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Deep down, every woman wants to be a Bad Girl. But after living a life of sweetness and light, it's sometimes difficult to stray from the path. Cameron Tuttle (author of the riotously funny Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road) points the way in The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want. Tuttle offers up tips to help even the saintliest soul find her inner Bad Girl--and then use that power to get better dates (date yourself for a while first, until you're ready to dive in the dating pool); a better job (don't just settle for job satisfaction, aim for "job jubilation, job nirvana, job titillation"); and better parking (pray to Gladys, the universal parking goddess). With its sassy, iced-lavender cover--just the right size to slip into your purse--the Guide is jam-packed with practical and not-so-practical-but-funny advice, including excellent answers to one of life's most pressing questions: What do you do with old bridesmaid dresses? "Drench with ketchup and dress up as Carrie for Halloween"; "Sew into board bags for your snowboard and surfboard"; and, best of all, "Make your bridesmaids wear them in your wedding." Remember: it's great to be a girl, but it's even better to be a Bad Girl. --Sunny "Bad Girl" Delaney

About the Author

Cameron Tuttle is a freelance writer in San Francisco, California. Since writing this book, she rarely ventures outside.

Susannah Bettag is a woman with an on-the-edge humor that has made her a fav with magazines like Seventeen and Ms. She lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bad Girl's
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; English Language edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811828964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811828963
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cameron Tuttle is known for her wit, humor, and books with pink covers. The author of the bestselling Bad Girl's Guides, she is now working on the third novel in a Young Adult series that began with "Paisley Hanover Acts Out," published in 2009.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on June 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
You either get Cameron Tuttle's books and her brand of humor or you don't, Personally I love her books. The Bad Girl's Guide To Getting What You Want, is my favorite of hers. There's good solid advice, but theres also tons of fun and badness without making you want to puke in the book.
This book isn't supposed to be a survival guide, it's supposed to help you realize what you want and then show you that you've got all that you need right in your bad girl self.The book does this by covering major aspects of life clarifying them with humor and showing you different ways to get through [bad] stuff- Like job interviews. Overall I think this book is great for anyone who goes at a life with a sense of humor but not really for those who are looking for a new spiritual outlook or some sort revelation on what it is to be a woman.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gina on February 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whimsical, engaging, flirtatious, this book is less a how-to guide for achieving what you want than a manifesto on treating yourself right. Sure, this book boasts a lot of tips and tricks (many of them hilarious), and some smart advice about jobs and career (e.g. treating your job interview like a TV talk-show appearance). But underlying the specific ideas for "scoring love, fame, money, power, parking spaces and other essentials" is an important message about prioritizing your own happiness. Aim high, dream big, ask for what you want, be happy with yourself before you get into a relationship (of any sort) - these are the real lessons this book has to offer.
As an aside, some women may find troubling Cameron Tuttle's implication that being a bad girl means having a certain approach to sex, e.g. her "Are you a bad girl" quiz: "The last time I got naked with a stranger I was [at 35,000 feet];" "How do you spell relief during a stressfull work day? [o-r-g-a-s-m-s];" "My favorite form of multi-tasking is [faking not having an orgasm in spinning class]." This characterization contradicts the otherwise-clear, empowering theme of the book: that there are an infinite number of ways of being a high-attitude, sassy, and fearless Bad Girl.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I really do laugh out loud every time I open this book. It is packed with hilarious stuff. Crazy, witty, wild bad girl advice about managing your life, your career, your relationships--all with bad girl style. The kind of stuff that makes you pick up your phone and call your sister in Boston to read her an excerpt just to hear her laugh. It's a fun read cover to cover, and also great to leave lying around the house for those moments when you need a laugh. Since reading her books, I've given Cameron Tuttle's bad girl's guides (both this and the Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road) as gifts to my mom (she loves it), my sister (ditto), and all of my bad girl friends. Do yourself a favor and buy this book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie Hickey on December 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you don't have a sense of humor, don't buy The Bad Girl's Guide To Getting What You Want. Among other great advice, this book explains how to get a date, lose a date, get a job and then do as little as possible to keep the job. It is racy, edgy, and often downright crude. I LOVED it. I picked it up in the airport and didn't even have to "lose to loser" next to me on the flight because I was laughing so hard my 7-Up was coming out my nose. If I had been given "the man translator" at age 16, my hair wouldn't be gray today. I especially appreciated the advice on taking the mini vacations (that I deserve) from work. So far this month I've had minor surgery, jury duty and traffic court (but really I've had massages, facials and pedicures). I can't wait to give these as stocking stuffers to all of my friends and family, good and bad alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lilac on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's nice to have a cheeky-style self-help book. Tuttle's irreverence is refreshing and a couple of her lines made me laugh. Nonetheless, it's forgettable nonsense and at $14, a tad too expensive for what is offered the reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elemental Warp on April 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Okay, so some of the suggestions are a little crazy and would never work in the real world. Then again, no one reads Spiderman comic and decides to try to spin spider webs. THis is one of those books that, if you are having a bad day, you can read, get a laugh and feel moderately better. Some of it is actually helpful, should you decide to do it, and some is just plain silly. You'll actually have to use the ol' grey matter to decide which is which. (Don't worry, it won't be that hard.)
Read if you: get into Saturday Night Live humor, like woman-power laughs, have ever had one of "those days" and need a good laugh
Don't read if you: don't get into the ultra-feminism attitude (that's okay, you don't have to), don't enjoy Seinfeld or SNL, etc., want a serious help book (this really isn't serious)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2003
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It's great little book for laughs- with a good message that we forget- to have fun and make our own rules- So, some of the advice is ridiculous, but so what?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By erica on October 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
Slim as this book is, it's actually two books mixed up in each other. They're both good books, worth reading. Sometimes, however, you won't know which one a given page or paragraph belongs to.
The first book is a humorous look at some of the many gutsy, outrageous things you've probably always wanted to do - whether or not you knew it. It includes amusing advice on how to exploit your feminine wiles to score everything from free drinks to free office supplies. It's easy-to-read and nicely illustrated and is good for at least a few laughs.
The second book is a bit of serious advice for the woman who has spent her life fulfilling other people's needs and ignoring her own. The party line: wise up, toughen up, kick your insecurities to the curb, and start getting what you want from life - even if requires extreme measures.
The book becomes confusing when the author brings humor to her serious advice, and the question arises as to what we're meant to take seriously and what we're not. I'm sure the line about stealing other people's drinks with a two-foot straw was a joke. I hope the section about dating yourself before you find a boyfriend - learning to love and indulge yourself - was serious. I'm not sure what to think about the page devoted to getting men to buy you drinks through various forms of flirtation and deception.
Regardless, this much is true of "The Bad Girl's Guide To Getting What You Want": it's funny. It might make you think, it might confuse you, it might make you roll your eyes at the obviousness of its message. But it's funny.
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