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Review: How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World

books Updated: Aug 10, 2009 19:34 IST
Ruchira Hoon
Ruchira Hoon
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How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World


: Jordan Christy




Rs 550 PP 200

You’ve got to be really stupid to have read this book. Unless of course you think that Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are the bees’ knees. Or closer home, think that Rakhi Sawant or Gauri Khan are the classiest dressers ever.

Having said that, Jordan Christy’s How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World is a self-help etiquette book that doles out pretty sane advice especially for teenagers who are looking for a role model other than say, Amy Winehouse and Victoria Beckham.

Advice that most parents would give out to their daughters anyways — don’t show cleavage, don’t wear too much make-up, don’t have sex till you’re married — pretty much your everyday stuff.

Also called The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace, this book is filled with personality tests. Whether you like blue over orange, whether you can pronounce supercalifragilistic with that Brit accent or whether your hemline should be 12 inches when you meet his parents, determines how classy and stylish you are.

This gives you a fair idea of what America is now fearful of: that their daughters are all going to turn out manner-less, grammar-less and, of course, almost topless on social networking websites.

Of course it’s true, you see plunging necklines and shorter skirts everyday. But does that make them brainless? I don’t think so.

Jordan Christy probably wasn’t one of the popular girls in school. In fact, I think she was most likely a geek who dressed in her grandmother’s clothes. This book is all about how she snagged her man and how important it was for her to talk like Audrey Hepburn, walk like Audrey and well, dress like Audrey.

While I have to agree with her when she disses Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Paris Hilton for setting bad examples for young girls everywhere, I have to also add that most parents will drill some sense into their pretty little heads in any case. Unless, of course, their child is going to finishing school, where this book is most definitely going to become the Bible.