Recent Reads: Girl Talk by Christie Young

Girl Talk by Christie Young Review - Paper Swallow Events

I think I've mentioned before that I like to read. I've always been interested in reading a little bit of everything. Instead of preferring genres I tend to go through phases where I will read more of one genre and then, after a few weeks or months, I'll switch to a different one. I like to know a little bit about everything and adore a well-told story. 

One of my recent reads has been Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies by Christie Young. Here is the description from the back of the book:

"Throwing a dinner party, moving to a new town, posting on Instagram, THE CHALLENGES TODAY'S MODERN WOMAN FACES ARE ENDLESS. Not only do we need to know how to make a Tom Collins: we need to know what to do when we accidentally call Tom, Colin. 

Combining etiquette tips with true stories from her own not-always-quite-together life, Christie Young illustrates that managing life's vicissitudes - from running out of booze during the holidays to running into your ex on the subway - is totally doable."

From the back this sounded like an entertaining and relevant modern etiquette book. (What can I say, I'm a wedding planner, I love reading different perspectives on etiquette.) The book I ended up reading was quite different from the description, however. 

Ms. Young is engaging and amusing, and her illustrations are whimsical, quirky, and casual. She knows how to mix humor with awkward truth, but I found the etiquette aspects of the book lacking. The book read more like an interesting melding of a diary with a book of guidelines and felt a little like it was written for people going into college instead of the young women, out of college and living on their own that the content was definitely geared towards. 

In the beginning Young had some decent advice regarding things you should think through when moving to a new city and there was a good section about thinking through whether you are the type of person that would work well with a roommate, but these were less etiquette and more helpful tips. Between the sections of advice there were amusing pages full of witty banter that provided her perspective on things like different types of neighbors you may have and what it's really like to go to a music festival. While these sections were entertaining, I don't think I enjoyed them to their fullest extent because I was feeling misled by the back cover. 

In closing, if you're looking for a quick read that will make you smile and doesn't shy away from some awkward situations that most of us women have worried about at one point or another, then this book would be a good read for you. If you want actual etiquette advice or to feel newly enlightened regarding the plights of modern womanhood, then this book is probably not for you. 

Have you read any books about etiqette for the modern woman that I should check out? Or, have you read this book and what did you think of it?

xoxo, Stacia

This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books. All opinions are 100% my own.