Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
I’ve been really into reading non-fiction lately, and I recently read my copy of Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown. It’s one of those books I feel like a lot of high school-graduate age kids get, which is why I think I had a copy.
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Author: Kelly Williams Brown
Published: May 7th, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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.
New York Times Bestseller.
About: Kelly Williams Brown
• I was born in southern Louisiana, and have since lived in Mississippi, Oregon, Texas and Washington D.C.
• I studied journalism at Loyola University New Orleans, and worked as a daily news reporter for seven years before transitioning to copywriting and freelancing.
• I have written a New York Times-bestselling book. I’ve also worked as a long-form features writer, a columnist for The Daily Beast, and cocktail waitress on Bourbon Street.
• My work has appeared on or in the New York Times, the Today Show, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Esquire, The Boston Globe and many more, and has been translated into seven languages.
• I also do speaking engagements; my TEDx Talk, “I’m a Millennial, and I am a Monster” was a TED.com editor’s pick of the week.
• I am really good at cooking gumbo, etouffee, steaks and stew. I am proficient at cooking lots of other things.
• In my spare time, I like to read, dance, craft, drive to small towns to eat lunch, dress up in folk costume, seek out the few shades of red lipstick that a redhead can reasonably pull off, try new soups, feign interest in sporting events, experience actual interest in curling and gymnastics, and find the oddest and most interesting people possible.
I think that since this book was released in 2013 it was gifted to a lot of students my age who were graduating from high school that year. But this is really a book meant more for people who are either graduating college, or graduating high school and planning to move out and be on their own and begin searching for jobs straight away.
It’s life advice for people who are new to the “adult-world” and lifestyle that comes along with it. Though it isn’t all that applicable unless you’re someone who is moving out to live on their own/with roommates, and job-searching.
This book makes a fair amount of assumptions, but in general I found it to be fairly applicable to my life.
I wouldn’t say that I learned anything from this book. I think you would have to be pretty clueless about adult life in order to really learn anything new from this book. Which isn’t a bad thing – everyone has different starting points.
But this book gives a lot of good advice, and I really enjoyed Kelly’s sense of humor and writing style. Plus, there were great graphics and illustrations.
I give Adulting 4/5 stars.
Let’s talk about it
Have you read Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown? What did you think about it? Or have you read any other self-help books aimed at helping young adults navigate their way through early adulthood? I would love to have some other recommendations! Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.