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From Dan Savage, Lindy West, and The Stranger staff comes this hilarious guide to life for college students and beyond. Here is all the information you actually need to know that no one else will tell you including: which majors to avoid, how to not get a STD, everything there is to know about philosophy (in a single paragraph!), what the music you like says about you, howFrom Dan Savage, Lindy West, and The Stranger staff comes this hilarious guide to life for college students and beyond. Here is all the information you actually need to know that no one else will tell you including: which majors to avoid, how to not get a STD, everything there is to know about philosophy (in a single paragraph!), what the music you like says about you, how to turn a crush into something more, how to come out (should you happen to be gay), how to binge drink and not die, how do laundry, how to do drugs (and which ones you should never do), good manners, tips on flirting with film nerds, how to write a great sentence, and a state-by-state guide to the U.S. of A. It's all here, along with Dan Savage's very best advice about sex and love. Hi!...

Title : How to Be a Person: The Stranger's Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself
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ISBN : 9781570617782
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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How to Be a Person: The Stranger's Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself Reviews

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-03-31 06:52

    I could not stop laughing.Ever since I read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life I have been trying to find another super funny "self-help" book. I wasn't disappointed at all. But honestly if you don't have an ounce of humor in your teeny tiny pinky - this book will never be for you. EVER.Unfortunately for me I have already been to college and graduated before I even knew about this book. So, it doesn't really apply to me and none of this really happened to me either but it was just so funny that I momentarily forget that I ever went to college. Hell, this made me want to build a time machine and go back to when I was college. Sadly, I don't have a machine and I kind of like making money right now. Other than that, this book is a pretty quick read. Especially if you're into it like I was. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to either. And now I'm off on my new adventure to find another super hilarious self help book.

  • Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
    2019-03-28 03:54

    This book definitely won't be for everyone. For one thing, you have to have a sense of humor. If you don't at least smile at the inside flap, then drop this book now, because I can almost guarantee that you won't like it. In addition to prolific swearing, the book contains a LONG, detailed chapter concerning sex—straight, gay, lesbian, bi and trans—by way of real written letters and responses a la "Dear Abby", and a chapter on politics (specifically describing Republicans and Feminists). However, there are also laundry tips, tested recipes, and true stories of working in restaurants.I guess I'd recommend it to anyone who is really, really stressed about going off to college who has a sense of humor and an open mind. A lot of statements in the book are there purely for comedic effect (see the sections on music and books), but there are quite a few sincere pieces of advice as well (see the chapter on Drugs). I don't know if I would have picked this up before heading off to college, and if I had, I don't know if it would have changed much of my experience. But I do think that voicing and addressing some of the fears a newly graduated 17/18-year-old can be helpful, even (especially) when delivered in a comedic and frank fashion.Approximate Reading Time: 4.5 hours

  • Beth
    2019-04-16 01:10

    I wanted to like this book with every fiber of my being. I was ready to order it for our library. It sounded right up my alley ... and honest, funny, sassy, unfiltered (scandalous) guide to college and life for the 17+ crowd. It was Buzzfeed endorsed and one of the authors shares my name... what could be better?! This book. This book could be better. Some parts were great and helpful and direct and funny. However, all that was overshadowed by Dan Savage's unnecessary hypocrisy and religion bashing. I knew going into this that he is not everyone's cup of tea but I dont generally mind him... however he lost me here. I am not a sensitive person by any means and I was offended by some of the things he wrote with regard to Catholics and homosexuals. Ultimately he was behaving exactly as the reader he was berating in one of the featured exchanges. I know being gay is not easy, and a lot of people (catholic and otherwise) only add to the difficulties ... but to outright Catholic bash makes you no better of a person... especially when so many people (catholic or otherwise) are LGBT supporters. I never feel it is beneficial to fight hate with hate (because all you do is alienate people who are already on your side) and that is exactly what Dan Savage does in this book and unfortunately this is what stuck with me... rather than any of the advice that could be considered helpful. Its a shame because without a handful of unnecessary inflammatory exchanges this book could have been great. It seemed kind of childish and I'm not sure what the authors were intending to achieve by including them.

