Monday, July 29, 2013

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

Wow, I could have used this book about ten years ago! It was still helpful to read at this time in my life though as I could always use tips on how to be more grown-up.

This book tackles all of the big areas of being an adult. Some of the chapter titles are: Domesticity, Cooking, Get a Job, Money, Friends and Neighbors, Love, and Families. Kelly writes short tips with brief explanations that are concise and funny. By the way, Kelly writes a blog at

One of the most helpful hints was Step 109: Rescue a conversation from the brink of disaster. Kelly writes that when someone says something very offensive, you should pause (so as to distance yourself a bit from the comment) and then say, "I'm sure you didn't mean that the way it sounded." And then change the topic. That is a great tip.

From houseplants to interviews, to how to break-up with someone to when to call 911, this book is a must read for any grown-up, or for anyone who wants to be more grown-up. This book would also make a perfect high school or graduation gift.

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