These are the steps I wish I'd had before I grew up. Wait-What am I talking about? These are steps I will start using today! Kelly Williams Brown writes as charmingly and hysterically as she does helpfully. Get this book and grow up! -- J.J. Abrams - Writer, Director, Producer


Twentysomethings who are looking for a silver bullet will find it here in the form of 468 silver pellets. Without a doubt, one (or a hundred) of these pellets will change your relationship or your career or your mind or your potatoes, all of which matter in adulthood. Kelly Williams Brown is my kind of twentysomething. -- Meg Jay, PhD, author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now


Kelly Williams Brown is wise beyond her years, which is great news for those of us who are immature beyond ours. Her advice is brilliant, warm, funny, and USEFUL, much like the lady who wrote it. I'd love to have her over for tea but I don't want her to see my apartment. -- Julieanne Smolinski - Blogger, Comedian, @BoobsRadley


"Fun, chatty, and surprisingly informative.... perfect for the wayward 20-something, or 30-something, or..." -- Publisher's Weekly


"This hilarious and super-relatable how-to guide for acting like an adult ... is full of aha moments." -- Cosmo

About Adulting:

• I have written a New York Times-bestselling book called Adulting: How to Become A Grown-Up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps, now in a convenient and updated second edition! It covers things like how bleach works, what one says in a condolence note and how not to sleep with your co-workers.

• It is out now, courtesy of Grand Central Publishing, and has been translated into seven languages.

• It has been covered in/on The New York Times The Today ShowThe Wall Street JournalCosmopolitan, Grazia UK, Publisher's Weekly Vogue and Portland Monthlyamong others. Click here for press coverage.

• If you would like to cover it, the press contact is Caitlin Mulrooney-Lyski at

• You should definitely purchase it here, here, here or here

• In the meantime, you should check out the companion blog, because of course there is a blog. A neglected blog, but a blog nonetheless.

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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.