The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out
How Rude!: The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out is a wacky, comprehensive, and insightful etiquette book that shows teens how to use good manners to build fulfilling relationships, get what they want out of life, feel good about themselves, and save society from a total manners meltdown.
While many etiquette books are preachy, boring, and dull, How Rude!, a practical but hilarious “how to” in the age of “whatever,” keeps teens laughing as they learn the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations—at home, at school, in public, online, with friends, with strangers, on the phone, in conversations, in cars, on planes, on the bus, at interviews, and anywhere they go.
Recognized for its humor and accessibility, no other etiquette book for teens comes close to How Rude!’s breadth of content. Teens learn how to offer someone their seat; be a host with the most (and a guest with the best); deal with rude adults; go online without getting out of line; dress for any occasion; deal with cyberbullying; master the proper techniques for civilized spitting, scratching, sneezing, yawning, hiccupping, nose-picking, and much more. Advice is detailed and nuanced, but explained with a light and humorous touch that makes for easy and entertaining reading.
Addressing teens with respect and warmth, and using a wide range of “bite-sized” formats to get its message across, How Rude! breaks the world of teenagers into easy-to-digest chapters on different areas of their lives: school, family, relationships, social media, friendship and romance, public settings and rituals, communications, personal hygiene, etc.
Humorous explanations, cartoons, tables, charts, reproducible etiquette do’s and don’ts, goofy chapter quizzes, and hundreds of “Dear Alex” Q&As cover everything from texting to tweeting, dating to breaking up, ethnic jokes to rude posts, thank you notes to table manners. “True Stories from the Manners Frontier” divulge the shocking consequences of not having good manners. Survey results reveal what teens, parents, and teachers think about manners and why they’re important. At 500 pages, How Rude! is an encyclopedic reference. Yet its humorous style, irreverence, breezy presentation formats, and detailed index led to its receiving awards as a “Popular Paperback for Young Adults” and a “Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers” from the American Library Association.
Praise for How Rude!
The following reviews were for the original How Rude! The new, revised and updated How Rude! is even better!
Those are some reviews from publications and library associations. But what do people down in the trenches with teens have to say about How Rude!? Nobody is more “down in the trenches” than teens themselves, so let’s start with a few comments from young readers.
Here’s one from an especially charming youth:
And here’s another from a delightfully wise and witty young reader:
This next astute reviewer, going by the handle “soda man,” reminisces about ye olde days of middle school.
Here’s another adult who found her way down memory lane.
I especially enjoy hearing from parents with special-needs children, as well as teachers, counselors, doctors, and other youth care professionals who have found How Rude! helpful with their students and clients.
And now, may we have a moment of silence—a parents’ most cherished wish—in honor of all those parents who value manners and have the wisdom and guile to place a copy of How Rude! within the radar range of their offspring.
Okay. Enough silence. Now let’s hear what these parents have to say.