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Things You Need To Be Told Paperback – October 1, 2001
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Another thing that makes it hard to relate to the Etiquette Grrls is their Attitudes. The only Actual Etiquette in this book involves things like introducing people to Each Other, and not talking on your cell 'phone (yes, they Do Indeed write it 'phone) During A Movie. The rest of the book is full of things like their fashion advice--which is not All That Good. Be warned, Dear Reader, that The Etiquette Grrls think the height of slightly edgy fashion is wearing Doc Martens and Urban Decay nail color. Also interesting is the Dating Advice, in which you learn that girls should not Ask Boys For a Date, and the best way to Manage Your Boyfriend is with a system of punishments based on the Demerit Systems of their New England Boarding Schools. Sadly, I am Not Kidding.
They also sound Quite A Bit Snobby, managing to offend my Southern Sensibilities by claiming that "Grits is not a food." They make fun of clothing, music choices, and events which are Not To Their Taste. Which seems to me to be The Height of Rudeness. I, like the Etiquette Grrls, do not enjoy NASCAR, but I would never suggest that it is not a "proper" place for anyone to be.
So the advice of The Etiquette Grrls will only Be Of Great Interest to other well-bred women who are products of New England boarding schools, and I'd imagine those "grrls" need no help from The Etiquette Grrls as they would have learned All Of These Things Already.
I was myself raised in Paris till my late teens, and have travelled quite a deal around the world and mastered several languages, including Latin and Classical Greek. However, I consider it outmost pretention and rudeness to drop in foreign words in my English conversation in order to sound "sophisticated".
Also, what is up with all the capitalized words? Improper use of grammar is tacky.
As far as choosing which cocktail, I consider it ridiculous to judge who you are by what your taste buds crave for at the moment. There are times that I enjoy a blue Hawaiian, and others when I could get by with a French 75. It all depends on MY mood, not some other person's opinion.
Real sophistication and class is within. People who look for material things to seek validation are extremely insecure, and that is the outmost lack of style.
They start out by telling you how to set a table (something covered much more adequately in either Emily Post or Miss Manners). They don't get much wrong there, but once they start on fashion their advice becomes laughable. The Etiquette girls have confused Good Manners and Good Grooming with Purchasing Power. The quality that sets one apart from the unwashed masses, is, apparently, the ability to afford Coach bags and Ann Taylor Cashmere twinsets. Indeed, the only thing that seems to save them from the black skirt/twin set automaton look is their bravery in choosing nailpolish colors. Urban Decay creates colors that make the Etiquette grrls feel a little better in their extremely limited world of fashion. On the back of the book, the picture of the Etiquette grrls shows them dressed exactly alike: Little black dress, string of pearls. They look like a matched set of bookends.
When they tackle the social scene, it really does become pathetic. They are truly convinced that making catty remarks about the clothing and appearance of other party guests makes them seem witty. They think their ability to mix canned artichoke hearts with mayonnaise and bake it in the oven makes them accompmlished hostesses.
By the time they get to relationships, they have long since lost all credibility and the book becomes merely laughable.Read more ›
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I like cleverly funny books, and this looked like it might be amusing, so I tried it. I think they may have been trying to be funny (at least I really hope so), but a lot of it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Once in a Blue Moon
I adore this book! What a refreshing outlook on life, particularly when faced with an onslaught of rude and tacky behavior from society in general. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SarahCaligirl
Three stars here because it's a "curious" book that was obviously written by young "grrls" of a particular era. I would not recommend it as an etiquette book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Old Enough to Know
I really enjoyed this book. I have to admit that I knew the lovely young women who wrote it and understood the tone ( a bit tongue in cheek) they used in writing it.Published 5 months ago by Helen in Fresno
I bought both the TYNTBT and MTYNTBT books years back, when I was in middle school. I enjoyed them both then and even more so now - they are both still on my bookshelf and have... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dorwoman
I love this book, and it's sequel More Things You Need To Be Told. I read it years ago when it first came out, and enjoyed it so much, as subtle help for some friends with a sense... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Victoria Sheridan
A light-hearted and clever look at navigating the modern world amongst those others who are polite and those who, unfortunately, do indeed need to be told some things. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kelli O'Brien
Sadly, my original review was deleted after one of the authors complained to Amazon about it being too harsh. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Queen Bee
I found this book in a housemate house, someone left it when they moved out, I can see why they didn't want to take it with them. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by L.A. CA