"Really? An etiquette book for teens? Yes, really, you butt-faced jerk! See, that right there is "dickish behavior," a timeless plague for which Doherty has a cabinet full of cures. The atmosphere is pure Dick-and-Jane: fussy early-reader prose married to bland clip-art-style illustrations starring a deadpan boy and girl. Through these oldfangled characters, Doherty fires absurd twenty-first century zingers that happen to be really, really, really funny. (When was the last time you LOL'd at a nonfiction book?) Droll humor is one thing, but does Doherty deliver substance? Shockingly, she does, offering teens blunt, no-nonsense advice on the adult world that awaits them. Examples: dont stare at a female's boobs during conversation, avoid passive-aggressive Post-its, try to smell like "nothing in particular" if you work in the service industry, don't recline your airplane chair all the way, and on and on. She even drops some mega-wisdom bombs; regarding faith, she writes, "Believing in an idea is kind of like falling in love with a person—it just seems right, even if we can't explain it. Given the emphasis on roommates, office parties, and alcohol, this is clearly the gift book for next year's high-school and college grads. After all, we all need the occasional reminder that peeing in the shower is wrong." —Booklist, Starred Review *IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal, Humor 2014*
How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guideby Meghan Doherty
On the one hand, nobody wants to be a dick. On the other hand, dicks are everywhere! They cut in line, talk behind our backs, recline into our seats, and even have the power to morph into trolls online. Their powers are impressive, but with a little foresight and thoughtfulness, we can take a stand against dickishness today. How Not to Be a Dick is packed/i>
On the one hand, nobody wants to be a dick. On the other hand, dicks are everywhere! They cut in line, talk behind our backs, recline into our seats, and even have the power to morph into trolls online. Their powers are impressive, but with a little foresight and thoughtfulness, we can take a stand against dickishness today. How Not to Be a Dick is packed with honest and straightforward advice, but it also includes playful illustrations showing two well-meaning (but not always well behaved) young people as they confront moments of potential dickishness in their everyday lives. Sometimes they falter, sometimes they triumph, but they always seek to find a better way. And with their help, you can too.
Jokes about cheese logs abound in this humorous but sometimes-belabored etiquette guide ostensibly aimed at teens. Following an introduction that defines what makes a person seem like a dick, seven chapters address situations ranging from initiating romantic relationships to behaving responsibly at after-office get-togethers. An uneasy line is straddled in terms of its intended age range. Readers are dutifully exhorted to make sure they wear proper attire to school dances: "Most schools have dress codes for dances. Read them carefully!" Yet there's also advice on how to politely use a coffee shop as your office if you're working from home. Further, a section on safety and manners at parties seems at times to employ the euphemistic term "sugary beverages" for alcohol and suggests "If you are buzzing on sugar or if someone spiked the punch, DO NOT DRIVE." This cagey approach to the topic of teen drinking is confusing at best and at worst, may strike readers as condescending. There are some funny moments, particularly in the simple black-and-white cartoons of a girl and boy that accompany the text throughout. However, as etiquette goes, there's not much that is new here and a real question of whom this is for. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)
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Meet the Author
Meghan Doherty is the writer and illustrator of How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide. She has created illustrations for other books, including Super Pop! Pop Culture TopTen Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make it Through the Holidays. She has written for the Brooklyn-based web magazine, Brokelyn.com, illustrated for film, and created websites and posters for a variety of clients. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her boyfriend and her dog, Polly.
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Entertaining and enlightening read. Enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to more of the author's work!
This book quite possibly has the best cover I've seen in decades. It's a handsome non-jackteted hardcover, with kitschy retro art. It would make the perfect gift for just about anyone (ages 17 - 35?) who needs some tips on how to behave in this complex hyperconnected world we live in.