  • S.
    2019-04-10 23:01

    Dan Savage, Lindy West, and the staff of the Stranger put out a quick book of advice about life, love, drugs, sex, rock and roll for 18 year olds. generally practical information (viz., pot won't kill you but DEFINITELY stay clear of heroin), and of course the Savage entries are pretty worldwide and amusingadded this in to counterbalance the 4s and 5s that have been filling up my reading queue. part of the situation is that Goodreads's glut of information now allows me to zero in, laserlike, on the very best titles. ordinarily that would be a good thing, but as one's average book rating creeps to 4 territory, suddenly there's an inversion of help-- if every book is a 4, then of course none of them are.what else-- continuing economic chaos. as in, I gotta scramble for either China or Guam employment. 2 months of paychecks have dried up, leaving me working the Rolodex. 2013 is a curveball. thank god mere hours remain.good reads cake day-- I approach or have passed the one year anniversary of joining GR. my primary contribution -- many of the top GR reviewers now peevishly note that "blog style reviewers" are annoying. yes we are . hahahahaother developments-- goodreads formally transferred me from USA to Japan in its rankings. thus, I zoom from #117 reader in the USA to the #3 reviewer in Japan. haha, context is everything after scene: tensions, mildly rising?

  • Shane Smith
    2019-04-24 05:48

    This is maybe the best book for someone going into college I've ever heard of. It is straight to the point with life-advice. And it's written in a light tone and good humor. More than once I thought to myself "That's so obvious now, but I really wish someone had just told me that 10 years ago." Anyhow, very funny, witty, and not too serious.

  • Kunal
    2019-03-30 03:43

    This is the first book I have ever read where I truly felt too old to be reading this book. The book tries to invoke both humor and provide advice on several topics that the typical college student faces such as sex, binge drinking, etc. I do recommend this book for any high school senior as I can see how the advice would have been of interest to me at that time of my life, however now with a few years under my belt a lot of the advice provided is of common sense to me now and I frankly don't find it humorous anymore. Again, highly recommend this book for any high school senior, however anyone else would just be wasting their time with this book.

  • Erin
    2019-04-25 23:56

    This book is pretty funny, but not necessarily super useful for someone about to leave for college. It's actually feels more like a humor book for a college grad.

  • Warmdarksky
    2019-04-03 23:00

    Some good stuff in here.

  • Sophie
    2019-04-21 01:58

    I was given this book by a family friend in honor of me going away for college, and it really wasn't anything that I experienced. Maybe it will be more applicable later, but as of right now, it hasn't been that helpful. I am not someone who does very many of the things mentioned in the book, and if I do do the things, then I already have my own advice given to me by people I know and trust. That being said, if this kind of book is your thing, go for it!

  • Evan Kirby
    2019-04-02 06:48

    It’s all just basic information on how to be a decent person that anyone with half a brain should already now. The authors think they’re a lot funnier than they actually are, but I guess that what happens when you get old people writing a book for college kids.

  • Emma McClure
    2019-04-12 02:46

    Loved this book! Saw it in a shop while I was visiting Seattle, but ended up buying it used online because it was cheaper. I'm starting college this year, and I don't know if the book prepared me in anyway, but it definitely made me laugh, and made the idea of starting college less scary.

  • Mieka
    2019-04-21 01:03

    Do you like Beer? How about tacos? Living the College Lifestyle? Then How to be a Person: The Stranger’s Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life itself might just be the right kind of book for you. How to be a Person is a comedic self-help ‘guide’ written by Dan Savage, Lindy West, and The Stranger staff. It focuses on most, if not all of the aspects of University/College life and how to survive them. It claims to hold all the information that you need to know that nobody else is willing to tell you. This includes but is not limited to the majors to avoid, how to avoid STD’s, everything there is to know about philosophy, what your music says about you…and well you get the general idea. The book covers pretty much everything. As a girl in University at the moment I found this book quite humorous. There were many subjects broached in this book that I’ve overheard or even talked about amongst friends myself; however the book is quirky, witty and much better put together than a bunch of university kids blabbering nonsense over drinks at a bar. The book is funny, honest and surprisingly practical. It offers a great deal of information that I wish I’d been aware of in my first year of tertiary study. The transition from our teenage years into adulthood is a difficult path and the detour of university doesn’t make it any easier as we momentarily live in a limbo state that has us as adults and yet still behaving like free-spirited teens. I won’t divulge any of the books precious information as I feel it wouldn’t translate well without the text in it’s entirely. But if you’re an undergraduate with an inclining towards comedy, please, pick this book up. If you’ve got friends who own a copy of this book, borrow it. If you see it at the library, borrow it. How to be a person has some invaluable information about studying, living environments, relationships, and entertainment without feeling like it’s a chore to hear or read about. It’s a fantastic guide for teens and undergraduate college students.Not being a fan of non-fiction books? Well give How to be a Person a shot anyway, you might just be surprised.

