Book Review: The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up by Bridget Watson Payne

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Non-fiction

Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] 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.


  • This book was full of practical advice
  • Short and to the point
  • Varied designs (some doodles, some charts, etc)
  • The cover is seriously so cool
  • This book would make a cute gift
  • It was a very quick read


  • Get a damn bra fitting!

My Thoughts: This book was pretty cute. It was full of great advice and affirmations, whether the reader is seeing them for the first time or if they’re a refresher. This would make a good graduation or “just because” gift. I liked the illustrations, and I liked that some of the advice was metaphorical but could be applied in a literal sense. I would recommend this book as a quick pick-me-up or a cute gift.

Bridget Watson Payne

Note: I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affected this review.

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