Book Report: Adulting

Last night I finished Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, by Kelly Williams Brown. I initially picked it up because the title made me laugh, and perhaps I could learn something valuable that I didn’t already know.

I will say that I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s just getting out of college. I wish I had it when I was in my early twenties, trying to navigate a whole new world of responsibilities like finding a decent roommate and, well, being a decent roommate. The author did a great job of touching on these subjects, as well as cleaning, cooking, getting a job, living frugally and so on. But my favorite stuff was about how to be an adult in relationships – from courting to breaking up. It even addresses setting boundaries with parents, if that’s a thing you gotta do.

In any case, as a 31-year-old, I don’t feel like I left this book empty handed. I learned a few new cleaning tricks and some extra numbers to program into my phone in case of emergency. (Why didn’t I think to program Poison Control into my phone, earlier?) It also taught me to use “adulting” as a verb, which makes it seem so much more accessible.

Also, I laughed my butt off. Her writing style is genuine and conversational (and includes the occasional F-bomb). Plus, fitting 468 steps into a 258 page book makes for quick, easy reading. It was definitely a good companion on the bus.

All in all, it was good stuff. Would recommend.

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