BOOK REVIEW: Adulting-How to Become a Grown up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

BOOK REVIEW: Adulting-How to Become a Grown up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

Trying your best to turn into an adult in a fortnight? Read Adulting: How to Become a Grown up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps


Step 103: Know how and when to exit a conversation

I remember the time when I graduated in 2013 and was extremely depressed about leaving school and coming back home. All of a sudden the world was expecting me to start acting all grown up; find a job (as if they are offered on a platter) , and get settled somewhere, where they pay excellent salaries, have a healthy work-life balance and somehow manage to meet my friends and family (read all the relatives) on a regular basis. That was certainly too much to ask since I had not even gotten over my graduation and  post-graduation-college-trip- nostalgia.

It was during that time I found out about the book “Adulting: How to become a grown-up in 468 easy(ish) steps” by Kelly Williams Brown on Goodreads and soon started reading it. Needless to say, the book talks about the period of adulting (which is described as acting like an adult or engaging in boring and responsible activities usually associated with adulthood).

Starting from the time you graduate,  depressed about leaving school,  best friends moving out, finding a place to live in at a reasonable rate, to learning to cook and clean your part of the house, the book describes in detail. Every minor step of these adulting milestones. From tips on effectively packing your stuff and suitcases, to teaching easy-to-cook recipes, domestic tips (“gharayloo totkay” in our case) on how to clean your kitchen and bathroom, everything is elaborately discussed with witty monologues and funny diagrams from the author that keep the one-way dialogue interesting. There are even dramatic discussion questions at the end of every chapter which keep the reader engaged.

The chapters progress further to discuss “faking etiquette” (the author believes that until you can’t fake it, you can’t make it) to get in the line for one of the most difficult jobs in the world: getting a job. This book provides steps on networking (friends, friends of friends, friends of parents, parents of friends, etc.), scheduling your interviews. It tells you how not to screw your schedules of interviews, how to negotiate your salary and finally signing your job offer.

Money is another important concern for newly-turned-adults. From politely refusing to hang out with your work-colleagues, to splitting your dinner bills and managing to shop cheap but trendy clothes and accessories, Kelly offers easy and doable solutions to saving money and managing your budget.

One drawback of the book that I came across while reading was the fact that since it has been written from the perspective of a woman, it caters more to the needs of women, (or girls as you might want to put it) especially fashion trends, clothes choice, etc.

Nevertheless, Adulting is one of the funniest, most engaging self-help books I’ve ever read. Readers will certainly find this book helpful and entertaining  ( even if it doesn’t help you much, it will make you feel better to know that you’re not the only one struggling). Most importantly, this read would get you out of your stress, if you have just graduated from college or are about to graduate.

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About The Author

Paras Abbasi: Dreamer, explorer, reader, aspiring writer and jack of all trades. Failed advocate of the notion ‘Life is a fair game’


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