Unfuck Your Adulting
Dr. Faith Harper, 128 pages, Microcosm Publishing, microcosmpublishing.com, $9.95
These days, you can browse any bookstore’s health and wellness section and find a plethora books telling you how to cut the bullshit, how not to give a fuck
or how to calm the fuck down.
Unfuck Your Adulting by Dr. Faith Harper is no different. Harper compiles quick tips from her life experience and counselling practice to give us advice on how to be an adult.
The writing is casual yet still professional, with tons of personality. “I was about nineteen years old or so and was boo-hooing to my mom on the phone (back when long distance cost fucking bankage) about an epically shitty boss.” Harper maintains her humorous tone throughout the book, and as a result, the book doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, but still strikes a balance between being serious and being funny.
At 128 pages, the book packs in around 40 different pieces of advice. Many aren’t very in-depth, lasting only a couple of pages, but they’re all simple, straightforward and easy to follow. A lot of the tips are things that everyone, not just people on the brink of adulthood, can learn from and apply to their lives. “The oxygen mask really does go on yourself first. That whole martyr bullshit? Fuck it. You deserve quality self-care.”
A majority of Harper’s points are so simple it almost screams common sense (“No one is thinking about you nearly as much as you are worried they are.”), but it’s advice that needs to be said, and it never hurts to have a little reminder every now and then.
Whether you want to unfuck your adulting or just need some guidance on how to navigate life, there’s a little something for everyone in this book.