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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454911646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454911647
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam Dachis is a senior writer and art director at Lifehacker and one of the most frequently read authors online. His work is also featured on blogs such as Gizmodo, Gawker, and Jezebel, as well as in Popular Science magazine. He covers a variety of topics, from technology to popular psychology.
 
Erica Elson's articles have been published in Gawker and film reviews in Ioncinema. She's worked every odd job in the book, encountering many awkward situations along the way that inform her writing. Erica's conquered smelly bosses, de-motivational speeches, silent dates, and the seemingly impossible art of interesting small talk.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LeslieKM on May 26, 2014
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I was hoping for something a little bit more applicable to my age, but found this to really be written for college age or recent college grads. Honestly I was disappointed. They never explain some if the more tricky things, like keeping somebody with no boundaries in check, but resorted to explaining how to gracefully deal with saying I love you too early, which was just to talk with the person about it. After 20 years of being an adult akward person, I was really looking for help dealing with people who can't have an honest and open discussion for whatever reason, and this book offered absolutely no help in that arena.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on June 22, 2014
Is what I took away from it.

I like the format and the somewhat interesting read, but it was too short, generic, and limited to the inexperienced. Basically what it is, is all the gossiping and whispering you hear resulting from other people's awkward interactions. Does as good of a job as tabloid columns and young adults on commentary of Justin Bieber.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RRRRRRR on April 7, 2014
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Adam and Erica seem to have experienced most awkward thing people can experience. The advice in this book is really good and goes deeper than I realized it would. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting read.
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This book is hilarious. It is also a great resource for handling a bunch of life's more uncomfortable social situations.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rose lebewitz on April 19, 2014
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Picking up the book to read for the first time, with no background knowledge of the content, I started reading in a serious mood. "Oh" I said, "this is going to be a good situational advice book" and prepared for and educational chapter. Within three sentences I was laughing out loud and flipping through the other chapters to see what else would be popping up. Then I read one short chapter and had that feeling that I want to salvage the enjoyment of this book out as long as I can. Now I allow myself a chapter a day, hoping the sequel with soon be in the writing stages. Whatever time I read my chapter, it brightens the moment and the advice is "right on", too.
There is something in this book for everyone and I highly recommend it.
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By Julianne on July 28, 2014
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Fun to read, interesting to analyze. Awesome to realize I'm not the only one who has crazy awkward things happen around me.
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