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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 10.6.2009 edition (August 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599951835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599951836
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jordan Christy is a publicist for Warner Bros. Records and has worked with dozens of artists and celebrities, in addition to various TV and media outlets. She has also written for local and national fashion magazines and music trade publications. She currently lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Drew.

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A music industry publicist and author of How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton Word, Jordan Christy has been featured everywhere from The Today Show to The London Times. Jordan speaks to young women around the world on topics such as self-respect, fashion, and relationships. She currently lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and baby daughter. To get exclusive How to Be a Hepburn news and updates, follow Jordan on Twitter www.twitter.com/jordanchristy, or visit www.jordanchristy.com.

Customer Reviews

Not very classy in my book.
amzical
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."
sonia luisa
I read this book and then gave to my 15 year old sister.
Bride2be

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166 of 175 people found the following review helpful By sonia luisa on October 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was hoping for protips on being classy, but this is just a slut shaming tirade. The writing is tedious. I already bought the book; surely it is obvious I am not invested in being a tramp? Yet I'm still reading chapters about why it's a bad idea.

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.
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105 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Katelyn on June 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Containing some good tips such as read, set goals, and smile, the author was constantly bashing things like The Hills and push up bras then recommending them in the next chapter. Her unending criticism of people whom she refers to as "the stupids" irritated me to no ends. While I am not a fan of MTV, hot pink lip gloss, or chasing after guys I still find calling someone stupid is not the way to go. What bothered me the most was instead of focusing on kindness and compassion for others, just as the late Ms. Hepburn was famous for, the author was more focused on her write-ups on people, mostly based on their clothes and not their hearts. She failed to realize that you shouldn't always judge a girl by her skirt length.
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Klassen on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had such high hopes for this book. I was so excited when it came in the mail today that I'm over halfway done with it. I'm 20 years old and am more than capable of behaving like a lady, but I was curious to see how the author worked the ideals of Audrey Hepburn's by-gone era into modern literature.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Burgundy Damsel VINE VOICE on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although the title was catchy, a more appropriate title would have been "How Not to be a Tramp". Christy brought upbeat cheerfulness to her writing, but the book is less about refinement than it is a pep talk for baffled, indignant coeds who can't understand why their late (drunken) nights, party-girl Facebook pages and skimpy clothing are putting off potential employers and nice, decent guys.

When you have to start with explaining WHY it's a bad idea to dance half-naked on tables, progress takes the form of being able to get fully dressed, learning to apply non-hooker-style makeup and beginning to generate a sense of respect for self and others... not an "art of living with style, class, and grace."

Although everything Christy said was valid, and she clearly brings the heart of a practical, compassionate girlfriend trying to help another girl out to her writing, I'm not sure this book is positioned to be successful. Those who really need the message are unlikely to either read it or be persuaded by its common sense. Those who will read it looking to improve their classy selves will find nothing in it they didn't already know.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Van Loon on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For a heart-to-heart of a different kind, Jordan Christy's How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class and Grace (Hachette) is the kind of advice book most every generation needs. Unfortunately, the people who most need Jordan Christy's advice - the skanky girls who use Paris/Britney/Kardashians as role models - would probably never pick up this breezy book. But for young women trying to figure out how to navigate a world where immodesty and agressive sexual behavior rules, Christy's smart, sweet book of advice is like pep talk from someone who is channeling a combo of Miss Manners, your wise grandmother, and yes, Audrey Hepburn.

With chapters discussing topics like language, friendships, clothing and dating, you'd think this book might read like a giant, pruny scold from an never-married aunt born during Queen Victoria's reign. But Christy writes with the bubbly confidence of someone who is navigating these waters NOW, and has made the choice to rise above vapid shallowness. She tosses store names (Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters) and sprinkles pop culture references (Ashton Kutcher) into timeless advice like "don't call him - wait for him to call you".

In fact, those date-stamped "right now" references may give this book a relatively short shelf life. But for young (20-35) women trying to figure out who they're going to be, Christy's cheerful wisdom may be just what they need right now to march into their tomorrows with class and a cute pair of shoes.
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