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How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  1,885 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
In a society driven by celebutante news and myspace profiles, women of class, style and charm are hard to come by. The Audrey and Katharines of the world continue to lose their luster as thongs, rehab and outrageous behavior burn up the daily headlines. But, despite appearances, guys still want a girl they can take home to their mom, employers still like to see a tailored ...more
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published August 13th 2009 by Center Street
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Jan 12, 2012 Alejandra rated it did not like it
I was horribly disappointed in this book.

For starters, the author has no idea who Audrey Hepburn is. She said that classy women should stick to non-alcoholic beverages. Lol. Not Audrey OR Katharine. Which Hepburn are you trying to teach us to be like?
And secondly, the Author is too confused to understand what classy truly is, as page by page, she puts labels such as "stupid girls", or passes judgment on the "popular" girls in high school. Classy women do not degrade other people's life choices t
Nov 22, 2011 Shesten rated it really liked it
I was surprised to see all of the negative reviews of this title. This is not meant to be a book for women who are already married and have started families. Parts of it apply to every woman, but most of it is geared toward the single woman of any age.

With its humorous introduction and practical advice throughout, this would make a fantastic high school or college graduation present for a favorite graduate you have high hopes for. Conversely, this would make a terrible wedding present.

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Mar 30, 2010 Ciara rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2010
it's hardly a secret that i read my fair share of crappy books. but usually i can justify them. for example, i don't really have anything against "chick lit," & sometimes the books that are marketed as chick lit are interestingly subversive takes on contemporary heteronormativity & beauty standards.

i don't really have an opinion on audrey hepburn, but i picked this up (at the library, THANK GOD i didn't waste my duckets on this shill) because it looked like a very quick read & i was
May 30, 2011 M E L I S S A rated it did not like it
The premise of this book is a good one, but the execution is piss poor. Having style and grace in an era when a classless half-wit like Paris Hilton is considered a role model is a refreshing message, but the author sets us up to believe that the attributes described would be reminiscent of the refined and elegant Audrey Hepburn when in fact they are better likened to college girl sorority life. The chapter about choosing friends and finding ones that can make you laugh so hard that a soft drink ...more
melanie (lit*chick)
Sep 22, 2009 melanie (lit*chick) rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I understand the criticism in the other reviews, but I think they are expecting more than the book actually promises. I give her a 5 for intent and a 2.5/3 for execution - I am the choir to whom she preaches, although a senior member. Yes she is speaking out against the modern culture that she also sites in her many examples, but her motives are true. And her conversational tone is just right for this slim volume that reminds young ladies to be young ladies ala Miss Hepburn.

The author
Jan 03, 2010 Abigail rated it did not like it
This book should have come with a warning that it was meant as a style and class guide for cleaning up those who idolize "Jersey Shore". If you don't dress like a street walker, haven't been in a physical altercation at a bar in the last month, and can name five foreign countries, you probably don't need this book.
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
How To Be A Hepburn In A Hilton World by Jordan Christy is a how-to book for young women/professionals about becoming a classy woman. I first picked up this book without realizing it was non-fiction; I was just intrigued by the catchy title and the cute cover. When I found out it was more of a self-help book, I was still willing to give it a try.

In a world where most young girls strive to gain attention (and not always in a good way), Christy sets out to teach readers that being classy and whole
Sep 03, 2009 Kris rated it did not like it
With such a lovely cover and a promising title, I really expected something deeper than what this book offers. Disappointed to discover an informal chat about shallow, vapid girls and how awful it is to be a shallow and vapid girl.

This book provides such sage advice as: wear a longer skirt so your cheeks won't show, don't chase after men, and become more interesting by reading a book. In addition to being underwhelmed by the chatty writing style, I was completely annoyed by the constant pop cult
Oct 11, 2012 Jen rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club-book
I thought this gal has a great point...positive, strong, intelligent role models are needed for the young girls of today. A lot of what they see of women in the media today portrays women as dumb, selfish, ill mannered, diva-ish, and very, very sleazy. our society is obsessed with "reality" tv where the more extreme your behavior, the longer your 15 minutes of fame can last; where people like Paris Hilton and the Kardashians are famus for who knows what, and yet magazines follow and report their ...more
Aug 22, 2010 Crissy rated it liked it
Ah, what to say? I loved the title, the introduction, the premise and the first few chapters... then it devolved into "how a get a man" and I lost interest completely. What I love about it: how it demonstrates that not all women are stupid and silly, or desire to fit that mold. That there is hope for modest, classy, sensible, and dare I say intelligent and possibly brilliant women to make a mark on our world without resorting to short skirts and stilettos. I am disgusted by the tramps traipsing ...more
Oct 10, 2009 Treasa rated it really liked it
I never read books like this, and maybe that's why I suddenly decided to read this one and devoured it in a matter of hours. It's a very fun read. It serves the purpose of helping advise young women on how to behave and dress in order to stay classy in this world of skimpy clothes and girls who can't string together three coherent words without throwing in a few "likes." The book is very much up-to-date, including issues such as how to behave on Facebook. The author brings a great sense of humor ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it
Ironically lacking in intelligence, wit, and basic entertainment.

