Book Review | Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Rivenbark

book cover Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia RivenbarkThe line on the back of the book that reeled me in was “Celia discusses the social conundrums of our day and age, including: Navigating the agonies of check splitting …[and] The baffling aspects of airline travel (such as “Recline Monster” and other animals)”. Rude bitches make me tired : slightly profane and entirely logical answers to modern etiquette dilemmas is a collection of anecdotes and question and answer pairs by topic. Topics vary widely from funerals to Facebook etiquette and include many awkward and difficult social situations. Each chapter begins with the author’s personal anecdote followed by a series of “reader” questions and the author’s responses.

At first I found the book to be mildly amusing. While the byline states the writing is slightly profane and in the Foreward Rivenbark claims she uses it when appropriate, I felt it was overdone. As the chapters passed, I grew weary of the repetitiveness of the author’s negativity. She comes off as being on a high horse. I’ll admit this is the first book of hers that I have attempted reading, but it will also be the last. After making it just over halfway through, I went back to the table of contents and chose the few chapters in the second half that I was most interested in before calling it quits. The book is quick reading and could be relaxing for someone who is feeling stressed and needs to unwind with some cynical humor.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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