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The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want Paperback – October 1, 2000
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About the Author
Susannah Bettag is a woman with an on-the-edge humor that has made her a fav with magazines like Seventeen and Ms. She lives in San Francisco.
Top Customer Reviews
This book isn't supposed to be a survival guide, it's supposed to help you realize what you want and then show you that you've got all that you need right in your bad girl self.The book does this by covering major aspects of life clarifying them with humor and showing you different ways to get through [bad] stuff- Like job interviews. Overall I think this book is great for anyone who goes at a life with a sense of humor but not really for those who are looking for a new spiritual outlook or some sort revelation on what it is to be a woman.
As an aside, some women may find troubling Cameron Tuttle's implication that being a bad girl means having a certain approach to sex, e.g. her "Are you a bad girl" quiz: "The last time I got naked with a stranger I was [at 35,000 feet];" "How do you spell relief during a stressfull work day? [o-r-g-a-s-m-s];" "My favorite form of multi-tasking is [faking not having an orgasm in spinning class]." This characterization contradicts the otherwise-clear, empowering theme of the book: that there are an infinite number of ways of being a high-attitude, sassy, and fearless Bad Girl.
Read if you: get into Saturday Night Live humor, like woman-power laughs, have ever had one of "those days" and need a good laugh
Don't read if you: don't get into the ultra-feminism attitude (that's okay, you don't have to), don't enjoy Seinfeld or SNL, etc., want a serious help book (this really isn't serious)
The first book is a humorous look at some of the many gutsy, outrageous things you've probably always wanted to do - whether or not you knew it. It includes amusing advice on how to exploit your feminine wiles to score everything from free drinks to free office supplies. It's easy-to-read and nicely illustrated and is good for at least a few laughs.
The second book is a bit of serious advice for the woman who has spent her life fulfilling other people's needs and ignoring her own. The party line: wise up, toughen up, kick your insecurities to the curb, and start getting what you want from life - even if requires extreme measures.
The book becomes confusing when the author brings humor to her serious advice, and the question arises as to what we're meant to take seriously and what we're not. I'm sure the line about stealing other people's drinks with a two-foot straw was a joke. I hope the section about dating yourself before you find a boyfriend - learning to love and indulge yourself - was serious. I'm not sure what to think about the page devoted to getting men to buy you drinks through various forms of flirtation and deception.
Regardless, this much is true of "The Bad Girl's Guide To Getting What You Want": it's funny. It might make you think, it might confuse you, it might make you roll your eyes at the obviousness of its message. But it's funny.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i picked this book up and knew right away that i needed to get it for a special bad girl. watch out tho if you give this to a woman and have a problem with empowered women...Published on March 7, 2014 by KarlosGue
What woman in our days wouldn't like more information on how to develop her bad side? Being bad definitely rules!Published on October 11, 2013 by Leana Aymoré Jacob
This book is so cute. It's really all about being bold and unapologetic about what you want in life and kind of mischievous. I wouldn't take all the advice, but some of it is good! Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Bean
My girl friends and I had a field day with this book. Our dorm room was packed with all of us trying to answer the questions at the same time. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Mobetta
This book is fun! I had a good laugh. I shared it with my friends, and they had a good laugh. If you are overlly sensative or in anyway prudish you may not get it or like this... Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by CoffeeLover
Definitely a book to make you laugh and lift your spirits. Not all the advice is practical or to be taken seriously, which should be obvious to the reader. Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by RMarie
I gave this a as a gift to my best friend and she thought it was excellent. Funny and uplifting. I plan on buying the rest of the "Bad Girl's Guides" to give as gifts or maybe to... Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by Mary P. Lamb
THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE! IT WAS SO STUPID, I CANNOT BELIEVE I WASTED MY TIME READING NOR MY MONEY BUYING IT. IT IS COMPLETELY IMMATURE AND RIDICULOUS. Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by C. Daumke