Review: Bitch, Please! by Megan Munroe (Library Thing Early Reviewers)(Rating 2 Wine Glasses)

Posted March 9th, 2011 by in Uncategorized / 3 comments

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Actress, model, singer-songwriter and nice girl advocate Megan Munroe delivers a saucy communiqué empowering nice girls worldwide to kick passivity to the curb in her debut book Bitch?, Please! How Nice Girls Can Succeed in a Bitch’s World, which debuts in March 2011.

Shaking the bitch’s empire with chapter topics like Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, and other big B’s to What Emily Post won’t tell you, this book is a cover-to-cover entertainment treatise with an addictively enjoyable conversational style.

From practical how-to-succeed scenarios to laugh-out-loud lessons, this humorous yet poignant dialogue has something for every woman. A unique mix of rhetoric, real-life revelations, kitschy quizzes, and food for thought, this is the perfect road map for your journey to create a successful life in a nice-girl fashion.

Megan Munroe began her career as an actress, appearing in feature films, music videos, TV shows, and commercials, before moving to Nashville to pursue her career as a country musician and recording two albums.

A teen beauty queen, personal trainer and former literary publicist, her range of life experiences and proven ability to succeed as a nice girl in a bitch’s world have led to features in Cowboys and Indians Country Weekly and more.

Received from Library Things Early Reviewer Program

What I found useful: This book really makes you think about the way that women treat other women. Most importantly, the correct ways to deal with those situations (though not in the way I think the author was intending).  The book was easy to follow and had wrap-ups at the end of each chapter–sort of a crib sheet you could take along with you if you so desired.

What I did not find useful:  This really was not a book about how Nice Girls can succeed.  It was more of a book along the lines of “How to recognize a Bitch” and “Bitch traits that you should not have”.  The funny thing was the more the author pointed out about Bitches, the more she appeared like a hypocrite.  The book was displaying the kind of behavior (name calling, pointing out flaws, trying to undermine) that it was telling you not to do.  Also, one of the first things that struck me was how she said that the world was glamorizing the word “bitch” and used Stitch ‘n Bitch as an example (they were just one among many–she named many specific sites and people in this book).  I am going to guess that Stitch ‘n Bitch probably used the word Bitch because it was cute and catchy (I haven’t asked them personally so I am just guessing).  Just like the author used it in her title because it was catchy and made you look twice at the book.  Both used it to get their products noticed.  Just kind of another example of do as I say, not as I do mentality that seemed to run through out the whole book.

Why I gave it a 2: I really wanted to like this book.  I was excited to receive it and moved it directly to the top of the pile.  I was hoping that it would an irreverent, funny guide to Nice Girls succeeding in the world.  Instead it was another “women tearing down other women” to prove who is better book.  Which would have been fine if that was what the premise was supposed to be but it was not. I do believe the author had a very good starting idea but it kind of got lost in the shuffle somewhere.  I do not think it was badly written though and she does get 2 points for that.  The book flowed pretty smoothly and was well edited.

Author website: http://meganmunroeauthor.com

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3 Responses to “Review: Bitch, Please! by Megan Munroe (Library Thing Early Reviewers)(Rating 2 Wine Glasses)”

  1. Teresa

    I was afraid that this book might take a turn like this. Its so easy to do. I like the fact that there was a a take away message in reminding us how we treat other women. This can further transfer to how we treat ourselves. I can honestly say that I say things to myself that I would never say to another woman. Great review.

  2. Carrie at In the Ham

    Thanks for the honest review!! I am on the book tour for this one. I read the first few chapters and then put it aside to finish later. You definitely make some valid points!!!

  3. Missie

    What the…?How can you call out a site when you own book leads the example?I have enough to bitch about in my life, don't think I need to read about it. ;)Thanks for the review Felicia. Now I know I'm not missing anything.

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