• Adulting

  • How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
  • By: Kelly Williams Brown
  • Narrated by: Anjili Pal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (448 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Kelly Williams Brown (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Great for Young Adults

Great book, very funny and yet, very truthful and educational – even from a guys’ perspective, especially if that guy has a daughter in their late teens like I do. Well written and loved the narrator too. Also loved the comments on how adults never have vacation because you are doing twice the amount of work before and after while stressing about it during. So relatable!

I’ve already purchased the hard copy version as well and can’t wait to recommend the book to my 18 year old daughter!

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Funny, relevant, and surprisingly helpful!

What made the experience of listening to Adulting the most enjoyable?

I loved everything about this book. I bought it on a whim and with severe skepticism because I'm from the generation of current urban twenty-something's who feel too cool for "self-help" books. What a lucky impulse buy! It's hilarious, and feels more like chatting with a trusted older girl friend than a preachy or cheesy self help book. There are several one liners or tips from the book that keep popping into my head since I've read it, and I honestly feel like I learned helpful things from this book. If you like Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham, you will like Kelly Williams Brown, and you might even get motivated to actually have the oil changed in your car.

What other book might you compare Adulting to and why?

It reminded me of "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" by Mindy Kaling, in tone and format, but of course to different purposes.

Have you listened to any of Anjili Pal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I adored Anjili Pal's performance. She hit it perfectly, and she sounded like I was talking to a good girl friend. I kept having to remind myself that she was not in fact the actual author.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES.

Any additional comments?

Hilarious. Honest. Helpful. Truthful. Witty.

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More educational than entertaining

I was expecting something fun and witty... Not someone seriously telling me how to be an adult... Learned a few useful things however, but it was a struggle to get to the end.

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Mandatory reading for 18 - 14 yr olds!

Adulting is a book of great, concise, useful information delivered in a realistic, approachable, and funny manner. Seriously, everyone in America should read this as a high school senior. It would have saved me A LOT of headaches (and embarrassment) if I had this book in high school or college. Even if you're a grown woman like me (I'm 37) you should read it for the laughs and nostalgia . . . and who knows, you might even learn a thing or two!

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Not The Intended Consumer

As a 40 year old, I am not the intended reader for this book, but got alot out of it. It is well written, well performed, and very informative if you are looking to fill in some holes in your life or just create an overall better existence.

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Thank you for helping me outgrow bad friends & improve my life.

I’ve been in - out of reading this since... I bought it in college... been following & finally completed years (5years) later !! Need another healthy read for my 20s.

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Aggresive

No offense to the performer but she has this attitude in her voice that comes off as very pushy, sarcastic, sassy, and not calm. I love the content of the book so far, but if i had it in physical form i could imagine the author is much more gentle with her recommendations that the “get rid of that shit!” Shouts

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Helpful and practical

The advice in this book is invaluable for anyone looking to understand those intricacies of adulthood that seem to just be understood by all other adults. The style of writing and Kelly’s anecdotes make it an easy listen.

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A must read and a great gift

Many of the younger people in my life say “ I wish there was a guide book to life” here it is. I am in my mid thirties and I still learned a few things and was felt amazing that some of my person views were mirrored in this book. It reader if the audio version made me laugh at her witty and no nonsense laugh out loud personality that made this book a must finish to the end! You will love this book and I am sure you will feel the way I do and want to give it as a gift for Christmas and other occasions for some of those special people in your life who you know are struggling with ”adulting”

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Catchy title gives no insight to actual adulthood

Would you try another book from Kelly Williams Brown and/or Anjili Pal?

This book would be cute for an 18 year old but not for 24 year old. The defining decade is much better recommendation

What do you think your next listen will be?

unsure

What does Anjili Pal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

no

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Adulting?

all of it

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