yes, please!

Growing up is hard. Remember when you were little and being an adult seemed so much better than being a little kid? It seemed like adults had it made and you swore when you were one that you'd eat ice cream for dinner, stay up all night long and wear that Batman t-shirt for days on end.

Then one day you find that you have, indeed, become an adult and your crusty Batman shirt and lack of nutritional skills are no longer cute. How do you navigate workplace politics? What, exactly, are you supposed to keep in your fridge? When is it appropriate to bail on a friendship? If you've ever caught yourself exasperated and wondering how the heck to function as a bona fide adult, then you'll definitely want to check out Adulting, which will have you laughing out loud at, well, yourself.

You guys, I know what you're thinking right now: "I am X years old! I don't need a book to teach me about how to be an adult!" Well, I'm here to inform you that you are wrong. You see, Ms. Brown has all kinds of super-awesome advice about growing up (468 steps, if you want to get technical) and some of them even come with illustrations. YOU GUYS. This book has drawings that explain concepts that should not be foreign to you in your adult life. It is chock-full of advice written in a hilarious, approachable way. It feels like you are being handed a how-to book from an older, wiser, non-judgmental friend, and it's even broken down into sensible chapters like "Fake It Till You Make It," "Get Your Mind Right," "Times Were Tough" and "Domesticity."

Oh, and let me assure you, you are not too old to enjoy this book. I may or may not be creeping toward my mid-30s (I'll NEVER tell!) and even I found some shiny pearls of wisdom to take away (when I wasn't busy laughing at the things I had already figured out but been totally humiliated by at some point in my life). I dare you to try not to annoy your friends and family by laughing and quoting sections of this book out loud to them as you are reading. Challenge accepted?