BOOK DISCUSSION: Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck by Amy Alkon

Alkon_Good Manners
St. Martin’s GriffinB

I bought this book when it debuted in 2014. Everyone was ranting & raving, every fashion girl I followed on social media & their mother was reading it & I wanted IN!

I read the first 10 pages. It felt like a bash session & I instantly wanted OUT. I was also in college & busy reading a ton as an English Lit major–I didn’t have time to entertain this book that felt very pretentious, despite its plea to be the opposite.

Flash forward to January 2018. It’s cold af here in New York, so I avoid going outside at all costs. I decided to give Amy Alkon’s Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck another shot.

Nope. Made it to page 46 this time though! Unfortunately, I’m still feeling the same way. The first “morning television show” story still irks me beyond explanation. I think it’s the whole, “I’m writing a book about good manners so let me make it very, very obvious who I’m taking about without actually saying their name to let the world know they don’t have manners.” As a writer herself, I feel like she knows stories & plans fall through as often as producers pour coffee…so, why the deliberate & purposeful turn of the knife? I was less like, “Wow! They have bad manners!” & more like, “Wow! She seems bitter!”

Am I overreacting? Alkon might actually be hilarious like many reviews say, but I’m not sure how to interpret her voice. Should I power through? If you read it, I’m seeking advice here, fellow Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck readers! Comment below! 

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