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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; 1ST edition (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595144382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595144386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DEREK BLASBERG is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Classy. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he graduated from New York University in 2004 with degrees in Dramatic Literature and Journalism, and began his fashion career at Vogue magazine. He has written about the fashion industry, the New York art scene, and the international social swirl for publications such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, VMagazine, VMAN, The New York Times Magazine, Interview magazine, and Style.com. Equal parts Midwestern good boy, Manhattan man-about-town, and international enthusiast of style, he has seen the good, the bad, the Botoxed, and the rhinestone-encrusted. Blasberg currently lives in New York City with his daschund, Monster. Learn more about him at www.derekblasberg.com.

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Derek Blasberg was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Since graduating from New York University in 2004 with degrees in Journalism and Dramatic Literature, he has written about the fashion industry, the New York art scene and the international social swirl for publications such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, V Magazine, Interview, the London Sunday Times and Conde Nast's Style.com. Equal parts Midwestern good boy, Manhattan man-about town and international enthusiast of style, Blasberg has a unique perspective on some of the world's chicest ladies--and biggest tramps!

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I had a hard time putting this book down!
kristinlee
This works well to project his views to the best qualified, dignified and personified ways possible.
ChristineB
Wish I could refund this ( got it on kindle) dumb piece of crap of a book.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By j on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
For an author who claims to understand and promote manners, "Very Classy" is shockingly devoid of them. It is a good clue to the supposed classiness of this book that the premise is based on designating grown women "girls" and "tramps" -- it is even on the title page. It begins with a tiring monologue of blatant self-promotion, peppered with insults, and the rest of the book unfortunately follows suit. The author's apparent association with famous people of poise does nothing to improve his credibility; money and fame have little to do with grace. He mocks women (both "victorian" and "slutty", in his words) with nasty remarks, and includes photos of himself hanging all over ladies of the red carpet that do little to charm or entertain.

Mr. Blasberg repeatedly insists that a woman's way to "classiness," by which he means mannerliness, is through the material and the superficial. The very first sentence of the first chapter emphasizes the importance of the way a woman looks to other people and the importance of fashion rather than character. Any advice actually pertaining to manners are so obvious the reader could pick it up in almost any other etiquette-related text. Preferably one that does not insult under the guise of humor. Classy indeed.

This book is style over substance, the very opposite of mannerly behavior, and a good dose of gentlemanliness on the part of the author would go a long way to save it. Perhaps we should start with concerning ourselves over whether a woman is gracious, rather than teasing out whether or not she is wearing underwear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Briony on April 21, 2013
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I did not enjoy this book, in fact I found it so uninteresting that i have put it down and do not intend to finish it. Without wanting to be too negative in my review I will just say this - there are so many wonderful books out there to read, this unfortunately is not one of them.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rose Gaylen on April 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
The contents of this book, while presented in a fun way is mostly common sense. Unfortunately, and in Blasberg's favor, most young girls these seem to be without this sense. It's ideal for the 13-18 year old, someone 'cool' to tell them no you should not wear those awful pajamas to school, and please do something other than pile your hair in a rat's nest on top of your head.

I liked reading it without taking it too seriously... it's obviously meant to be humorous. What prevents it from being a really good book, that is, a bit less obnoxious, is that the author uses it as a platform to shamelessly show off the number of celebs and models that he knows, and the parties he goes to. However if you are as well-mannered and elegant as he is, and coaches you to be, than maybe, just maybe, you'll be invited in with this crowd too.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harrisarol on November 13, 2011
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The Miss Manners for the modern girl...or her trampy friend. Where "Miss Manners Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior" will teach you how to properly dissect a fish under social conditions, "Very Classy" is geared more towards the more humors side of social conundrums. Written as more of a homage to his classy friends, Derek is positive, sharp and tactful when broaching the subject of: always wearing undergarments in photographs and giving your trampy friend a thesaurus for her birthday.
By the end of this book you will surely feel that Derek is your new GBF.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ChristineB on January 6, 2012
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Derek Blasberg's "Very Classy" gets my vote!
If don't know your water glasses from your wine, or you believe menstrual cycles are appropriate cocktail conversation then read on. I'll admit, I always wondered why wasn't there a how-to book given at birth to girls and boys with their jabs. Socializing is an art, dressing the part, behaving with dignity, communicating with grace, being well groomed, allowing to project your own style and behaving well are taken for granted. Derek Blasberg has taken his Hollywood, fashion and culture knowledge and cramed it in neat little package called ''Classy''. This is a now-to guide when your girlfriends aren't availible and mothers rules of etiquette wouldn't be well received in modern day world. (nobody kisses girl's hands anymore, and nobody objects to you wearing dark eyeshadow at 20).

Now, of course, Derek being De-rek ( and I followed his career for a long time now) would include countless list of his celeb friends as supporting pillars of society and to model those who aren't. This works well to project his views to the best qualified, dignified and personified ways possible. I don't object to good marketing standards or open ambition. I don't sing empty praises, either. This little black book should be a compulsory read starting at 15 (and hidden among other books for later on in life, as a little reminder). Not much to be learned there some may say, but then again, was common sense ever guaranteed later in life?

The best part of the book is the blunt, easy-to-use and well structured how-to approach to life. Think of it as small, tiny reminder of manners and good sense. This shows how to serve life with a panache and win socially.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren McDowell on July 22, 2013
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This book is great, so funny and informational. Derek's wit keeps you wanting more and wondering what will be covered next. Every question you want to ask but are afraid to ask is addressed. A+
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