Adulting by Kelly Williams BrownI am not a university graduate.
I am not even a university student.
I am just a slightly overwhelmed 25-year old, and this is why I enjoyed Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown.

It’s not an erotic romance book filled with tales of adultery and the like. It’s a book about the stuff you should know, but may have found yourself pondering as you make your way in the world.

“One of the most jolting days of adulthood comes the first time you run out of toilet paper. Toilet paper, up until this point, always just existed. And now it’s a finite resource, constantly in danger of extinction, that must be carefully tracked and monitored, like pandas?”

Adulting appealed perfectly to my sense of humour. It is quick-witted, funny, brief and yet informative.

With the aim of showing you how to become a grown up in 468 easy(ish) steps, Adulting contains all the knowledge and social skills you should possess as an adult, or by the age of 30, which I personally believe is when you should be considered an ‘adult’ (in terms of being ultra responsible, not for things like drinking, driving or voting etc).

My favourite term discovery from the book would have to be in the ‘Grooming and Personal Hygiene’ section, where Kelly writes about makeup dos and don’ts. I had a big giggle while reading during my lunch break, when Kelly refers ‘Failure Flakes’ – those small disintegrating flakes of mascara that fall below your lash line over the day. Anyone who has worm mascara has experienced failure flakes.

But don’t go thinking that this is a book aimed at females only. There is a lot of male-specific information, but a lot of it is gender neutral. Since it’s been lying around my apartment a lot of friends have picked it up and had a flick through, and (so far) all of them have found something to have a bit of a laugh at or related to. While it is written for an American audience, Adulting is still relevant here in Australia. It’s also a fun and humorous advice book aimed at people like myself who are stumbling their way through their twenties.

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A few of my other favourite quotes / life lessons from the book include:

  • ‘Do not steal more than $3 worth of office supplies per quarter’
  • ‘If we were all our most real and raw selves every moment of the day things would be just awful. The world would be full of man-size toddlers.’
  • ‘Stop enjoying things ironically. Just enjoy them.’

Finally, when reading Adulting I realised in the great big scheme of things I wasn’t doing too badly, so I actually rang the parents and thanked them for raising me so well (plus I scored some brownie points towards being the golden child).

Guest Blogger: Cat is a carefree Sydneysider, simply trying to find her way in the world. She is determined not to become her name and end up a crazy cat lady by age 30. She’s also been a Co-op Member since 2011.


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