Book review: Field Guide to Chicks of the United States by Joe Bovino

WARNING: You need a sense of humor to read this review. If you take things way too seriously and find yourself easily insulted, then this book is not for you. Stop reading here. To the rest of you — if you find raunchy humor funny and find yourself laughing while watching Pauley Shore in Bio-Dome, continue reading…

While at a bar, have you ever glanced around the room and placed the people around you into sub-groups? Or is that a game that you play strictly at sporting events, outdoors shows and carnivals? Either way, Joe Bovino took these observations one step further and produced Field Guide to Chicks of the United States.

Field Guide to Chicks of the United States divides “chicks” (A.K.A. women, in case you need that to be further defined) into three groups: Regional, Ethnic and Other. Each of these groups is broken down further by area of the country (Regional), country of origin (Ethnic) and amount of baggage and/or issues (Other.) From there, each individual species is described by categories like behavior, song (what to talk about and how to strike up a conversation), mating, magnets (who she’s attracted to), populations, habitat and migration. There are also ratings on traits like friendliness, neuroticism, maintenance and promiscuity. Each species is accompanied by a cartoon drawing of the “chick” in question.

The first thing I did after receiving this book was to flip through it and try to find my particular species. Apparently, I’m a “One-Size-Fits-All” who’s indigenous to the Great Lakes States. After cracking up laughing at the amazingly accurate description, I made the mistake of handing the book to my husband, who read it cover to cover and then lent it to his brother before I could write this review. Both judged it to be accurate and funny at the same time. They’ve lived all over the U.S. and have encountered quite a few of these “species.”

If you’re one of those people who find humor in just about anything, isn’t easily insulted, or are under the age of 22 and living in a frat house, you will love Field Guide to Chicks of the United States. Seriously? It’s just good plain fun. Sometimes you need to lighten up and flip through something hilarious. And please, if you find this book distasteful and my thoughts on it disturbing, don’t send me hate mail. I warned you at the beginning of this review.

Field Guide to Chicks of the United States by Joe Bovino is not out in stores yet, but can be preordered here.

(Disclaimed: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. For more information, please check out my disclosure policy.)


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