My Book Club's reading choice for June was I See Rude People: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners Into Impolite Society by Amy Alkon. Our discussion ranged from "boy, wish I had the nerve to do (fill in the blanks)" to less favorable comments about treatment toward the author. My review on Goodreads probably reflects both opinions.
Book Review of I See Rude People by Amy Alkon
by Gail M Baugniet
It is difficult to say how much I liked, or disliked, this book. So much of how the author dealt with situations in her life frustrated me and I could only read a chapter or two at a time. Her way is not my way. I understand her argument that if we let rude people roll over our lives, then these rude people will continue to do so.
The thing is, the way I see it anyway, is that if you call a stranger on their rudeness, they will probably stop being rude to you. But will they take out this 'tremendous slight to their ego' on the next person in line, someone who won't or can't "fight back"? Does the rude person than strike the more vulnerable person even harder?
This was the book club choice for June and will certainly make for a great discussion* tomorrow at Coffee Talk in Kaimuki. With that in mind, I gave the book 4 stars.
*Yes, it did!
How do you deal with rude people?