Really? An etiquette book for teens? Yes, really, you butt-faced jerk! See, that right there is "dickish behavior," a timeless plague for which Doherty has a cabinet full of cures. The atmosphere is pure Dick-and-Jane: fussy early-reader prose married to bland clip-art-style illustrations starring a deadpan boy and girl. Through these oldfangled characters, Doherty fires absurd twenty-first century zingers that happen to be really, really, really funny. (When was the last time you LOL'd at a nonfiction book?) Droll humor is one thing, but does Doherty deliver substance? Shockingly, she does, offering teens blunt, no-nonsense advice on the adult world that awaits them. Examples: dont stare at a female's boobs during conversation, avoid passive-aggressive Post-its, try to smell like "nothing in particular" if you work in the service industry, don't recline your airplane chair all the way, and on and on. She even drops some mega-wisdom bombs; regarding faith, she writes, "Believing in an idea is kind of like falling in love with a person—it just seems right, even if we can't explain it. Given the emphasis on roommates, office parties, and alcohol, this is clearly the gift book for next year's high-school and college grads. After all, we all need the occasional reminder that peeing in the shower is wrong. —Booklist, Starred Review
About the Author
Meghan Doherty is the writer and illustrator of How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide
. She has created illustrations for other books, including Super Pop! Pop Culture TopTen Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make it Through the Holidays
. She has written for the Brooklyn-based web magazine, Brokelyn.com
, illustrated for film, and created websites and posters for a variety of clients. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her boyfriend and her dog, Polly.