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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 — 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.

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"A young journo mines a brief life and years of advice from friends and professionals — counselors, social workers, her car mechanic Shane — in order to create this how-to guide to becoming (or simply being) a 'grown-up.' The 468 steps are more like tips than items on a checklist, and clearly labeled chapters allow readers to pick and choose their entry point. The 'Domesticity' section explains, among other things, how to choose, decorate, and clean an apartment; 'Get a Job' covers networking, job-specific resume-editing, techniques for salary negotiations, and includes a flowchart to determine how many drinks you should have at a company event; and 'Money' walks readers through creating a budget and sticking to it, and illuminates the intricacies of 401(k)s, IRAs, and compound interest (all accompanied by Brown's illustrative sketches of animals — e.g., Pension Panda). Also provided are kitchen tips and simple recipes, thoughts on meeting new friends, tricks for doing laundry, and Shane the mechanic's advice on picking out a used car. Fun, chatty, and surprisingly informative, Brown's guide — already optioned for a TV adaptation, to be backed by Fox and produced by J.J. Abrams — is perfect for the wayward 20-something, or 30-something, or... Agent: Brandi Bowles, Foundry Literary + Media." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"These are the steps I wish I'd had before I grew up. Wait — What am I talking about? These are steps I will start using today! Kelly Williams Brown writes as charmingly and hysterically as she does helpfully. Get this book and grow up!" J.J. Abrams; Writer, Director, Producer

About the Author

Kelly Williams Brown is the founder of the popular Tumblr, AdultingBlog.com, 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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georgiamaull, February 12, 2014 (view all comments by georgiamaull)
I love this book so much. I read it right before the new year and am giving it out as birthday presents to all my friends for 2014!
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Cyrus OBrien, May 25, 2013 (view all comments by Cyrus OBrien)
What an interesting and necessary book! "Adulting" gives advice in steps, and is frank; it doesn't talk down to the reader or try and be 'with it'. It starts off with a bang- "Step One: You are not a special snowflake". The world doesn't care about your good grades in high school, and here's how to deal with that without having a quarter century crisis a few years too early. I love that it doesn't baby the reader. The world is scary, but it will be okay.

"Adulting" covers everything you'd think is obvious, but really isn't. From what to look for before signing the lease on an apartment, to how to use social networking (the face to face kind, not twitter) to your advantage when trying to land a job, how to fix a basic toilet issue to how to build an adult relationship with your mom and dad, this book should be standard issue for seventeen year olds. It's geared toward women first living on their own, or fresh out of college, it has valuable information for everyone, regardless gender. It doesn't mention college at all- this is for the real world.

I wish it had been around when I was first starting out (I'm 24 and have been on my own for a long time , but the things in the book still come up constantly). A great book for graduation... high school or otherwise.
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ISBN:
9781455516902
Subtitle:
How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Author:
Brown, Kelly Williams
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Humor : General
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A young journo mines a brief life and years of advice from friends and professionals — counselors, social workers, her car mechanic Shane — in order to create this how-to guide to becoming (or simply being) a 'grown-up.' The 468 steps are more like tips than items on a checklist, and clearly labeled chapters allow readers to pick and choose their entry point. The 'Domesticity' section explains, among other things, how to choose, decorate, and clean an apartment; 'Get a Job' covers networking, job-specific resume-editing, techniques for salary negotiations, and includes a flowchart to determine how many drinks you should have at a company event; and 'Money' walks readers through creating a budget and sticking to it, and illuminates the intricacies of 401(k)s, IRAs, and compound interest (all accompanied by Brown's illustrative sketches of animals — e.g., Pension Panda). Also provided are kitchen tips and simple recipes, thoughts on meeting new friends, tricks for doing laundry, and Shane the mechanic's advice on picking out a used car. Fun, chatty, and surprisingly informative, Brown's guide — already optioned for a TV adaptation, to be backed by Fox and produced by J.J. Abrams — is perfect for the wayward 20-something, or 30-something, or... Agent: Brandi Bowles, Foundry Literary + Media." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "These are the steps I wish I'd had before I grew up. Wait — What am I talking about? These are steps I will start using today! Kelly Williams Brown writes as charmingly and hysterically as she does helpfully. Get this book and grow up!"
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