I have a deep affection for, and large collection of, terrible lifestyle advice books for women. Highlights include "No Nice Girl Swears" from 1928 and "Always Ask a Man" from 1965. I expected this book to be in a similar mold, and I was prepared to enjoy it for what it was. I wasn't prepared for an author with a revisionist history view of the 1950's (apparently that was when men really respected women), a surprising love for unfo
Shannon Snow
Oct 03, 2011 Shannon Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To all the people who think that this book is unoriginal and presents nothing new to the rules of etiquette and class, venture out to some public place. Just take a gander at teenage girls these days. Thongs hanging out, bra cups intentionally visible, overall obnoxious ignorance; we need a refresh. Bad. I, as a 14 year old, public high school-attending girl, have an inside perspective on what this generation considers polite and acceptable. This self help is a breath of fresh air. I thought it ...more
Bookish Jen
Nov 02, 2013 Bookish Jen rated it did not like it
In a world of D-list celebs like table-tossing Real Housewives, teen moms turned porn stars, and famewhores whose last name starts with K, it can be a miracle to find a celebrity we can look up to for her talent, compassion, elegance and all-around good manners. No wonder so many people still look up to Audrey Hepburn even though she’s passed away over twenty years ago.

I am a huge fan of the late Miss Hepburn so at first I was thrilled to find Jordan Christy’s How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton Wor
Jan 10, 2010 MountainMouse rated it did not like it
Recommended to MountainMouse by: library
The subject is an interesting one, which is why I picked up the book. However, I have a few issues with it, which is why I have not finished it yet.

First of all, the tone of the book, as mentioned by other reviewers, is somewhat annoying. It's written in a very casual manner, almost too casual to accept it as a guide on acting classy. It's as if you can hear the author speaking her words as part of a conversation with a friend. I guess some people like that kind of thing, but for me, it almost t
Apr 19, 2010 Missy rated it it was amazing

"It won't be pretty for a while, my friends, but we'll get through it together," from page 73 of Jordan Christy's "How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World" sums up Christy's approach to mentoring women who want to live "with style, class and grace." Unlike a self help book, Christy has written a reference manual of modern etiquette that draws on the wisdom of old-fashioned advice.

In the introduction, Christy acquaints the reader with the "Stupid Girls," who epitomize the antithesis of living with
Jan 30, 2011 emily rated it did not like it
this book is just slut-shaming written by an obviously insecure woman who feels threatened by every woman confident enough to wear a short skirt, flirt and dance without shame. she acts as though it's a horrendous crime against proper womanhood to not be quiet, prim and proper - which fine, i don't like loud, rowdy women either, however it is one's right to live how they choose. i was looking for some fun little tips in this book, instead it was really a rant against unquiet women and reasons wh ...more
Gina Denny
Jan 11, 2015 Gina Denny rated it did not like it


I expected something in the vein of "Girls Gone Mild" - a well-researched exploration of a subculture that encourages women to respect themselves, their partners, and teach their daughters to do the same.

What I got instead was a an extended Cosmo article, complete with quizzes (I'm so not kidding), exploiting the Madonna-Whore dichotomy.

I'm out.
Sep 21, 2014 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: femininity
Our culture is in desperate need of real women with brains, beauty, and self-respect--women who aren't afraid to take risks, dream big, and order. If we don't do it, who will?
Oct 22, 2009 Katrina rated it liked it
This little gem is a self help guide for all of those stupid girls in our lives. You know the ones, girls that dress like a street walker, wear far too much make up and drop the f-bomb with, like, every sentence. This books can help them realize the "value of manners, responsibility and modesty."

"It appears as though the majority of our female generation is being represented by a couple of skinny airheads out in LA."

