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Paperback Details
  • 05/2020
  • 978-0578560038 0578560038
  • 244 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2020
  • 9780578560045 B0846SK5SK
  • 246 pages
  • $3.99
Good Grammar is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life

Adult; Self-Help; (Market)

This book offers easily digestible mini-essays that provide a quirky spin on proper grammar usage, along with tips on achieving massive personal success. It outlines how good grammar will make your life more awesome—from romantic relationships to job promotions to getting invited to fancy roof parties.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea: Honeycutt, the creator of the Grammar Guy column, offers a charming and enjoyable collection of brief essays that suggest how mastery of grammar can lead to feats of personal achievement.

Prose: Honeycutt invites readers in through his amusing, sometimes trite, appealingly self-depreciating style of writing.

Originality: Wholly unique and great fun, Good Grammar Is the Life of the Party presents a typically less-than sexy topic in a manner that’s entertaining, quirky, and informative.

Character/Execution: This book covers the principals of good grammar through amusing anecdotes, lessons, and silly examples, proving that grammar need not be stuffy—and that it is possible to be a grammarian without being one of ‘Those People.’

Date Submitted: November 18, 2020

Reviews
Honeycutt, author of the syndicated Grammar Guy column, pairs grammar lessons with self-help tips in this amusing guide. He dispels common grammatical pitfalls—when an apostrophe is apt, the use of hyphens when writing about age, how to use who and whom—and makes lessons memorable through quirky anecdotes and whimsical suggestions, such as directions on how to obtain one’s own private island. (He suggests planting a flag on any island you’d like to have and referring to “article 19 of the Magna Carta.”) His Captain Hook joke will lay to rest when to use bad versus badly: “Would Captain Hook make a good masseuse? No, because Captain Hook feels badly. And he probably feels pretty bad about that.” In a chapter on using proper grammar to succeed at business, Honeycutt suggests using power verbs and speaking in active voice. Elsewhere, fictional characters serve as grammarians, such as Batman and Robin’s opinion of bad usage like irregardless and “worst words” like diphthong, and goiter. While Honeycutt’s life advice ends up being less than practical (“invent your own jargon” and “get promoted”), his memorable grammar examples will help readers be better prepared to speak and write confidently. Those who can’t be bothered with another dry grammar guide owe it to themselves to give this a look. (Self-published)
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

"...It makes for a great graduation gift or a perfect antidote to coronavirus fatigue..."

Lori Duff Writes

Good Grammar is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life by Curtis Honeycutt is an irreverent, fun collection of essays written by a self-described Word Nerd.  Honeycutt makes grammar fun and relevant by sticking to his theme: if you want to be taken seriously, you have to sound like you want to be taken seriously...

Rocket Miner

No matter what your current relationship with grammar is, “Good Grammar” has something for you. For those who struggle with grammar, this book gives simple, easy to remember explanations of some of the most confusing and often-messed-up rules. And even for the “word nerds,” as Curtis calls them, there’s plenty to learn...

The Patriot Ledger

A new book, “Good Grammar Is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life” provides entertaining lessons to neophytes and seasoned word nerds...

The Sealy News

...Curtis Honeycutt’s new book “Good Grammar is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life” is hilariously insightful for those of us who manipulate (butcher?) the English language for a living. So rarely do learning and laughing go hand-in-hand as well as they do in the Grammar Guy’s “Good Grammar” book.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 05/2020
  • 978-0578560038 0578560038
  • 244 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2020
  • 9780578560045 B0846SK5SK
  • 246 pages
  • $3.99

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