Review: How To Be A Grown-Up

Posted June 26, 2018

I received this book for free from bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: How To Be A Grown-Up How To Be A Grown-Up by Daisy Buchanan
Published by Headline on 28th June 2018
Genres: Non-Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: bookbridgr

Have you ever felt lost, anxious, panicky about adulthood?

Have you ever spent a hungover Sunday crying into a bowl of cereal?

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and felt nothing but green-eyed jealousy and evil thoughts?

Award-winning journalist, Grazia agony aunt and real-life big sister to five smart, stylish, stunning twenty-something young women, Daisy Buchanan has been there, done that and got the vajazzle.

In How to be a Grown-Up, she dispenses all the emotional and practical advice you need to negotiate a difficult decade. Covering everything from how to become more successful and confident at work, how to feel pride in yourself without needing validation from others, how to turn rivals into mentors, and how to *really* enjoy spending time on your own, this is a warm, kind, funny voice in the dark saying "Honestly don't worry, you're doing your best and you're amazing!"

Sometimes it’s just nice to read a book that you can relate to. I might be in my thirties and been through a lot in my three and a bit decades on the planet, but I think How To Be A Grown-Up is a phrase I’ll forever ponder (won’t we all) and so Daisy Buchanan’s book called to me.

Ok, full disclosure, I didn’t actually know who Daisy Buchanan was before I picked up this book (if you’re wondering she is an award-winning journalist and Grazia agony aunt), but I now feel like she’s my pal.

Buchanan shares her life with such honesty; the lessons shes’s learned, mistakes she’s made, emotions she has tackled, such that by the end of this book I felt I knew her.¬† From Instagram¬†jealousy to fear of the financial, panic attacks to body image, Daisy writes with honesty, humour, and wit. Her anecdotes are relatable, and I can’t tell you the number of times I felt less alone reading this.

Going through major changes at this stage in my life isn’t something that I ever expected or wanted, but although Daisy’s story is very different to mine, her kindness and advice on being kind to yourself shine through. It has helped me.

Sometimes I fear a book like this can come across a bit ‘preachy’ but that isn’t the case here. Daisy lifts the lid on her life with seemingly nothing off limits – sharing her more difficult times with us as well as the happier times.

I enjoyed Daisy’s writing, her way with words and turn of phrase often appealing to my sense of humour.

Perhaps I related to a lot of this book as I was raised in the same era as Daisy. However, I do feel that those in their 20s will get a lot from this book, maybe a bit like an older sister sharing advice.

20s, 30s or 40s – do we ever really know how to be a grown-up? If this is a question that you often ponder then Daisy’s book is one for you. A perfect easy-to-read book for your Summer TBR.

P.S. I just noticed that the Kindle edition is only 99p on Amazon right now! (Not an affiliate link)