Book Review: Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies

Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern LadiesGoodreads Description

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 Talkoffers 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.



I was really excited about this book. I mean, look at the description! It sounds hilarious.

It wasn’t.

It was so not funny, in fact, that Jimmie told me, “you like like you’re not at all enjoying that.”

I’ll keep this brief.

This book was clearly written by someone at least as old as I am. How do I know this? The references to Destiny’s Child songs, early 90s movies, and the TV show Sister, Sister. I appreciated the fact that I got those references, I really did. HOWEVER. I have a very difficult time believing that anyone my ripe old age of 30 would get much out of this book. It’s clearly geared towards college – or maybe even high school – girls.

There’s nothing funny, nothing wise, and honestly nothing helpful. It’s super cliche. (Owning a cat sometimes spells single? Come on.) It tries to be witty, and it tries to be in-your-face-honest. It’s neither. Most of what’s in this book is common sense. Which would be fine, if it were funny. But it’s not. (Have I said that too much?)

Also, information is presented in super short bits. I suppose that makes it easily digestible. And to be fair, what more is there to say besides “wash the sheets” when discussing what to do when you have your period in bed? Part of this might be my fault – I was expecting an actual book, a la Jenny Lawson. I missed that this is a book of illustrations. Yes, it clearly says that in the description. Yes, I take the blame for not reading that. It wouldn’t have mattered, had the book been decent. Illustrated books can be fun too.

Girl TalkThere were a few (like, two) worthwhile things mentioned. Love yourself regardless of your appearance, and “everything is going to be ok.” Again, a little cliche, but something every girl needs to hear. Right along with never run out of condoms because he’s not going to have any. (Actually, a third good point, but you get the idea.)

But, I’ve saved the best part for last. And that is the message that runs throughout this book. No matter what the situation, no matter what your lot in life…the answer is, quite simply….



Guys….I actually counted the number of times this book talked about food – and not in the way of “here’s a yummy recipe” or “here’s what to serve at a dinner party.” I’m talking about mentioning snacks. Telling me to eat. Assuming I would have snacks in my bag, car, couch, bed, office, etc. It’s got 176 pages. I gave up when I got halfway through the book, and I was up to 50 times. 50 TIMES. FIFTY. FIVE ZERO. On page 85ish, this book had told me to eat. And that was being generous, because I counted the two pages on coffee shops as one mention.

Clearly, someone has a food hangup.

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. 


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