Girl Talk by Christie Young
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Breaking from the tradition of buttoned-up guides for girls, Girl Talk is an illustrated collection of hysterically funny and necessary reflections on life, love, and making it in the modern world.
Combining etiquette tips with true stories from her own not always quite together life, Christie Young proves herself to be adept around managing life’s vicissitudes. Whether you seek advice on handling running out of booze during the holidays or running into your ex on the subway, Girl Talk offers the keys to coping in a world bereft of rhyme or reason.
Let’s talk about:
• Realizing you look exactly like your boyfriend’s sister
• Overthinking text messages and analyzing emoticons
• Looking calm in a bar alone (without the help an iPhone)
• Accidentally stealing something from the farmer’s market
• Choosing between getting to work on time or showering
• Responding to a sexy text your uncle meant to send to his girlfriend
• Organizing your wardrobe, from crop tops to bolo ties
• Handling a roommate who rents out your living room to strangers
• Kicking your Netflix sci-fi marathon habit
And much, much more.
Besides Romance, my second favorite genre is memoir/biographies. Maybe I’m naturally nosy, but I love reading about other people’s lives. When I came across Girl Talk, I was intrigued by the premise because a) I’m a girl and b) I love kitschy books.
Girl Talk was an interesting concept. Instead of paragraph upon paragraph of nagging tell-how information, the book reads as if the pages were taken out of someone’s sketch pad. I enjoyed the drawings and the design of the book, and definitely loved the cover. I was let down by the content though. Right in the blurb it says “hilariously funny”, but I felt the comedic details fell flat. I understood the pop culture references and all, but they just didn’t live up to the hype.
Would I recommend this book? I don’t know. It had great potential, but there was something missing. It is nice to see that I’m not the only female that has these experiences and similar thought processes, so maybe others would enjoy it. I would give the book 2.75 stars, as I did enjoy some aspects of it, but not the actual details.
**I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.