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Hello, grown-ups of all ages! Eclectic, bite-sized bursts of advice meet quirky illustrations in this playful guide to feeling like the grown-up we all wanted to be as a kid. From thoughts on the best way to open a champagne bottle to a short list of the kitchen tools you actually need, these tips and tricks reveal secrets that are attainable, not intimidating. Anyone can Hello, grown-ups of all ages! Eclectic, bite-sized bursts of advice meet quirky illustrations in this playful guide to feeling like the grown-up we all wanted to be as a kid. From thoughts on the best way to open a champagne bottle to a short list of the kitchen tools you actually need, these tips and tricks reveal secrets that are attainable, not intimidating. Anyone can make a life upgrade using these insights alongside the traits they already have—their wits, creativity, and enthusiasm. This engaging guide is the perfect gift for recent grads, first-apartment dwellers, and anyone who's ready to grow up, one step at a time.


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Hello, grown-ups of all ages! Eclectic, bite-sized bursts of advice meet quirky illustrations in this playful guide to feeling like the grown-up we all wanted to be as a kid. From thoughts on the best way to open a champagne bottle to a short list of the kitchen tools you actually need, these tips and tricks reveal secrets that are attainable, not intimidating. Anyone can Hello, grown-ups of all ages! Eclectic, bite-sized bursts of advice meet quirky illustrations in this playful guide to feeling like the grown-up we all wanted to be as a kid. From thoughts on the best way to open a champagne bottle to a short list of the kitchen tools you actually need, these tips and tricks reveal secrets that are attainable, not intimidating. Anyone can make a life upgrade using these insights alongside the traits they already have—their wits, creativity, and enthusiasm. This engaging guide is the perfect gift for recent grads, first-apartment dwellers, and anyone who's ready to grow up, one step at a time.

30 review for The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up: Tips, Tricks, and Perks No One Thought to Tell You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renae McBrian

    Super cute quick read full of little things adults should remind themselves of often.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Maybe I'm the only one who just finds this book to be mostly common sense? If it works and truly helps others who read it, that's great. I'm all for that, but for me, this was a hard miss. The large font, lack of text, repetition, and overall not much meaningful advice was what made this an easy 1 star, unfortunately.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Guess who was bored in a store! The Secret Art of Bring a Grown-Up might be a cute book to give a teenager who is moving out. It gives a lot of general advice about being an adult that most people figure out quite quickly, but it's got a nice design?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clara Biesel

    Read this whole book in a book shop. It was delightful. A nice graduation gift.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Bought this book for a young friend who just graduated high school. Read it before giving to make sure it isn't horrible or part of the right-wing agenda. It isn't! Rather it is a quick read with fun and practical advise like there are tabs on the end of the tin foil box and when you push them in the roll won't fall out. (I never knew this!) The first four pages are a little condescending and unnecessary. Skip those.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zanereads

    I feel like this would be a cute book to gift anyone who is newly on their own. It's more encouraging than informative though. I read it pretty quickly, it's full of fun art, graphs, charts, and sayings.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This book is a comfort and an easy read - like literally, less than an hour. It seems to have a lot of good advice that would work for people with anxiety about grown-up type things. It's also reassuring in a pleasant way, but I doubt that the one-pager graphics will stick with me, simply because there were so many random tidbits of advice in them. I did learn that you should turn a champagne bottle, rather than the cork, when opening it. I might remember that.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Tribley

    Great tips and also very comforting feeling coming from this book which is what I really needed right now. As someone who is still considered young and inexperienced, I do feel I am more adult than most in my age range. I know my emotions, I set daily goals, I know what I like and dislike and clear ways that focus my goals and decisions. But still like everyone else I am afraid of lots. I’m afraid to do the adult things and to think of myself in five years beyond anything except an ambiguous and Great tips and also very comforting feeling coming from this book which is what I really needed right now. As someone who is still considered young and inexperienced, I do feel I am more adult than most in my age range. I know my emotions, I set daily goals, I know what I like and dislike and clear ways that focus my goals and decisions. But still like everyone else I am afraid of lots. I’m afraid to do the adult things and to think of myself in five years beyond anything except an ambiguous and unclear image. This book while there weren’t too many tips I did not already know, did make me feel good and a bit more comfortable to live and .... well, grow up A note about dryer sheets that should be in this book— if you use dryer sheets, the lint catcher will catch little tiny fabrics off the dryer sheet and you can see this by running the mesh catcher under water. F the water catches it means your lint sheet needs to be washed with just some soap and water because in a drying process, because all that excess tiny fabric is stuck in the holes of the mesh, your clothes are drying slower and you’re paying more for that energy. All you have to do is check it like once every couple of weeks, wash it, and your clothes will dry faster and save you money and you can still continue using dryer sheets

