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59 of 59 found the following review helpful:
Must-have book for 20-something womenNov 18, 2006
I am giddy, absolutely giddy, with delight over this book. First off, let me admit that I love "guides" of this sort, so I was already pretty excited before it arrived. But this truly is a must-have guide for young women. It is a seriously helpful, but also cute and quite funny, book bursting with information that every woman should really have. I own a bunch of this type of book (such as "The Go-Girl Guide," "Three Black Skirts," "Modern Girl's Guide" and "How to Walk in High Heels"), and this is by far the most comprehensive and useful of all of them. It provides serious, expert advice on everything from how to deal with menstrual cramps, which nutritional supplements to take, and how to balance your checkbook, 6 steps to furthering your career, how to buy a house, set the table, avoid cell phone borishness, how to know when a relationship is over, to how to make an all-purpose vinagrette, 8 ways of wearing the same black dress, how to prevent stress, how to deal with roommates, etc. You can open this book to any page and find thoughtful, serious advice gleaned from experts, and presented in a friendly, humorous manner. Kirsch does not dumb down any of her information, but she manages to keep up a lively, fun style of writing that makes learning how to get rid of rodents an engrossing and funny experience, if you can imagine.
I also love the book's format and design. It has lots of great, charming little illustrations throughout, and tons of sidebars, quotes, special topics, etc. to break up the text and make it easy to find information. It has a very helpful appendix with a checklist of things to check when looking at houses or apartments to buy or to rent. I really wish I had that, as well as a lot of other information in this book, before now. This is a wondeful book, and a perfect gift for any women in their 20s or 30s who you care about.
37 of 37 found the following review helpful:
LAUGH OUT LOUD practical guide to lifeNov 21, 2006
Sent this to my college-age daughter and WOW did I hit LOTTO. Yours truly looked "brilliant...way cool dad...awesome book...THANKS". She's gone and purchased books (on my nickel) for all her friends in the dorm. I must confess to reading a few chapters and laughing at loud. While I hate to admit it, I think Girl's Guide has better advice then this ol' dad.
19 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Hilarious yet useful.Dec 03, 2006
By Gretchen C. Rubin
This book somehow manages to be hilariously funny, yet also practical enough to be helpful. I dog-eared many pages -- for example, about how to fix a falling hem with iron-fusible tape (how it possible that I never knew such a product existed?). And it answered many questions I never knew I had, such as: what's the purpose of an underwire bra, anyway? I loved it! Good for a straight read-through or browsing.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Lives up to its title: Everything a girl needs to knowDec 28, 2007
Melissa Kirsch's book is filled to the brim with helpful, practical information that a girl needs to know to survive in this modern world. It's probably most useful for someone in their 20's, but is a great read for women of all ages.
The book is organised into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Health and Body Image (information on diet, exercise, stress, physical and mental health)
Chapter 2: Careers and Work (information on resumes, cover letters, job interviews, networking, office etiquette)
Chapter 3: Money and Finance (covers budgeting, credit cards, investing, renting vs buying)
Chapter 4: Etiquette (includes conversation dos and don'ts, table, wedding and phone etiquette and being a good hostess and guest)
Chapter 5: Friends (advice on living with roommates, being a good friend, balancing friendship with dating and de-friending)
Chapter 6: Dating, Sex and Romance (covers first dates, finding a date and a dateable guy, safe sex, break-ups, moving in and long-term relationships)
Chapter 7: Family (advice on how to get along with your parents and siblings)
Chapter 8: Spirituality (covers spirituality and ethics)
Chapter 9: Home Ec (advice on finding a place to live, keeping house, laundry, cooking and how to deal with difficult roommates)
Chapter 10: Fashion (advice on finding what looks best on you, accessorises, beauty treatments, getting a decent haircut and finding the right bra)
The book is very well-written and researched. The author provides references for a number of excellent books in each chapter if the reader would like further information on a particular topic.
All in all, a fantastic book that every girl should own. It makes a great gift too. Highly recommended!!!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
excellent excellent gift for a young womanFeb 12, 2008
I bought a copy of this as a gift for my cousin who just graduated from college, and she's found it tremendously useful. (I couldn't possibly figure out what her tastes are in terms of clothes or music, so this seemed like a good bet.) The Girl's Guide was right on the money: funny and practical and not at all treating young women like airheads--as the media sometimes does. I think my cousin even emailed the author a question or two and she responded! (About family, natch :))So if you know a young woman who is just starting out, definitely get her a copy of this book. The money advice in particular is great. I wish someone had given me this book in my twenties and then I might have a little more saved up :)
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