REVIEW: Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Rivenbark

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia RivenbarkRude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Rivenbark
Published: St. Martin's Griffin (2013), eARC, 272pg
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Humor, Non-Fiction

In this always sensible and mildly profane etiquette manual for the modern age Celia Rivenbark addresses real-life quandaries ranging from how to deal with braggy playground moms to wondering if you can have sex in your aunt's bed on vacation to correctly grieving the dearly departed (hint: it doesn't include tattoos or truck decals). Rude Bitches Make Me Tired will provide answers to all your mannerly questions as Celia discusses the social conundrums of our day and age, including:

Navigating the agonies of check splitting (“Who had the gorgonzola crumbles and should we really care?”)

The baffling aspects of airline travel (such as “Recline Monster” and other animals)

The art of the visit (always leave them wanting more . . . much more)

Gym and locker etiquette (hint: no one wants to talk to you while you’re buck naked)

Office manners (“Loud talkers, cake hawkers, and Britney Sue’s unfortunate cyst”)

And much more!

Good manners have never been so wickedly funny! (from Goodreads)



Rude Bitches Make Me Tired was very funny, but it also made me very aware of how it probably isn’t meant for me, a 20-something underemployed person who doesn’t go to parties or live in the South. A lot of the advice is aimed at people who’re like the author: middle-aged comfortable-incomed people who do a lot of higher-classed social things (like cocktail parties). As someone who is almost completely separate from that world, it was a very strange experience reading about how to navigate it– although a very humorous one, because Celia Rivenbark is a hilarious writer. There’s a reason I kept reading even though I didn’t feel all that connected to it! The humor! And actually, I did learn some helpful things, like how not to annoy people at any parties I MIGHT go to, and also how to deal with people who’re annoying ME at those parties.

And like I said before, I also really liked Celia Rivenbark’s humor; it’s friendly and snarky and makes me want to read her other books. I think they’re more like memoirs instead of guides, so even if they’re not “meant” for me (maybe?), I think I’d still enjoy reading them. I think they’re kinda bubbly, perfect for reading on the weekends while soaking in a bubble bath.

Best thing: author’s voice is light and funny, but with a sharper edge. Sort of reminds me of Megan Mullally’s character Karen from Will and Grace!

Worst thing: again, intended audience was slightly askew from where I currently am, so I didn’t get as much useful stuff from it as I think I was supposed to. Unless it’s just supposed to be funny and not at all useful, in which case it succeeded! (That sounded really mean. Whoops.)

Definitely get it if you like funny how-to-do-something books, but skip it if you, y’know…don’t.

Read: June 15-16, 2013

I LOVE the title, btw! It perfectly encompasses the tone of the book.

What’s your favorite book title? Mine’s probably Go the F*ck to Sleep.

2 thoughts on “REVIEW: Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Rivenbark”

  1. I do not go to parties or live in the South, but I would like it to be understood among adults that it is not cool to carry on a conversation while anyone is partially or mainly unclothed. WHICH INCLUDES BATHROOMS.

    Does she talk about office etiquette of making more coffee if you see the pot empty? That is another useful piece of etiquette that I’d like everyone to be cognizant of.

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