Some of the topics highlighted are make-up application, wardrobe, friendships,
Dec 29, 2012 Guarina rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
The author of this book needs some desperate research. The title does not fit at all the contents of the book. It barely discusses HOW to be an Audrey and it is actually very biased. The book discusses topics like the actions of today's Hollywood society, not to make the first move in a relationship [which in my opinion, is retarded (no other word to describe it) considering we don't live in the 19th century anymore and it has nothing to do with class], how to "choose your friends", among other ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Amy rated it did not like it
Normally I dont bother to review a book as a star rating kind of says it all for me, but my God did this book piss me off. (and I know the author is cringing cuz of my use of that word) Where to begin... I say heed the multiple terrible reviews this book has recieved. This is not a book that tells you how to be classy on modern society but rather how to have women go 50 years into the past and lose all the freedoms our grandmothers worked hard for... all while implying shes doing the opposite. W ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Angelica rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The thing is, you have to take it with a grain of salt, because the writer is straight up telling you how she thinks you should live your life. Just because you read a book, doesn't mean you have to change yourself, but if it changes you, that's different. I think a lot of people that rated this poorly misunderstood it. For example, a woman mentioned that the author said to sip nonalcoholic beverages, I think what she meant is that if you're a bit of a "Hilton", it may be easi ...more
Coley G
Dec 01, 2013 Coley G rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope-nope-nope
Books like this are just gross. The title should've clued me in faster because anyone who uses a real person's name (Hilton) as a catch-all term for "slut" is already a elitist, unsympathetic simpleton who never got out of the high school mindset. (Though, honestly, she barely mentions either Hepburns or Hilton to any extent.) Still, a friend wanted it for Xmas, so I bought it and flipped through the pages. Audrey Hepburn was an amazing woman from her ballet dancing to her acting to her social a ...more
Dec 19, 2011 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
This should be next to Romeo and Juliet for a young girl's curriculum.
This is not a book about manners or which fork is used for salad, it is about how to have a healthy social life in TODAY'S society. Geared toward a young adult audience, this truly teaches women that they so not have to act like Snooki to fit in.
I was attracted to the title, being an enormous fan of Audrey Hepburn. I am glad that Jordan Christy uses many examples of classy, intelligent, beautiful, and successful women from Ha
Feb 24, 2013 Maggie rated it liked it
As an Audrey Hepburn fan, as soon as I saw this title I had to have it. Overall, I did enjoy this book. Taken as a sad yet humorous critique of how too many women behave and what too many young girls aspire to be, it is a decent read. It is a call to exercise the rights we have as women in a society that rewards "stupid girl" behavior such as excessive club hopping and alcohol consumption while playing dumb, wearing far too little clothing and cussing up a storm. It is cool to be classy and use ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Jewelianne rated it liked it
There is nothing I like to read more than a good etiquette book. Really! I'm not making that up! I think that manners and grace are important. This book in particular I have been wanting to read for quite a long time. Unfortunately, I found it disappointing.

I tend to agree with the author on most things she covers. Primarily, in that I think girls and young women need more positive role models. But I depart from agreeing with the author when she veers dangerously close to "slut shaming." I may
Mar 11, 2016 Relyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young women
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at the library
My friend Katie loves Audrey so much that she calls her favorite, classy and kind friends, "my Audreys". Of course I had to read this book when I spotted it. The message was fantastic, but WAY too young for me. The book is aimed at 20 somethings who are firmly routed in celebutante fandom. Not me. Not even close. Here's something she said that I really loved:
It doesn't matter if you work at McDonald's or the Trump Tower - are you punctual and courteous? It is not a matter of whether you wen to
May 08, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this succinct book. It is a new feminist manifesto! The author says simply that as women she would show respect to all the women who came before us by working hard, being dignified, and acting with class. In the book she gives a nod to Aretha Franklin's song, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, which is frankly one of the best songs of ALL TIME and is up there as one of my favorites! As far as appearance I think Jordan missed a couple of things--a) a quality bra that fits properly is an essential and b) a go ...more
Nov 05, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Cute little book about being classy. I think some of the tips are common sense, but I suspect for many, they aren't. Mostly, I liked the message about how women fought for their rights for a long time and there are a lot of people out there throwing it away by being classless. She's definitely not advocating being an airhead; instead, she's advocating being intelligent, creative, and different. It's nice to read something positive, though not necessarily empowering (give this book to a high scho ...more
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