Sunday, June 10, 2012

Book Review: The Modern Girl's Guide to Life by Jane Buckingham

Hello readers!

I know I'm really far behind on reviews, so please bear with me as I attempt to get caught up. Early in May, I read The Modern Girl's Guide to Life by Jane Buckingham. Here is the Goodreads summary:

With information on entertaining, etiquette, housekeeping, basic home repair, decorating, sex, and beauty, this indispensable book has everything today's young woman should know-but may not! The Modern Girl's Guide to Life is a collection of all the helpful tips and secrets that get passed on from generation to generation, but many of us have somehow missed. It's full of practical, definitive advice on the basics -- the day-to-day necessities like finding a bra that fits, balancing a checkbook, making a decent cup of coffee, and hemming a pair of pants. Modern Girl guru Jane Buckingham includes loads of savvy counsel to help us feel more refined, in charge, and together as we navigate the rocky terrain that is twenty-first-century womanhood.

This was a fun, quick read. Some things covered were new to me, where others seemed like flat-out common sense. My largest criticism is that it isn't really written for a "normal" young adult. For example: the recipes she gives readers have weird French words I've never even heard of. It's unlikely my local grocer would carry them, nor would I even know where to look. I also felt many of the products boosted were not within the realistic budget of a young adult.

With that said, I do believe Jane Buckingham has a good novel for young adults here as a "how-to" guide...if nothing else, what they should be looking forward to in their late twenties. I would recommend this perhaps as a graduation gift to someone graduating high school or college.

Here's my review information:
The Modern Girl's Guide to Life by Jane Buckingham
Rating: 3/5
Pages: 362
2012 Reading Goal: 8,468/15,000  

Stay tuned for the rest of my book reviews, which I'll be posting within the next few weeks :)

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