How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide, Meghan Doherty


I realised about halfway through this book that it wasn’t going to get any better, or any funnier. But I finished it anyway because I didn’t want to waste a whole half a book. Thanks a lot, Bookstravaganza. What really grinds my gears is that How Not to Be a Dick had so much potential to be funny–solid title, good Dick and Jane-style illustrations, and a subject matter with lots of potential. But sadly, there were no laffs here.

How Not to Be a Dick is exactly what its title says–a guide on how not to be a dick. The problem is that most people reading the book are likely to know how not to be dicks, though they may slip up sometimes. People who don’t know how not to be dicks? Unlikely to read this book. The content was so basic that it just wasn’t helpful–there were no tips on how to deal with sticky etiquette situations, but rather on things like how to walk on a sidewalk so you’re not blocking someone’s path.

I guess this could be a good passive aggressive gift, but beyond that, it is sadly lacking.

Books read: 3


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