Review: How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty

November 21, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 12 ★★★★

How Not to be a Dick

On the one hand, nobody wants to be a dick. On the other hand, dicks are everywhere! They cut in line, talk behind our backs, recline into our seats, and even have the power to morph into trolls online. Their powers are impressive, but with a little foresight and thoughtfulness, we can take a stand against dickishness today. “How Not to Be a Dick” is packed with honest and straightforward advice, but it also includes playful illustrations showing two well-meaning (but not always well behaved) young people as they confront moments of potential dickishness in their everyday lives. Sometimes they falter, sometimes they triumph, but they always seek to find a better way. And with their help, you can too.

An entertaining yet informative guide, How Not to Be a Dick managed to make reading about etiquette less of a pain.  The illustrations were a cute accompaniment to the advice that was being given.  I believe this is geared towards young adults, likely those just entering the workforce because the advice seemed to cover a fair number of scenarios for teens or perhaps college folk, but also the work environment and dating/flirting.

If anything this would make an interesting table top book for guests to flip through and an excellent gag gift for that friend in your life who is constantly stumbling with the faux pas.


How Not to Be a Dick (An Everyday Etiquette Guide)

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12 Responses to “Review: How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I used it as an excuse to teach my husband etiquette. So while he was watching The Family Guy or South Park – I’d be reading out loud just to bug him. Because isn’t The Family Guy and South Park the opposite guide to etiquette? But I know what you mean – definitely not something I would normally read either. Now it will make an excellent holiday white elephant party regift!

  1. Jaime Lester

    Um, how can I NOT want to read a book with a title like that? It just sounds too stinkin cute to pass up!

      • Jaime Lester

        Not the etiquette part, but the How Not To Be A Dick part of it. I mean, really! And I would definitely give it as a gag gift. I can think of a few people who would get a kick out of it!