How Not to Be a Dick

An Everyday Etiquette Guide

by Meghan Doherty

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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.

✳ IPPY Gold Winner for Humor 2014
✳ YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nominee

“Really? An etiquette book for teens? Yes, really, you butt-faced jerk! See, that right there is “dickish behavior,” a timeless plague for which Doherty has a cabinet full of cures. The atmosphere is pure Dick and Jane: fussy early-reader prose married to bland clip-art-style illustrations starring a deadpan boy and girl. Through these oldfangled characters, Doherty fires absurd twenty-first-century zingers that happen to be really, really, really funny. (When was the last time you LOL’d at a nonfiction book?) Droll humor is one thing, but does Doherty deliver substance? Shockingly, she does, offering teens blunt, no-nonsense advice on the adult world that awaits them….Given the emphasis on roommates, office parties, and alcohol, this is clearly the gift book for next year’s high-school and college grads. After all, we all need the occasional reminder that peeing in the shower is wrong.”Booklist (Starred Review)

Product Details

  • Reading level: 18+
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (October, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-02-7

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1 comment

  1. Angela Hartman says:

    Sep 4, 2013


    I just pinned the cover image of this book to Pinterest. I can’t wait for this one to come out. I am a high school librarian and this book is a necessity for lots of students (and adults) that I know.

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