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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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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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  • 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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  • Ale
  • Gulfport, MS, US
  • 09-18-17

Great book from a great author

Great book from a great author! The stories were relatable and the tips were spot on. As the author mentioned in the introduction, every step won't apply to everyone's life, but overall this was a good read!

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Disappointed

The book started off engaging but I quickly lost interest. personally the way the entire story is told as a list wasn't as fluid and funny as expected, it was unrelated and slow moving.

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Confused by the audio quality

Would you listen to Adulting again? Why?

Good contents, but i just don't really understand, after I purchased the audio book and audio sounds differently than the audio sample even the chapter they're reading. Hmm so confused. I am expecting the same audio quality as the sample.

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loved it

Audiable books are the best and this is a great example. I am in my late 20s trying to figure out if I am more of an adult or not. This book has a great way of telling and showing how to be an adult.

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It's okay

I'm a little disappointed. There's some good tidbits in here but honestly nothing that doesn't seem like fairly common sense. This would be a good book for someone who grew up very very sheltered. Or pampered. There was a few funny parts but other than that I think as a whole - this book would make a good blog post- but as an actual book- meh.

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Ehhh...

To be completely honest, this book was a great concept. It got boring real quick.

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  • Keren
  • Garland, TX
  • 10-16-16

Not what I expected & bad language

I was expecting something humorous about growing into maturity, something I could quote from when I teach. It was not funny., nor profound. The reader's voice carried strong tones of disdain and disgust. There was also too much use bad language for expletives.

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