Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review: The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking

I finished Kate Payne's book 'The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking'.


So far on Mini Manor I have only reviewed books that I loved! This wasn't one of them.
I think it was more of a case of a mismatched reader . . . ME.

The book was VERY beginner! Like ,'you've never seen a kitchen before', beginner.
Also,
I just don't think that Kate and I share the same sense of style and comfort. The idea of mismatched/chipped dinner plates gives me anxiety. And the thought of hanging ziploc bags around my kitchen with clothespins makes me want to cry and I would never buy used/stained linens.

In general I found the whole book way too beginner . . . and most of the tips and tricks are just plain common sense.

This book MIGHT be appropriate for someone who just rented their first apartment. I found a lot of the advice to be fairly "college" (if that makes sense) so it could make a good gift for the newly graduated. But if many moons have passed since you moved out of mom and dad's house, I would definitely take a pass on this book.

Sorry The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking doesn't get the Mini Manor stamp of approval (Clearly one of the most coveted literary prizes there is!  ;)

14 comments:

  1. Hadn't seen that one yet, but from the likes of what you said it's about, I probably would have passed on it anyhow!! Your book reviews are always spot on.

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  2. How funny, I'm reading that book right now and I was literally just saying how I was kind of dissapointed at how beginner it was. Although there are some helpful hints here and there I have to agree with you it seems more appropriate for someone in college.

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  3. I am so glad you reviewed this book. I kept looking at it when I was in chapters.(I think it was because I really liked the cover) But now I don't have to worry that I am missing out on some great book.

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  4. Good to know its not worth buying!

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  5. Thanks for the review. It was so helpful!

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  6. I like your descriptor of it being so "college"! Ha. I think I would probably share your sentiments, especially about the baggies hung by clothes pins in the kitchen - huh? WHY would anyone do that?! Thanks for the review!!

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  7. I got this book and was so excited. I haven't read it cover to cover but have been skimming through and have come to the same conclusion. Such a great idea. Perhaps you should write a more mature verison for newlyweds?!

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  8. All right, I am very intrigued about the ziploc baggies on clothespins...lol Can you explain? :)

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    1. LOL, I was also wondering about the ziploc baggies. I was almost rolling on the floor laughing picturing a kitchen with ziploc bags hanging randomly all over the place.

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  9. Oh that's too bad. Thanks for the heads up! Baggies hanging? Whaaaaaa?

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  10. haha The clothes pins and Ziploc bags was about when you reuse your ziploc bags (also something I probably won't do) she would use clothespins to hand the wet ziploc bags around the kitchen to dry!!
    I hope that answered your questions!!
    ~Ashli

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  11. I totally agree! I couldn't even finish reading this book.

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  12. Thanks for sharing... good to know. This looks like the kind of book I would have grabbed!

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