  • Jacki
    2019-04-04 23:06

    *Check out for other reviews and sundry thoughts!* Becoming an adult is hard work. While some young adults may have experience paying bills or living independently, many of us spend our early lives under our family's sheltering wing, only to emerge into the adult world confused and, well, completely clueless. If you or a loved one feel overwhelmed by the task of being a grown-up, don't despair! The staff of Seattle alternative newspaper the Stranger has assembled a hilarious guide through this difficult transition. The first piece of advice in How to Be a Person? "Almost nothing is as big a deal as it seems. Stop crying."The authors illuminate touchy subjects such as which college majors to avoid like the plague, how to get along with people who are different from you and how to drink alcohol without getting yourself killed. The guide also includes Dan Savage's "Savage Love: The College Edition," a selection of topics from his popular sex and love advice column especially relevant to younger readers.Don't be fooled by the bitingly funny humor. This guide teaches simple tasks like how to wash socks, make tacos and not commit a heinous mistake on an English paper as well as how to face complicated situations such as deciding whether to experiment with illegal drugs, choosing an area of the United States to call home or coming out of the closet. Reassuring, practical and thorough, How to Be a Person is perfect for any recent high school or college graduate.***This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness. Sign up for this free and awesome newsletter at for the latest news and reviews! This review refers to an ARC provided by Shelf Awareness.***

  • Jillian Kitchen
    2019-04-05 00:57

    Sarcastic. Gloriously funny. Practical. Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • Josh R
    2019-04-20 23:12

    A quick funny and generally honest guide to life. This indeed would have been helpful to me at age 21. My frustration is my general frustration around The Stranger. When they are good, they are good. But when some writer gets a stick up his or her ass, you get snobbery or condescending snark (see how to drink like an adult--which pretty much offers very little advice on what to drink, just tells makes you feel like a loser if you drink any of the numerous combinations they apparently take issue with.) Also the evisceration of a well intended cover letter by a fan who wanted to become an intern is completely unnecessary and sheds light on the notion that while the Stranger staff may have some very good advice at times, they are the mean kids who might mock you behind your back (framing it and reading it over and over) and then getting their digs in one last time in this book. Bullying at its best (ironic considered the affiliation with Dan Savage and anti-bullying campaigns), yet they end with "sometimes we wonder whatever happened to her, although we don't wonder very much". What a great way to treat an excited applicant--to now smear her in your book. I hope she never reads it. But there are some great parts of the book, Dan Savage's advice, advice on getting over heart break, and about death that I feel like copying and sharing with the next friend who seems lost in their emotions in one of those settingsA decent read, but their "mean girls" streak is showing.

  • Fiona
    2019-03-27 02:47

    This book was pretty good. It was extremely sarcastic and funny, which I enjoyed. It called out republicans and people who aren't feminists for being assholes, which I enjoyed. In fact the chapter on feminism was probably my favorite part of the whole book. It was a little harsh at times. The advice was funny, but it was sometimes kind of hurtful. Like you don't need to insult people?? Please don't do that?? I wasn't personally offended but it was a little like a slap to the face in some parts. It was funny though. And helpful. I skipped around. I like how progressive and edgy it was. Most other college prep books wouldn't talk about half of the things that this one talked about. Read The Naked Roommate for actual college related worries and read this book for more info about sex and booze and drugs and how to make homemade tacos. But yeah! I liked it! :)

  • Christine
    2019-04-27 04:10

    Funny and practical to those about to attend college. I enjoyed the sections on "Everything you need to know about (college major)" because most of them were spot on and very humorous. Other sections I enjoyed were things about how to not contract STD's, how to guide for Manners, and the description of the regions of the United States. They definitely gave me definite L-O-L's.On the otherhand, this book was extremely preachy when it dealt with politics and religion. I do realize that these were opinions and that others will not agree with them (there were parts that I definitely agreed with and vice versa), but if this is a general "How-to" guide and information book, stating biased information is not the place to do so.

