You're Officially a Grown-up: The Graduate's Guide to Freedom, Responsibility, Happiness, and Personal Hygiene

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Simon and Schuster, May 4, 1999 - Humor - 48 pages
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The perfect graduation gift: a wry look at the pleasures and anxieties of leaving home, penned with Judith Viorst's trademark blend of insight and humor.

Millions of young people grew up with Viorst's bestselling children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Now they can take her tongue-in-cheek advice for the next stage in their lives. Warm, funny, compassionate, and reassuring, You're Officially a Grown-Up describes -- in verse and illustrations -- all those terrifying but eagerly anticipated freedoms that go hand in hand with venturing out on your own and trying to make your way in the world.

Ranging from the quandaries of giving up room, board, and the keys to the Ford to the thrills of playing by your own rules, Viorst will touch a nostalgic chord in those "official" grown-ups who have loved her other books about life's milestones. This special keepsake -- written from a loving parent's perspective -- is just the ticket high school and college graduates need for a one-way passage to adulthood.


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About the author (1999)

Judith Viorst's many adult bestsellers range from serious psychology to humorous verse to fiction. They include Necessary Losses, How Did I Get to Be Forty and Other Atrocities, Forever Fifty and Other Negotiations, and, most recently, Imperfect Control. Her children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was recently transformed into a successful musical that was performed at the Kennedy Center and will tour nationwide. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Milton Viorst. They have three sons.

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