Brown-Kelly Williams, Non-Fiction, Self-help, Social Commentary

#937 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

Adulting by Kelly Williams BrownAdulting by Kelly Williams Brown

Being an adult is not easy sometimes, but never fear, Kelly has written a book that you can follow to become an adult in 468 easy(ish) steps. Kelly really tries to cover all the grounds for being an adult. These include renting an apartment, paying your bills, saving for retirement, taking the higher road in some situations, and generally keeping yourself alive and off of the street.

What I liked

I thought this book was fun, but it certainly wasn’t something I needed. I practically raised my three younger brothers, I worked full-time and went to school full-time when I was getting my first degree. I’ve been married, divorced, bought a house, sold a house, and bought several cars. I’ve paid plenty of bills. I save for retirement and do responsible adult things and I’ve been doing those responsible adult things for quite a while.

Now, that isn’t to say that this book doesn’t have a place, because it totally does. I know of plenty of people who wouldn’t be able to do half of the things in this book without some guidance. There are people who need this. There are twenty-somethings who don’t know how to write checks or have any idea how much it actually costs to live on your own. Newsflash– you have to be making around $40K a year to live comfortably on your own, and that’s not a great comfortable. If some of those twenty-somethings read this book, they might learn a few things and it would be to their benefit.

What I didn’t like

Kelly has a lot of great advice, but there’s some of it that is so-so on the advice scale. Kelly states that buying a used car from a car lot is not a good idea. Yeah, maybe buying a used car from a backwoods car lot, out at a four-way intersection, run out of a single-wide trailer isn’t the greatest idea, but buying a used car from a car lot that also sells new cars, or has certified pre-owned programs isn’t a bad idea. Sometimes, people trade in their cars at the car lot and there’s nothing wrong with them.

Some of Kelly’s social advice seems very superficial. Look, I get that people generally don’t go around talking about their digestive issues, or whatever, upon first meeting, but, you know what, sometimes friendships happen that way. Sometimes you find a person who is in your tribe by talking about something weird and if you hadn’t talked about that weird thing you might have never seen them again.

I also think Kelly has a lot to learn in some aspects, which is fine. We all mature and reach certain mile stones at different points in our lives.


Being an adult means eating zucchini is a choice you made happily.

Weigh In

When did you realize that you were an adult?

Was there some advice someone gave you about being an adult that really helped you out?

#937 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown was originally published on One-elevenbooks


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