Book Review

The Bitches Guide to New York City: Where to Drink, Shop, and Hook Up in the City that Never Sleeps By Stacy Conis and Brittany St. Wells

In this sassy guide to Manhattan in New York City, The Bitches Guide to New York City: Where to Drink, Shop, and Hook Up in the City that Never Sleeps by Stacey Conis and Brittany St. Wells, the tourist or resident of New York will find some of the best attractions in the city. The book is divided into three sections matching the subtitle and have been checked out by the authors. Each description provides helpful tips and information about the places featured. There are also some general tips dispersed through the book for a newcomer to know the ins and outs of the city such as where to find public bathrooms or how to not get scammed. This book is geared towards women, obviously, and focuses heavily on where to not only find a good time and cute clothes, but how to find available guys as well.

These types of books often have a very boring style that tends to be repetitive. This guide however has a very Sex and the City appeal to it, with plenty of hipster feelings. Descriptions in this book are anything but bland and boring. It is actually interesting to read about the places and the personal experience of the authors, especially in the store section, really give character to the places they are describing as well as keeping the writing interesting and appealing. I also really enjoyed the little sections that gave insider knowledge to people who are new to the area. Knowing some of the things that were discussed in the book helps one to feel more confident in an unfamiliar area. The book just has a young, fresh, and popular vibe to it that will make the reader easily page through the short volume with vigor.

The only section of the book that felt a little lacking was the hookup section. Everyone these days in any city can access Craigslist or a dating application which were main features in the section. I would have liked to know some other unique features that Manhattan has for meeting people, more like the outdoor concert that people often traded numbers at. It was the only section that felt a little boring and predictable.

Overall, this was a fun guide to the city that I think most readers can appreciate. The practical experiences of the authors really bring the descriptions to life; making them feel less textbook and boring like many other guides do. There are plenty of fun and interesting places that you wouldn’t find in other guides featured in this volume that sound unique and enjoyable. The helpful hints about the city will make the reader feel even more confident in planning their outings. This is one guide you won’t want to miss!

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