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How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace Hardcover – August 13, 2009
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What I find most obnoxious is that this isn't an etiquette book but an excuse to rant about the author's hatred/insecurity regarding "stupid girls." It's entirely possible to establish the value of poise and class without dragging other women through the mud. The true foundation of courtesy is to respect others, and there's none of that here.
Kindle formatting is sloppy to boot.
What I got instead was complete and utter garbage.
Instead of focusing on Hepburn (which I am sure is the reason over half of the people purchased this book), the author instead does a good deal of name-dropping, talking about her own life, calling other women stupid (this book's first chapter is entitled Stupid Girls), and generally making fun of/bashing anybody who DARES to have a different opinion than herself. The author is so much more Hilton than Hepburn that it's almost UNFATHOMABLE.
It's also distinctly against any sort of progressive ideals/feminism and directly states that if you DARE to call a man who gives you his phone number, you are stalking him and he is a "poor boy" who NEEDS to run away from you. She also idolizes men pursuing women in cases where the women repeatedly rejected him, and then finally gave in to his incessant demands for dates. This has double standard written all over it, and it's sickening.
If I had a daughter, I would rather her bedazzle her cell phone with pink rhinestones than read this garbage any day of the week. If I could give it less than one star, believe me, I would.
Was Hepburn's iconic role not a quirky, whimsical free spirit? Jordan sets herself as an example, instead of Hepburn, a bland and catty debutante who always aspired to be a broodmare. The idea on becoming well-read and developing a vocabulary had my chin on the floor for it's banality. She tears down reality TV, but admits to secretly loving The Hills and seems to have no shame over her affection for "chick lit" and chick flicks, which are regarded by actual art esthetes as brainless garbage. Her prime accomplishment in life seems to be getting a husband who talks about women in clothes they are too heavy for looking like "10 lbs of poop in a 5 lb bag," a mental image I would not expect from a book on class and manners, who also helped her in assertive letter writing exercises--- which, by the way, was a worthless anectdote to include, since smiling like Stepford Barbie is the way she ended up getting respect in the workplace, according to the chapter on hard work. I should have stopped at the first chapter, since I've met women like this, and it's not their prudishness that grates on me, but their obliviousness. Read the list of "types" of ladies she breaks down by style. I don't think Jordan has interacted with anyone outside her bubble of her female family, girls like her, and her TV and tabloids. (Also, all boob jobs are "shoddy" and wasted money, but pushup bras are encouraged (?) ) I continued reading for the trainwreck factor, whereas I just always changed the channel on the Hollywood media caricatures Jordan delights in tearing down on every page. The light goes off, the light goes on with this author.Read more ›
"Catty comment. Self-righteous comment. Several judgey sentences about why girls who only leave one button undone are infinitely better than those who leave two buttons undone. One sentence about double standards. Name drop. Celebrity quote. Mediocre recommendation!"
AUGH. It may be true that neither Audrey nor Katharine ever owned a bejeweled pink phone. I really don't think that's the basis of their appeal. If this is the manual for the new woman, our intellects should all be insulted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a Christmas gift for my son's girlfriend. A very prim and proper young lady and she thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by Misty Dawn
As a fan of Audrey Hepburn, my attention was immediately caught when I read this title. Would recommend this book to a new or non Christian girl.Published 6 months ago by Mem
Are you looking for the kind of book that screams "I'm perfect and and everyone who isn't like me is garbage!"? LOOK NO FURTHER! Read morePublished 10 months ago by C.J. Carver
Terrible read. The premise of Audrey could be left out completely. I've read better blogposts by Jr. high students.Published 10 months ago by Suzanne Smith