Book Review: How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty
Let’s get the obvious out of the way, shall we: The book has the word Dick right there in the title. And yes, it says it a lot inside the book. It’s a problem, particularly for school librarians. I asked Robin and she said no, she would not in fact be purchasing this book for her library. Fair enough, she is a middle school librarian and you can argue that this is not the target audience.
Side note: I asked the group of tween and teen girls sitting in my house doing their nails and they did not know who Dick and Jane were and they also didn’t understand why the illustrations would be funny. Also, my tween has been scandalized by having this book sit around the house, she assures me and will not bring herself to say the title. But I also know plenty of teens that would be pick this book up solely because of the title and maybe learn a little nugget here and there through their titters.
So would I buy the book for my public library? I would. But I would put it in the adult nonfiction collection.
GIVEAWAY NEWS: I have a copy to give away. Leave a comment by the end of the week, September 28th, and I’ll draw one winner. Be sure to leave a follow back or return email so I can get a hold of you. Open to U.S. residents.
Filed under: Book Reviews, How Not to Be a Dick, Meghan Doherty, Zest Books
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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