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Adulting

How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Narrated by: Anjili Pal
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
4 out of 5 stars (390 ratings)

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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.

©2013 Kelly Williams Brown (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 01-22-14

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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  • mel
  • JERSEY CITY, NJ, US
  • 07-17-19

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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  • Catherine
  • Topsham, Me, United States
  • 06-19-13

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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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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I LOVE this book!

I’ve read (or listened) to this book so many times because I always find something new that resonates with me! However, I wish Kelly was the narrator of it.

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ONE OF THE MOST USEFUL BOOKS AROUND

Thank you Kelly Williams Brown for sharing this great wisdom and your fabulous witty personality with us. Would have loved to listen to the updated version - 536 easy-ish steps. Now I’ll have to skim through the book and figure out what I’m missing! I could use a review of this amazing life manual anyways. I’ll be sure to keep your book handy - cause I know I’ll be needing it. Thanks again! - From A 24 year old wanna-be-adult. :)

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Read/Listen to this more than once

I love Anjili Pal’s voice, it’s just so fitting for this book. I’m currently on my 5th listen of this book. There is always something I missed. I recommend this book to every young person I meet. I was there, I didn’t feel like an adult, and now ...well I still don’t feel like an adult. But I keep practicing everyday.

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too simplistic. lacked guidance.

I struggled to get through chapter 4. the content was simplistic and dry.
as if a 40s housewife was reading you her guide to daily life.

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waste of time

The author is talking about herself and things that took place in her life, save yourself the touble and do not purchase.