Hilarious Books About Adulthood That Are Too Real

Growing up, we all thought that adulthood would be serious business. We believed that our behavior as a stubborn toddler would turn to patient understanding and that all of the awkwardness from our formative years would simply melt away. Most of us are still waiting for this adult-like maturity. Sarah Anderson’s expertly crafted book, Adulthood is a Myth is an absolutely hilarious and highly relatable look at what it’s really like to be an adult. Take a peek:

Because this still happens, and will always happen:


And because this will inevitably happen…

The whole book is great; if I could I would post the whole thing! Anderson has it down- adulthood really is a myth. She is not the first author to portray the lies of being a ‘grown-up’ in literature while making you roll on the ground with tears of laughter. Here are some more books of comedic genius that uncover the ridiculous truth behind adulthood:  

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh


Like Anderson, Brosh portrays life through quirky images and embarrassing-yet-realistic thoughts and dialogue that show how awkward adulthood is. Brosh also reflects on her childhood the way any adult would, like questioning how she got away with being such a little brat (a big portion of Hyperbole is about Brosh’s parents, and their wonderful parenting style). And if her book isn’t enough for you, check out her colorful website.   

Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary


Magaray is a father, a deeply caring, witty father, with the excellent ability to write about his experiences as an adult and raising children in America. The title alone Someone Could Get Hurt is hilarious, and most parents probably mutter it under their breath every time something involves their own kids, or someone else’s. This brilliant memoir details the selfless acts of parenting, as well as the overwhelming and constant fear that comes with it.

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts About Being a Woman by Nora Ephron


We don’t always admit what irks us about ourselves, but Ephron candidly discusses what many of us like to keep quite. While she specifically talks about being a woman and getting older, about menopause and self-maintenance, her dry humor and honest discourse are definitely engaging (even to those who aren’t aging women). 

You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left by Corey Taylor


“When people suffer under the illusion that their time and attention is more important than everyone else’s, no matter how mundane the occasion may be, I snap like a piece of dried-up driftwood, waiting to be set fire at the pyre.” 

You’re Making Me Hate You is like our inner monologue while witnessing the incompetence of others, written with a lot of comedic aggression.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding


There’s a reason Fielding’s novel was a national bestseller, subject to a film and musical adaptation, and the winner of the 1998 British Book of the Year. Bridget Jones is so truthful, so funny, and so dang real. She is an unlikely heroine- struggling, like the lot of us, to control her indulgent behavior, to lose those pesky pounds, to hang out with her amazing friends, and to find romance. As she , she highlights the absurdities of adulthood.

Featured image from Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen.