Review: How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty

How Not to Be a Dick - Meghan DohertyPublisher: Zest Books (October 1st 2013)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.


Fact is nobody wants to be that guy.

Nathan Fillion - Disappointed

Seriously, don’t be that guy.

But sometimes, we just get caught in a situation and you just can’t help but accidentally be kind of a jerk. Well, worry no more, now we have this is a handy dandy etiquette guide to not being a dick!

This a pretty fun and useful guide for across all situations from being in a relationship, to being around the house, to work and school life (and to even more retro-esque activities, that I think people don’t really do anymore, but anyway back to the point). I wasn’t really sure if this was suppose to satirical or an actual guide but turns out with the help of Sally and Joe (the kids on the cover, that’s what I call them…) and their (illustrated) examples, it turns out this book is an actual practical guide book with actual advice! I think I was expecting satire, so the book wasn’t as funny as I had hope but overall an etiquette book it is.

Just gotta note that this is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group. I probably wouldn’t recommend this for a child (they probably shouldn’t be using words like dick) but it’s definitely handy for the teenage-to-the-20-something category.

P.S. I apologize for the the italicization. Apparently it was just that type of review.

{*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.


Hey guys, so Zest Publishing has been kind enough to clear up some misconceptions. So while Zest is part of  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, they are not part of the Children’s. The  book is intended for adult. Makes so much more sense now doesn’t it.

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0 Replies to “Review: How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty”

  1. Okay, I admit – title is what got my attention.:)))
    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

    1. That’s definitely what caught my eye too haha.

  2. I gave this a 3/5 too. I honestly just couldn’t figure out what age group it was for. Great review.

    1. Yeah, I was a bit confused too haha. I was really hoping it would be more satire. Oh well.

  3. This cracks me up..are those the Dick and Jane characters from our readers when I was learning to read? I probably just totally dated myself *walks away quickly*

    1. I remember the Dick and Jane characters! Though I don’t think I’ve actually used books with them haha.

  4. Hi, we just wanted to help clear up some misconceptions about this book. The digital ARC (advance review copy) that you read was not a complete, corrected, finished copy. Also, How Not to Be a Dick is for ages 18+ – it’s definitely not for children. The book is published by Zest Books, which is distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but we’re not part of their children’s publishing program. I’d love to send you the finished hardcover book for review as it’s quite different from the ARC! If you’d like to see it, please send us your mailng address to publicity (at) zest books (dot) net.

    1. Hi, thanks for the clarification! I will definitely make note of that on the blog here. I would love to review the full published version. Thanks for the the offer.

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