“If there were a book that could try to explain adulthood to us from as many angles and perspectives as possible. This is it. I kind of want to gift one to every teenager in my life right now.”

Your Turn: How to Be an Adult

When I first read Julie Lythcott-Haims’ book How To Raise an Adult I prayed she’d write a follow-up book that I could give to my children before they left home.

Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, It’s engaging and vibrant, full of insight and wisdom, rich with anecdotes not only from Julie’s personal experience but her very diverse group of contributors. It’s the perfect guide-book to help our kids navigate life as an adult.

In Your Turn, Julie offers compassion, personal experience, and practical strategies for living more authentic adulthood, as well as inspiration through interviews with dozens of voices from the rich diversity of the human population who have successfully launched their adult lives.

What Are The Themes Of The Book Speak?

New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims is back with a groundbreakingly frank guide to being a grown-up.

This book is a fun, practical, and non-judgemental toolkit for young adults (and their supporters) to grow and thrive while figuring out their next steps.

What does it mean to be an adult? In the twentieth century, psychologists came up with five markers of adulthood: finish your education, get a job, leave home, marry, and have children.

Since then, every generation has been held to those same markers.

Julie Lythcott-Haims has encountered hundreds of twentysomethings (and thirtysomethings, too), who, faced with those markers, feel they’re just playing the part of “adult,” while struggling with anxiety, stress, and general unease.

Julie’s intersectional voice is accessible to everyone of every age and identity as she charts a path towards living life with awareness, accountability, authenticity and a growth mindset.

She seamlessly weaves profound personal anecdotes with practical wisdom and specific steps to overcome myriad obstacles life presents, many of them of our own making.

The tapestry she’s woven in this amazing guide is filled with beauty, love, and kindness.

What Is The Message Of The Book Speak?

This book takes multiple stories and creates a guide for everyday people working through the struggles of life.

Adulting is hard. Learning how to adult in real-time is even harder. This book helps use research, anecdotes, and tools to help keep things in perspective (ahhh, others find this hard too) and work through the challenges of becoming an adult.

Julie Lythcott-Haims breaks the mold, with this powerful manifesto on finding your own path to being an adult that shares the voices and stories of a tremendous diversity of young adults.

I enjoyed this as a parent and as a person still finding my way through life. YOUR TURN is going to be my go-to graduation gift for years and also my own reference whenever I start to flounder and doubt my own wisdom.

There is no one way to adult, just as there’s no right path through life. This beautifully written, practical and compassionate guide to being an adult will help humans of all ages.

As a parent, it’s hard to make sure my kids will have all the information they need to venture out into the world, and I’m so grateful to Julie for having done the hard work of figuring out exactly what our kids need to know about what being an adult actually means. It’s truly a gift.

“This is the one book you need to read if you’re ready to take up the challenge of becoming your true and vital adult self. It is filled with great stories of people just like you, told by a master storyteller. We need more adults in the world and it really is Your Turn.”
―Bill Burnett, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Designing Your Life and Designing Your Work Life.

“As a wise person once said, ‘Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.’ In all the discussions and debates about the challenges faced by young people today, too little effort has been spent helping them feel empowered, excited, and ready for the challenges of adult life. Julie Lythcott-Haims, after her parenting masterpiece How to Raise An Adult, has turned her skill and wisdom into a guide for living a fulfilling, rich, and meaningful life.”
―Greg Lukianoff, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Coddling of the American Mind.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (April 6, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1250137772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250137777
  • Item Weight: 1.72 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.63 x 1.48 x 9.57 inches

About The Author

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American. She holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She resides in the Bay Area with her partner, their two itinerant young adults, and her mother.


Being an adult, it turns out, is not about any particular checklist; it is, instead, a process, one you can get progressively better at over time. becoming more comfortable with uncertainty and gaining the know-how to keep going. Once you begin to practice it, being an adult becomes the most complicated yet also the most abundantly rewarding and natural thing. And Julie Lythcott-Haims is here to help readers take their turn.

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