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    REALLY not as condescending as it sounds although i'm still a little offended that someone gave this to me. but like a lot of these are things I've learned in the last year or so and i was like YEAH THAT'S SO TRU example 1. dryer sheets. my friend was like "oh i can't do laundry i don't have any dryer sheets" i was like ??? you don't... need them. i don't use them. and she was like how???? but now i might try them bc i'm always down for softer and less static-y clothing example 2. going into a fan REALLY not as condescending as it sounds although i'm still a little offended that someone gave this to me. but like a lot of these are things I've learned in the last year or so and i was like YEAH THAT'S SO TRU example 1. dryer sheets. my friend was like "oh i can't do laundry i don't have any dryer sheets" i was like ??? you don't... need them. i don't use them. and she was like how???? but now i might try them bc i'm always down for softer and less static-y clothing example 2. going into a fancy hotel just to use the bathroom. i have not done this. i HAVE gone into a fancy theatre just to use the bathroom, and it was great and i'm always doing it from now on

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I read this book and was delighted to discover it contained really useful and intelligent advice. it was my intention to use it as a graduation present, but it is so thoughtful and wise, I am going to be giving it to much older people. Being older, being adults, does not necessarily qualify us as grownup. This charming read includes topics as wide ranging as giving dinner parties,paying bills, and how to do a perfect high five (I was happy to learn that one) I believe this contains at least one o I read this book and was delighted to discover it contained really useful and intelligent advice. it was my intention to use it as a graduation present, but it is so thoughtful and wise, I am going to be giving it to much older people. Being older, being adults, does not necessarily qualify us as grownup. This charming read includes topics as wide ranging as giving dinner parties,paying bills, and how to do a perfect high five (I was happy to learn that one) I believe this contains at least one or two pieces of advice any adult could use. I have now ordered several more, so I can still give it as a graduation present.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was okay. But the pitch that it is for folks of all ages is not true in my view. I knew most of this. It may be a good gift for 17 or 18 year olds. But I'm 27 and I've been adulting for awhile. In fact, I knew most of this back before I was 18....But that just might be a parenting thing. A cute idea. A quick read. A quirky gift. But not likely useful for folks who have been in the adult world for awhile.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Halie Jackson

    I didn’t hate this book. It was a quick, fun read with useful pointers... but I’d say a lot of what’s included in this book is common sense... well, most of it is common sense for your average adult in fact. I didn’t really take much from it personally, but it was still an enjoyable read. It’s marketed for adults of all ages, but I could see this being a quirky gift to a young adult who is just getting started.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ansate

    It's cute. I like some of the specifics like kitchen tips. I REALLY appreciated things like "you are not your job" and "you deserve to be loved" - yes good, important and definitely true. Also that you are allowed to go to "grown up" places like art galleries. There is a weird power in having permission. [return]Some of the "truths" about travel and affordablity and wardrobes hit wrong with me - I feel like there are a lot of assumptions about income and dependents and body size there.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Savana

    Sure, many of the bits of advice in this book are common sense, but it was a fun book to read. A light read that will definitely make you laugh! As someone who is still in the early stages of "grown-up hood" it put things that seem stressful fun. This is not a serious advice book, but a good read if you're looking to brighten your day.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebeca Barahona Bonini

    I read it in one go and it made me excited about being an adult, which is not something I am used to. Seems pretty darn helpful, so I highly recommend it, and the good thing is that you do not have to memorize these tips, because you can re-read them whenever you feel like it or you actually have a need for them in your life. Great, practical and straightforward.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marilynn Farmer

    I liked this book! It was funny and true and very practical. Am going to have my teenagers read this, even though they probably won't understand how spot-on the observations are until they're much older...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    This book is super cute! I read it in an hour, it's super fun to flip through and has helpful tips and adorable illustrations. Even if you already know some of the tips, you'll still appreciate the charm that this little book has! I loved it :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wellington

    If you're someone who has a goal to finish X amount of books this year and you're behind, this could be your book. It's great strengths are being short with non-obtrusive advice. Most advice is pretty obvious; a couple I disagreed on. I forgot most of them already.

  19. 4 out of 5

    DJL

    Life lessons for grown-ups. Some you may know, some you may not know, and not all are present within this book. But those that are sure make for good reading and food for thought whether you've been a grown-up for 5 years, 20 years, or just became one yesterday.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    A Good Refresher It didn’t really tell me anything I don’t know but it would be a helpful reminder from time to time. It’s written in plain english unlike most self-help books I’ve read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steph Carr

    meh. fine for killing time, but nothing really great

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Super quick read. Got me out of a slump

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kasie

    Quick, entertaining read. Best for younger adults.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emmali

    Most are pretty obvious. However their is good humor and some useful ideas to try!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Common sense advice, but at least it's delivered humorously.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Hi, absolutely everyone should own this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Cute, short, charming illustrations. Good reminder that adulthood is pretty tops, but this book isn’t going to change your life in the 45 minutes it takes to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    Fun informative and just some solid advise for being a human.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janna Odenthal

    Cute book that would benefit any young adult and some older that need the encouragement to wear that sunflower hat that they've always loved.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

    Nice short read, good tips for college students to think about growing up.

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