How Rude!: The Teenagers' Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out

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Here's an etiquette book that teens will want to read—because it keeps them laughing, doesn't preach, and deals with issues that matter to them, as teens themselves reported in a nationwide survey.

In How Rude!, author Alex J. Packer blends outrageous humor with sound advice as he guides readers through the mysterious world of manners from A ("Applause") to Z ("Zits").

He starts by explaining why etiquette is important—because people who know ...

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Overview


Here's an etiquette book that teens will want to read—because it keeps them laughing, doesn't preach, and deals with issues that matter to them, as teens themselves reported in a nationwide survey.

In How Rude!, author Alex J. Packer blends outrageous humor with sound advice as he guides readers through the mysterious world of manners from A ("Applause") to Z ("Zits").

He starts by explaining why etiquette is important—because people who know how to handle themselves in social situations come out on top, get what they want, feel good about themselves, and enjoy life to the fullest. Fourteen chapters describe the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations at home, in school, and in the world.

Teens learn how to be a host with the most (and a guest with the best), what to do (and not do) when going online or waiting in line, how to deal with rude relatives, how to act at the mall and the concert hall, how to make introductions, who invented manners, and much more. Hundreds of "Dear Alex" questions and answers cover everything from dating to breaking up, thank-you notes to table manners, ethnic jokes to social cliques, skateboarding to celebrating. Survey results reveal what teens, parents, and teachers think about manners and why they're important.

Full of practical tips for every occasion, How Rude! is a serious etiquette encyclopedia—and a hilarious read.

A humorous but practical guide to good manners and social skills, discussing such areas as family life, behavior in public, manners in school, eating, and clothes.

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“The most incredibly readable, enjoyable, laughable, enlightening, and insightful book.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Surprisingly simple ways for teens to respond to and interact with people to get the best results.”—Youthworker

“Humorous, nonthreatening, entertaining, and educational.”
—School Library Journal

 “Makes sense in terms of most young people’s everyday lives.”—Booklist

ALA/YALSA “Popular Paperback for Young Adults”

ALA/YALSA “Quick Pick”

VOYA - Kim Carter
"This is a book about manners. If that makes you feel like throwing up, at least say 'Excuse me' before rushing to the bathroom. (See 'Ralphing' for more on the etiquette of upchucking.)" So begins How Rude!, a rich lode of social and psychological guidance that is eminently readable in measured doses. This tome of etiquette, "the set of rules that give expression to manners," is committed to the belief that "the survival of the human race depends on everyone minding their manners." Packer possesses an uncommon insight into the mind of the adolescent. Unfailingly humorous and frank, he navigates the reader through everything from "The Rituals of Relating" and "Saving the Earth from a Manners Meltdown"-including "The Well Mannered Mall Rat" and dealing with "Carpool Tunnel Syndrome"-to family, school, Internet, friendship, conversation, and "stomach rumblings." The final chapter, "I Beg My Pardon!, Being Polite to Yourself," includes such jewels as "Doing Nothing, Doing Something," goal setting, and giving yourself presents ("Just remember that if you give yourself a present, you have to write a thank-you note"). Additional information on the origins, history, and evolution of various manners and cultural variants are interspersed throughout, along with "True Stories from the Manners Frontier" and dealing politely but effectively with adults ("Two rudes don't make a right"). Charts, surveys, cartoons, reproducible "Codes of Conduct" for various situations, and "Dear Alex" questions and responses break up the text. The chapter quizzes and their "correct answers" are tongue in cheek as often as not, but any reader will readily understand their true intent. This book will require intensive marketing to get into the hands of teenage readers, but it will be worth it. Because "rudeness is an equal opportunity annoyer" and "manners are a great equalizing force in society," this book needs to be widely read. Because it is the most incredibly readable, enjoyable, laughable, enlightening, and insightful book about who we are and who we can be as social beings, this book deserves to be widely read by teenagers and adults alike. Index. Illus. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 5Q 3P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Gr 6 UpFrom its intriguing title to the tongue-in-cheek ideas for dealing with many kinds of situations, teenagers will find this manual humorous, nonthreatening, entertaining, and educational. The narrative is light and lively, and the advice is realistic and practical. The situations covered in the question-and-answer format far exceed those found in standard etiquette books, with section headings such as "Sex-Ediquette" realistic rules for relationships with the opposite sex, Toiletiquette, polite bathroom-sharing, and Netiquette cyberspace behavior codes. The correct way to answer an invitation, which fork to use at a formal dinner, and all of the standard protocols for life in what once was called a "proper" environment are included. Yet there are many scenarios, from sexual situations to in-line skating, that will be relevant to today's teenagers, and questions that many would not be able to ask an adult, yet for which they urgently need answers. They will certainly find guidance here. Charts listing options for correct or incorrect behavior with probable outcomes appear throughout, as are anecdotal snippets entitled "True Stories from the Manners Frontier." Survey results that show what teens think and then what parents and teachers think about the same issues are presented. This volume should be considered ahead of any traditional etiquette book for YAs. They will return to it again and again as they face new and different situations.Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575420240
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/1997
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author


Alex J. Packer received his Ph.D. in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Boston College and his master’s degree in education from Harvard. He has been Headmaster of an alternative school for 11- to 15-year-olds and Director of Education at the Capital Children’s Museum. He is currently President of FCD Educational Services, a Boston-based provider of drug education and substance abuse prevention services to schools worldwide.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    Not for young readers

    This book was checked out of the library, and has since been removed from the school. It has fantastic contents however, if you have certain views on sex, you may not want your child reading it. If you are too chicken to cover the subject this is an alternative. This book should however be two seperate books. The sections on manners and such are so awesome it would be worth cutting out the contents you don't want younger children reading. I myself cover those views and topics myself. You make your judgement with your child.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    Highest praise for How Rude!!

    Parents of Asperger's Syndrome teens and preteens: This is the answer to your prayers! Do you need a way to teach your child the rules for social behaviors? This book covers it all, but best of all the author has a great sense of humor that really reaches kids. I bought it and just left it out-my teen with Asperger's was bringing it to me to share what he was reading. This is as effective as any social skills group we've attended. My neurotypical kid loves it too! Alex J Packer is hilarious, and makes learning manners a riot on every page. Don't rent it, buy it. Your kids will use it for years and years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    This Book is great!!

    I checked this book out from my school library and I had to renew it for 2 weeks cause it was so great. This book tells you everything like about boys and girls, relationships, and lots more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    7th grader loves this book!

    My husband bought this book as a present for our daughter last year when he was away on a trip. She does NOT like to read, it is always a problem getting her to read for class, so it was a great surprise to me that she is reading this book and LOVES it! She received it when she was in 6th grade and now it is the end of 7th and she still uses and reads it. Recently her 5th grade brother had reason for her to help him and they went to the book, him stating he wished he had one too! I have read some if it and it gives good advice on how to respond in different difficult situations, with acceptable responses according to my daughter. She states I give dorky advice, she tells her brother don't say what Mom says you will be a wimp etc. The best recommendation I can give is that my 13 year old thinks it is great and the advice from a parents view is appropriate and well mannered, yet acceptable from a teenagers point of view.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    This was a very interesting book

    I loved this book! I read it from cover to cover! It covers a lot of etiquette issues, but while adding humor at the same time. Also in this book are issues that you normally may not think involve manners: like manners on surfing the net.

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