How To Be A Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan

How to be a grown up

My grateful thanks to Georgina Moore at Headline for a copy of How To Be A Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan in return for an honest review.

How To Be A Grown Up was published by Headline on 6th April 2017 and is available for purchase through the publisher links here.

How To Be A Grown Up

How to be a grown up

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!”

My Review of How To Be A Grown Up

A handbook for 20-30 somethings to help steer their way through the digital age.

When I first began reading How To Be A Grown Up I have to confess to thinking ‘Oh good grief. More self-indulgent navel gazing!’ and setting it aside in a grumpy fashion. I didn’t like it at all.

And then I thought about it. I’m not a 20-30 something. In fact I was 56 yesterday! But I have been 20-30 (and I did have a university friend who was, like Rosie, allergic to alcohol). So I picked up the book again and had another go. And I got it! I think it was when Daisy revealed she’d stopped thinking of herself as a child in a grown-up’s world as she developed intergenerational friendships that I realised I had to stop reading How To Be A Grown Up as an adult in a child’s world!

How To Be A Grown Up has a lively and intelligent style that conveys an awful lot of good advice. I think that as I’ve never really had an issue with who I am or what people think of me I didn’t really appreciate just how hard it can be for those who do and what Daisy Buchanan does is provide realistic everyday advice for those struggling. I found the real life comments from others that exemplify her points quite touching at times. Although I appreciate that Daisy is a modern feminist, I would have liked some male views as a balance too so that readers could understand the issues are those of humans and not just women.

The topics covered are varied and relevant from money and mental health to masturbation so that there is something for all readers. The practical ‘Daisy Does This‘ sections dotted throughout give an insight into the author as well as good advice and I think there is real wisdom between these pages. I especially liked Daisy’s letter to herself and the chapter How To Make Mistakes.

So, from initially not liking How To Be A Grown Up, I actually really enjoyed it. Maybe it made me confront my own grown-upness when I didn’t really want to believe I was a grown up at all! I may not have any of the issues dealt with in the book, but reading it made me appreciate the positives I have even more. I think those 20-30 somethings will love it!

About Daisy Buchanan


Daisy is Grazia UK’s resident agony aunt, starting her column Dear Daisy in October 2015 and sharing her wisdom with Grazia‘s 120,000 readers. She has been writing about twenty-something TV favourite Made in Chelsea for four years, with loyal readers following her from Sabotage Times to the Mirror to Bauer’s big 2014 launch The Debrief, racking up over a million page views along the way. Daisy is a frequent fixture in the Guardian‘s ‘most-read’ section, covering everything from trying out masturbation apps to hiring a tutor. She’s a Telegraph Women columnist, and writes regularly for titles including The Daily Mail, Esquire, Glamour, Look, Marie Claire, Stylist, The Pool and The Sunday Times.

Daisy was named in MHCP’s 30 To Watch list in 2015, she won the title Dating Writer of the Year at the 2015 Dating Awards and won the Lifestyle category at the first Words by Women awards. Her internet dating book Meeting Your Match was published in January 2015, and her first book, The Wickedly Unofficial Guide to Made in Chelsea was published as an eBook in Autumn 2013. She’s a regular broadcast contributor, appearing on The Today Show, Woman’s Hour, Last Word, BBC London, 5 Live Breakfast, London Live and This Morning.

You can follow Daisy on Twitter.

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