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Etiquette for the End of the World

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A romantic comedy of post-millennial manners, apocalyptic career moves, and a woman’s last chance to get life right…


It’s not the end of the world. That’s what 39-year-old Tess Eliot has to remind herself after losing her newspaper column (“Tess Knows Best”) and being dumped by her boyfriend for a younger woman (a feng shui
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Liza Dawson Associates
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Reeka (BoundbyWords)
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
As seen on my blog (read my interview with the author!):

*Note: This is a 4.5/5 rating*
There has not been a book that's made me laugh out loud like this in a long time. A few pages in and I was already completely taken by Tess Eliot, and her slew of misfortunes. She was such an easy character to relate to-throw in her love for writing and her job experience in multiple publishing houses, and she officially became one of my favourite female characters, not to mention one I envied. It was so
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm afraid I've been too liberal with my stars as of late, and this book was supposed to be first on the receiving list of my new crackdown. But the book was too good! It earned its five stars, so here I go again, handing out a five star rating like I have them to spare. This book was a delight, from beginning to end! There's lovable characters, romance, mystery, and hilarity.

Tess Eliot's world is falling apart when she loses her brother to a family feud, then her boyfriend to another woman,
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Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick....before the world ends: READ THIS BOOK!! Witty, wise, and winning, Etiquette for the End of the World is a two-for-one. You not only get a sci fi story about the end of the world that's just around the corner (12-21-12, according to the Mayan calendar), but a guide to etiquette for life as we never thought we'd know it! I was immediately hooked by the voice of Tess, an out-of-work social advice columnist for a local newspaper on Manhattan's Upper West Side ("Tess Knows Best!") who gets ...more
Dalma Heyn
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Etiquette for the End of the World is a funny, charming and knowing look at post-2012 romance, a novel whose heroine is the funny, charming and knowing feelance writer, Tess. Assigned the dreaded task of authoring a post-Amy Vanderbilt dating primer, Tess calls on her own experience in advising readers.“You are going to have to lower your standards somewhat,” she notes drily; today's women "can no longer rule out thieves and murderers from the dating pool.” Don’t be too picky about a potential ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galley, nook
Tess is completely down on her luck, so of course she jumps at the first paying gig she comes across: writing a post- apocalyptic self-help book for a group of doomsday crazies. This of course leads to hilarity and (slightly amusing) adventure. This would have been a solid three stars, but the final glimpse from Tess's handbook - "12 Rules to Live and Die By:- was hilarious and lent itself to a solid 3 1/2. Darn you, Goodreads, and your no 1/2 stars policy!
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a Mayan prophecy predicting the demise of the world, SOMEONE needs to write an end times book of etiquette so there isn’t panic and bad behavior when civilization collapses, and Tess is determined that the someone will be her. Not that she actually believes the doomsday prophecy, but her wealthy potential employer is almost looking forward its fulfillment, and since Tess’s own life is already pretty much of a disaster she needs the job. Plus she’ll be conferring with a movie star handsome ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delicious combination of angst, romance, soul-searching and screwball comedy. I wanted to spend more time with these characters!
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a pleasure to find fiction that is captivating AND funny! Hope there will be a sequel!
Jennifer D
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am finally finished. FINALLY!! I thought that this book would never end. I had to put it down multiple times just so I would have enough patience to make it through one more chapter. I must say that I am proud of myself for making it all the way through and not giving up like I so so wanted to do.

This is how I felt while reading this

and this

and when I wasn't passing out while reading, this is what I wanted to do

and this

Yep, that pretty much sums that up.

This ARC was provided by Liza Dawson
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Enjoyable read. Fun mixture of romantic comedy, post-apocalyptic fiction and mystery.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
When I spotted Etiquette for the End of the World on NetGalley, I was immediately entranced by its old-fashioned cover. It shows a somewhat regal-looking lady against an NYC backdrop and the tag line claims it to be Bridget Jones for the new Millenium (oh God, no, that’s an insult to this novel, to be fair, as I really didn’t like Bridget Jones). With 2012 being a pretty serious year – if you’re a believer that the world will indeed end in December (I do not believe it in the slightest, and ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I really wanted to like this book. It has a great concept. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it.

With all of the kooky characters and random jet setting--(Tess complains about Eat, Pray, Love and how that main character just drops everything to travel and then she herself ends up in Mexico and England. I thought you were recently unemployed and in credit card debt?) this book doesn't really come together.

There was just so much bogging it down that had little to do with anything.

Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
39-year-old Tess Eliot has been dumped by her boyfriend after 4 years, lost her newspaper column ‘Tess Knows Best’ and is in a family feud with her brother. Desperate for a job she takes on a project to write an etiquette guide preparing readers for the doomsday of December 21, 2012.