  • Liana
    2019-04-08 00:10

    I got this because it was a cheap Kindle Daily Deal. It looked like it would be funny and part of it was by Dan Savage. Actually it's pretty obnoxious with lot of unnecessary swearing because it's trying to sound cool. I hope that nobody starting college actually takes its advice seriously. There was one part that made me laugh, something about old people feeding pigeons. It was only one paragraph, though.

  • Rick
    2019-04-17 06:48

    Witty writing, as I would expect, but this is definitely geared towards the college audience. I honestly think portions of this should be required reading for new college admits, while other parts are a little too heavy on the snark that I think it would go over many new college kids' heads. The best portion of the book is obviously Dan Savage's responses to a number of letters asking for advice for certain scenarios, but the rest is also decently entertaining.

  • Kristen Mitchell
    2019-04-18 23:56

    Wow. This book I read in less than a day and I could probably do that every day of the week. This book was quirky and hilariously informative. It had me busting up in laughter frequently and I was totally okay with that. It was a most excellent read and I sincerely hope to add it to my bookshelves given the slightest chance to do so. I would classify it as a must-read.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-02 01:49

    It had some funny lines, but it felt like they rammed their opinions down your throat in parts. Definitely not a good read for anyone who leans towards the conservative side, but I'm pretty sure that they could figure that out from the title. All in ll, not too bad. Probably better read by a college student though.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-21 07:08

    I checked this out because I love both Lindy West and Dan Savage and I thought it would be funny. There were about two funny lines a the beginning but then it just became SO. FREAKING. Condescending. It was really trying hard to be funny but it didn't make it. Clearly I am not the demographic for this book. Savage and West still rock though.

  • EmmiK
    2019-04-04 23:58

    Funny (some parts). There were many laugh out loud moments if you have a good sense of humor. But... I kinda draw the line at making fun of any religion or calling someone names that are hurtful. Be respectful dude.Excrutiatingly boring (some parts) and annoying, especially when the person is trying their hardest to make a point in a comedic fashion.

  • Miss
    2019-04-21 22:57

    occasionally funny but honestly some of this is bad advice. and i feel bad for that woman whose cover letter they mocked, something tells me they didn't exactly ask her whether she was okay with them publishing it. 2.5 stars

  • Peebee
    2019-04-09 05:11

    If you already love Dan Savage and Lindy West and The Stranger, then you'll love this. And if you don't, then, 1) How can we be friends? 2) it's not too late to start. Hysterically funny at times, eminently practical at others, it's a great guide to life.

  • Molly
    2019-04-21 00:48

    Probably should have read the blurb (or the subtitle) before I bought this, as I'm definitely not the intended audience, but it was still a fun read. Would be a great gift for a college-bound relative.

  • Tracy
    2019-04-23 05:44

    This book was funny & should be mandatory reading for all 18 & 19 year olds as they head out into the real world. In fact, I know some 20 somethings and 30 somethings that might benefit from reading this book.

  • Jackie Guy
    2019-04-15 23:05

    His trans chapter ruined the whole thing for me

  • Dede
    2019-04-27 01:53

    This is co-written by Dan Savage, who I love. The book is bold and cute and could be fun for a college age person to read. But, it is also meant to entertain, so it wouldn't be the sole advice book to consider.

  • Janet
    2019-04-07 04:06

    Hysterical and helpful - what a combination! Great advice for both young and old. I think this makes a great high school graduation gift. Warning - not for the faint of heart, this book has some explicit (but practical and human!) advice on sex and other possibly taboo matters.