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About the Author

Adam Dachis is a senior writer and art director at Lifehacker and one of the most frequently read authors online. His work is also featured on blogs such as Gizmodo, Gawker, and Jezebel, as well as in Popular Science magazine. He covers a variety of topics, from technology to popular psychology.
 
Erica Elson's articles have been published in Gawker and film reviews in Ioncinema. She's worked every odd job in the book, encountering many awkward situations along the way that inform her writing. Erica's conquered smelly bosses, de-motivational speeches, silent dates, and the seemingly impossible art of interesting small talk.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454911646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454911647
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam and Erica seem to have experienced most awkward thing people can experience. The advice in this book is really good and goes deeper than I realized it would. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting read.
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I was hoping for something a little bit more applicable to my age, but found this to really be written for college age or recent college grads. Honestly I was disappointed. They never explain some if the more tricky things, like keeping somebody with no boundaries in check, but resorted to explaining how to gracefully deal with saying I love you too early, which was just to talk with the person about it. After 20 years of being an adult akward person, I was really looking for help dealing with people who can't have an honest and open discussion for whatever reason, and this book offered absolutely no help in that arena.
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By Justin on December 7, 2014
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Bought for a friend, and I'm thinking about buying one for myself. I read the first chapter and found it to be pretty funny. It also had some tips that are useful, awkward or not. The person receiving the gift loved it and put the tips to use nearly immediately. Regardless of whether you need the tips, it's a funny read, and it's even inexpensive to boot! Bottom line: buy it and enjoy.
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I may be Adam and Erica's number-one fan, but one does not simply become a number one fan, as number-one fanning is not simple. It is books like these which make one a number-one fan of something.

All in all, this is a great, relaxed read for anyone who has ever, will ever, or may ever potentially be involved in an awkward situation. And that's you.

The anecdotes are wonderful, along with the advice about what to say and do when it comes to resolving or cleaning up after some sticky situations (sometimes literally, sometimes not).

Also, one thing I noticed other reviews haven't mentioned: the layout of the chapters is really useful. You can read them in any order you please, and they're divided nicely into categories including social interactions, dealing with society, friends and acquaintances, dating, sex, family, and work. So pretty much every category you'll ever need. It truly is a guide, like an encyclopedia, even.

Finally, be sure to check out The Awkward Human Survival Guide podcast, where you can send in your own questions and have the authors and some of their friends help you out with them. It's over at awkwardhuman.com/podcasts

And no I'm not advertising for them, it's just awesome okay?
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I bought this book to give it as a gift but after reading half of it I wouldn't put this book anywhere other then the trash. It's poorly written and just awful. It's not funny at all and not helpful to anyone I can think of. It's filled with very off putting or just plain gross stories about bottom of the barrel situations and people and if that is your life then you need professional help not this book. I'm glad I read some of it before I actually gave this to someone. Don't waste your money I can't stress this enough. I rarely ever write reviews but this time I had to. It's that bad.
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I had this sitting on my desk at work and a coworker picked it up from the alluring cover. Thirty minutes later he was still reading and when asked why, his reply was "There's some really great info in here!" Granted he's Swedish but he is pretty awkward. Anything that covers pooping during sex is definitely going to cover the gamut of awkwardness :)
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Picking up the book to read for the first time, with no background knowledge of the content, I started reading in a serious mood. "Oh" I said, "this is going to be a good situational advice book" and prepared for and educational chapter. Within three sentences I was laughing out loud and flipping through the other chapters to see what else would be popping up. Then I read one short chapter and had that feeling that I want to salvage the enjoyment of this book out as long as I can. Now I allow myself a chapter a day, hoping the sequel with soon be in the writing stages. Whatever time I read my chapter, it brightens the moment and the advice is "right on", too.
There is something in this book for everyone and I highly recommend it.
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Have never read the book. But I hear Adam every week on the Lifehacker podcast. If someone is socially awkward and can handle the situation great it is him.
So i tell this book is a buy. And to leave it in good old doge style.
Wow, much awesome, so book, very buy, great read, much style, wow.
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