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Cassidy's Guide to Everyday Etiquette (and Obfuscation)

2.94  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Eleven-year-old Cassidy has just inherited a gift from her late great-grandmother. Unfortunately, that “gift” turns out to be a summer trapped in etiquette school. What good are manners, anyway, for a girl who dreams of living life on the road as a hobo—er, “knight of the road”?

As if trying to remember to keep her elbows off the table isn’t bad enough, Cassidy’s best frien
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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May 30, 2015 Cheryl rated it did not like it
I picked up a copy of this book because I thought it would be really funny. I was in the mood for laughs. Yet all I found was my eyelids. I was so bored with this book. By chapter 6 I was done but I decided to pursue reading a little more of this book in hopes that the laughter would be found but none was found. I finally stopped after reading two more chapters. The girls and the teacher at the etiquette school were annoying and not girls that I wanted to get to know. This just was not the book ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 12, 2015 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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Cassidy is very irritated. When her great-grandmother passes away, she is left with an inheritance-- a copy of Emily Post's etiquette manual and a month of lessons. That would be bad enough, but her best friend Jack and her sister Magda (who inherited time at a forensics summer camp instead!) are both enthralled with new neighbor Bree, who is a girly-girl from Georgia who competes in beauty pageants. Cassidy has no choice but to take the lessons, and ends up talking quite
Mar 09, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
Loved Cassidy's spirit, but had trouble getting through the book.
Ian Wood
Apr 05, 2015 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Apr 26, 2015 Gabs rated it did not like it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you like your characters to be actually likeable, I'd not suggest reading Cassidy's Guide to Everyday Etiquette (and Obfuscation, which I will hereto refer to as Cassidy's Guide, because, well, ain't nobody got time for that full name.

The main problem with the book is that it was sooo hard for me to identify with this MC. She's rude, (I mean, that's to be expected when the girl has to go to etiquette school in a middle grade
Katherine Rowland
Sep 18, 2016 Katherine Rowland rated it it was ok
Parts of the book were clever, but there was simultaneously too much happening (so many subplots) and too little interest. I wished the author had chosen two or three subplots and really polished them.
Oct 02, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok
When Cassidy’s great grandmother dies, 11-year-old Cassidy receives Emily’s Post’s books and 10 weeks of etiquette lessons as her inheritance. She would have rather had hobo lessons. Cassidy wants to be a “knight of the open road” when she grows up. Not willing to make the best of it, Cassidy goads a friend into helping her play a prank on Miss Melton-Mowry, the manners teacher, which goes terribly awry. Now Cassidy is in real trouble! Her punishment? She has to be the example of a worst case ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Delightful middle-grade book for young, the young at heart, and those who just enjoy an entertaining story.

Cassidy is a whip-smart 11 year old, full of energy and spunk. Her life's ambition is to become a hobo, and she can't wait for the end of the school year. She envisions a summer of bike rides, fishing, pranks, and hi-jinks with her neighbor and best friend, Jack. Picture a character who is a cross between Scout, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Calpurnia Tate. Cassidy's great-grandmother passes a
Jun 09, 2015 Eli rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I had mixed feelings on this book. For one thing, the title is a mouthful to recommend to anyone, which is a pain. However, the book itself was great. I really enjoyed learning about the characters and the different adventures that Cassidy went through. I thought that were reactions to certain events were realistic and fun to read about. She’s a quirky character, and this is a whimsical book, but those aspects of the story worked for me.

In terms of characters, there are a few characters that are
Eleven-year-old Cassidy Corcoran is quite a pistol. She and her best friend climb in and out of trees, bedroom windows, and adventures while she dreams of living as a hobo one day. When her great-grandmother leaves her etiquette lessons when she dies, Cassidy is decidedly ungrateful. A police officer and the school's best student end up in the class too, providing plenty of comic relief for Cassidy and a challenge for the teacher, Miss Melton-Mowry, who loves her job but knows that etiquette ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Clarissa rated it liked it
Cassidy is an eleven year old tomboy with dreams of one day becoming a hobo and living the "romance of the road." Her best friend jack is having his first crush on the teenage girl next door, and Cassidy's grandmother has left instructions requiring that Cassidy attend an ettiquette class during the summer. What could be more horrible? This was an okay book, but it just didn't grab me, and the whole plans to be a hobo thing did not seem charming or funny to me. Maybe if you live in a nice suburb ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Bridgett rated it liked it
I enjoyed Cassidy the main character in this book quite a bit. She was funny and kind of wild and her life's goal is to be a "Knight of the Road" aka a "hobo". The story itself was pretty interesting in that she was bequeathed etiquette classes by her late grandmother that didn't want to attend and the hijinks that ensued. However, I found the pacing to be a bit on the slow side. I felt like each chapter took way too long to finish.

*I was provided a free copy of this book from the publisher via
The Styling Librarian
Jul 28, 2015 The Styling Librarian rated it really liked it
Cassidy’s Guide to Everyday Etiquette (and Obfuscation) by Sue Stauffacher – I thoroughly appreciated this story. A girl, Cassidy, receives a gift that she just doesn’t understand, etiquette lessons. She has no use or reason to attend classes but must do so. How she turns her etiquette teacher’s life upside down is one part but the friendships and social situations in the book are just brilliant. Loved how things were communicated and also Cassidy’s relationship with her parents and friends…
Nov 01, 2015 Bethe rated it really liked it
Loved this book as I have had experience with a relative who is a big etiquette fan. Cassidy reluctantly accepts her fate to attend manners school, makes new friends, appreciates the old ones, and provides quite a few chuckles! Dad and Officer Weston are a hoot as well. Surprise ending, good fun!
Jan 25, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
I honestly thought this was going to be an etiquette book, but it turned out to be so much more. Cassidy was unruly and hilarious. I'm 37, but now I know I'll never grow up-- I enjoyed every second of this book of life lessons.
Feb 01, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Wonderful addition to the eleven-teen group! A must have for upper elementary and middle school students!
Jun 19, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: mg
The title is a mouthful for sure. And I don't read a lot of MG, but this book and it's characters were cute, endearing and whimsical.
Dec 02, 2014 Marcia rated it really liked it
An interesting situation...what 11 year old wants etiquette lessons?...and an endearing over-energetic heroine.
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Jan 28, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Cute, pleasant read. I enjoyed the quirky characters and was satisfied with the ending.
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Kelsie rated it it was ok
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