Adulting Made Easy

Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Grown-Up Act Together

Non-Fiction - Self Help
224 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2021
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Adulting Made Easy by Amanda Morin is a self-help guide for those who are about to embark on life on their own, those who have already taken the leap but made a proper mess of it, and anyone else who happens to or knows somebody else that falls within this sphere. In a straightforward narrative, Morin provides her own personal story with no-frills honesty before breaking the book down into ten separate chapters. Within this structure, real-world information is highlighted under categories ranging from budgeting and job interviews to identity theft and health insurance, moving forward with topics such as laundry, and the importance of expecting the unexpected, among many other things.

Adulting Made Easy is the book I wish I'd had when, exactly as author Amanda Morin describes herself, I left the nest at 19 and fell flat on my face. Thankfully, I am able to confidently project higher hopes onto my eldest daughter based in no small part on what Morin has put out now. Even so, it appears I still have a ton to learn. The recommendation to Google yourself regularly and to even set a Google Alert was not something I even considered, but makes absolute sense in a day and age where social media can derail a career trajectory in the span of a news cycle, whether deserved or not. Morin injects a bit of self-deprecating humor that makes her easy to connect to, and the layout of the book is crafted in such a way that there are highlighted boxes, bullet points, and steps so everything is easy to follow. This is an excellent guide that definitely belongs in the hands of my kids, and likely in the hands of yours too.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Adulting Made Easy by Amanda Morin is appropriately labeled Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Grown-Up Act Together. The author claims she didn’t write this book because she is an expert and has done a fabulous job as a parent; that verdict is still to be seen. She wrote this self-help book to instruct others so they don’t make the same mistakes that she has made. Life is unpredictable; being self-sufficient and ready to face those times successfully is what being an adult is all about. Sometimes young adults don’t even know what they should ask - this book helps them out. This could also be a checklist and reminder for parents. Are you covering all the things your child needs to know before they have to face it alone? 

I found Adulting Made Easy beneficial as Amanda Morin covers things I would never have thought to tell my teenager. The author covered areas in the digital world that many parents are unfamiliar with. The chapters are brief, informative, with personal tips or stories from the author. Amanda Morin adds humor throughout the book and connects with her readers. I like how the author not only hits topics like jobs, insurance, and living situations, but she also keeps things real about relationships. You can do everything right, but if you can’t get along with people, you are failing as an adult. The internet has thousands of examples of adults neglecting people skills and looking like a fool. This book helps prevent most major screw-ups and disastrous decisions.

Joe Wisinski

Adulting Made Easy: Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Grown-Up Act Together is an instructional manual for teens and young adults. Author Amanda Morin says, “It's harder than ever to be an adult,” and her book assists young people in making the perilous transition between adolescence and adulthood. Chapter titles include “Money Matters,” “Getting and Keeping a Job,” and “Navigating Social Media.” There is information about topics such as driving, voting, insurance, and many other matters essential to being an adult in today's world. Numerous examples, scripts, lists, charts, and graphs help make the topics easily understandable. The author also includes her own experiences, such as failing her driver’s license exam the first time, to help teach her readers the realities of 21st-century life. In short, Morin writes about any issues young adults may face.

Adulting Made Easy is an impressive book. As I read it, I kept thinking “I wish I had known that when . . .” with the "when" being the age that the book is targeted at—those in their mid-to-late teen years. Just as impressive as the book itself is the idea for this book. Every teenager should read it. This book should be required reading at high school level. To some, the topics may seem basic, such as how to set up a budget or balance a checkbook. But at some point in our lives, every one of us didn’t know how to do those tasks and therefore could have learned from this book. Author Amanda Morin doesn’t delve overly deeply into any one topic—every conceivable way to invest money, for example—but her fine book isn’t meant for that purpose. It’s written to teach young people the basics of navigating the adult world and does a superb job of that. I highly recommend this book not only to young people, but their parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to make life in today’s world a little easier.