Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.
"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
"Twentysomethings who are looking for a silver bullet will find it here in the form of 468 silver pellets. Without a doubt, one (or a hundred) of these pellets will change your relationship or your career or your mind or your potatoes, all of which matter in adulthood. Kelly Williams Brown is my kind of twentysomething." Meg Jay, PhD, author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now
"Kelly Williams Brown is wise beyond her years, which is great news for those of us who are immature beyond ours. Her advice is brilliant, warm, funny, and USEFUL, much like the lady who wrote it. I'd love to have her over for tea but I don't want her to see my apartment." Julieanne Smolinski, Blogger and Comedian
"This hilarious and super-relatable how-to guide for acting like an adult... is full of aha moments." Cosmo
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.