We get to read bits and pieces of the etiquette guide while Tess is writing it. The etiquette guide is absolutely hilarious! The novel, while being humorous, is not as great as the etiquette guide itself. It’s a
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am not normally attracted to this type of fiction but I loved it. I could not help be laugh at the humor in it. I just might have to get a copy of the, " twelve rules to live and die by" for my desk. ;)
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun read. The black humor of how one might want to behave in the aftermath of the Mayan Calendar predictions was tied together with a sweet, somewhat unexpected romance and compelling suspense. I look forward to finding other books by this author.
Suki Korp
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is actually a 4.5/5 in my eyes-it got a little bogged-down in a spot or two, but was great fun and I will probably read it again someday. Very enjoyable!
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
For some women, finding themselves on the cusp of forty, unmarried, childless, and recently dumped by both boyfriend and employer is akin to the apocalypse. And for Tess Eliot, it sure does seem that way. When she is hired by WOOSH, World Organization for Omniscient Solstice Harbingers, to write a book, Tess thinks her luck is starting to turn. Except for one teensy little problem. The WOOSH'ers believe the supposed Mayan prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012, and the book Tess ...more
Read it @ Gone Pecan

Tess Eliot has just been fired from her job writing a newspaper column and is down on her luck. The only job she can find is working for a fringe Doomsday “cult” that wants her to write a book about how transition to a world where it’s important to learn how to navigate without our modern day amenities and think more about personal survival and where our next meal is coming from. Desperate, she takes the job even though she thinks the group is made up of harmless nutjobs. She
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a case of cover love for me. That is, I loved the cover so much that it enticed me to read this book (the book summary didn't hurt either). Look at it! If the end of the world is happening why not put on a fancy dress and pearls? I totally would do that!
Tess Elliot has had a run of bad luck -- from losing her job to losing her boyfriend. Because she doesn't have anything left to lose, including money, she takes on a job writing a 'survival manual' for the end of the world from a
Frk. Hyms
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sometimes you need a nice, short chick-lit to brighten your day. Something funny and easy to read. I thought that was just what I got, when I decided to read Etiquette for the End of the World. I was wrong!

It has the classic chick-lit-start: Woman has been left by boyfriend, lost her job and is desperate for something to happen. Granted, Tess is a bit older than my usual chick-lit-reads protagonists, but actually it never really shows. She could just as well have been 25. She comes across a
T. Reader
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This witty, wacky novel struck me as a clever update of the wonderful screwball romantic comedies of the 1930s. Upper West Sider Tess Eliott is the smart, sparkling, but at-sea heroine, a newly unemployed newspaper columnist who lands a peculiar freelance assignment: write an etiquette book for WOOSH, a shadowy organization obsessed with the Mayan-predicted “end of the world,” due to hit in December 2012. Enter debonair Peter Barrett, WOOSH’s too handsome, too perfect, too charming fundraiser ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Etiquette" is a hilarious screwball comedy that takes place with the threat of possible world destruction tingeing all behavior, both wacky and otherwise. It's a great page-turner with the added bonus of smart, witty and true advice for post-apocalyptic times, which works just as well for our own version of everyday doomsday. Tess and Harriet are characters so true you think you know them but I wish there was more of a stage for a few of the "lesser" personalities who are equally quirky and ...more
Barbara Peterson
Do judge a book by its cover -- because this one lives up to the promise of its brilliantly clever title.

I read this in one sitting, and literally laughed out loud at regular intervals. It is that rare combination of humor, romance and mystery. I found the main character very credible, and Martinet sends up the New York publishing scene like a real pro..

Let's hope the world doesn't end too soon -- so that we can look forward to more from this talented writer.
A.R. Taylor
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
ETIQUETTE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD has all the pleasures of chick-lit, but deeper ones too, a great deal of fascinating lore about myths and mysteries that alternately comfort us or scare us to death. I'd say this book is a happy meeting between Noel Coward and Nora Ephron, sophisticated richly humorous, and oddly enough, full of excellent advice for the little apocalypses we encounter every day.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun! It was funny and smart. The characters were engaging and the story was an interesting one. It was fairly original and I really liked the execution of it. This was a quick, light read that I'd recommend to anyone who wants some fun, humorous chick lit.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice fun, light read. It's been a while since I've read chick-lit so it was a refreshing change. The snippets of the etiguette guide that she was commissioned to write are hilarious. I'd read the book if it were ever written ;)
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Silly cute story. Kind of predictable but I still really enjoyed it.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it

I liked this light hearted story about the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. Love, spy's, whoosh
Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know that person that starts telling you some story and it goes a little something like this?

"So I have to tell you this story! I was on the train and this thing happened! And...well, before I got on the train, my best friend Mary (you remember her, right?) helped me do this thing at home. So anyway, on the train, I thought of Mary and then I saw this thing and then...well, on the train, I forgot to mention that I also met my ex-partner Joe (you remember him too right?), and so Joe and I did
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Jeanne Martinet is the author of eight books, including the THE ART OF MINGLING, which has sold more than 150,000 copies and been published in ten countries. She has been featured in such publications as: The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, The U.S. News and World Report,, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, TimeOut New York, Cosmopolitan, ...more