Book Review: “Girl Talk” by Christie Young

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

“Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice For Modern Ladies” by Christie Young (2014)

Genre: Humor-Essays, Reference, Etiquette

Page Length: 176 pages (hardcover edition)


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 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 see advice on handling running out of booze during the holidays or running into your ex on the subway, Girl Talk offers the keys to coping in a world bereft of rhyme or reason… (description from Random House, for more info click here)

Author Info:

Christie Young is an illustrator/web designer/youngish lady living in Brooklyn whose work has appeared in Nylon, Madewell, and Good. She originated “The Rules” for Good in 2011. Her love for sci-fi on Netflix knows no bounds.


While browsing in a bookstore one day Young’s book, “Girl Talk”, caught my eye. The cover design was pretty, and had lots of fun doodles everywhere. I picked up the book to get a synopsis of it, and I said “this is I a book I have to read”. Needless to say, when I saw the book was offered through Blogging For Books I excitedly jumped at the chance to be able to review it.

“Girl Talk” is exactly what is synopsis states. It’s an entertaining, and witty etiquette/advice book for young women on various topics. From living on your own to love & relationships, “Girl Talk”  has got your back. Instead of your usual etiquette book, Young gives her advice with a satirical twist making it very fun and enjoyable to read. So much so, that I was laughing so ridiculously loud whenever I read it. From then on I decided that it would probably be a good thing not to read this in public anymore (The people in the coffee shop/on the bus kept giving me weird looks).

Some of my favorite parts of the book that I found the funniest and most informative were the sections on: attending festivals/conventions, celebrating holidays, and taking care of your health. Though most of the stuff I read about were things I already had knowledge of, I did take a couple of lessons from the book:

  • how to prepare yourself for book festivals
  • how to decorate your first apartment on a budget
  • that it’s okay to treat yourself from time to time
  • hairspray can be used to kill scary looking spiders

Final Verdict:

I had a great time reading this book! “Girl Talk” gets a 5 out of 5 stars! Recommended read for young women, women who are moving into their first apartment, or women who need advice/ a pick-me-up book.


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