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your guide to cool

The Cool Book
A Teen-Ager’s Guide to Survival in a Square Society
Unger
1961

 

Teens! Do you feel out of the loop? Do you feel you don’t understand all the “squares” trying to make you fit in? Time to be COOL! This book has all the info you need to be one of the cool kids at school. This book will help you figure out all the cool and hilarious rules for dating,  necking, breaking up, and meeting a dreamboat of a guy. Be sure to read some of the sample pages. Best of all, this book has some of the best cool jokes and insults (example: “Aren’t you Lana Turner’s sister, Stomach Turner?”).

Working on my cool factor,

Mary

 

be cool back cover

how to complement boys

things to do besides neck

how to ask for a date

make decisions about your future

tips for girls

how to start a summer romance

how to make friends with a boy

28 comments

    1. Yes, yes it was (according to Time Magazine, at least). Here’s a sample:
      A Martian lands on Broadway, hops up to a ducktail-coifed youth in pink pegged pants, asks: “Who are you?” Reply: “Say, daddy-o, I’m a cat.” Martian: “Take me to your litter.”

    2. Yes, martian jokes were a BIG thing when Sputnik went up and My Favorite Martian was on television. . . as you can tell, I am really old.

  1. “If she is ugly – ask her to a masquerade party” I….I really don’t know how to feel about that.

  2. Good grief. I was in high school when this book came out. (Yeah, I know how old that makes me.) Were we really that stupid? How embarrassing.

  3. Wow… that’s…

    Well, the girl’s advice could have come from my grandmother, who once told me, “Boys like to feel like they’re smart and they’ve saved the day, so just tell them you never could have figured out how to fix something without them.”

    And yet, in the middle of the nonsense, the shockingly sensible instruction to ask out someone you have something in common with. How did that sneak in there?

    1. … and similarly the career advice: Find something that you enjoy doing AND is useful to others AND pays well. Three out of three is ideal; two of three you can live with; one or none and you’ll be dissatisfied all your life. How did that sneak in there?

      Granted, the female reader in 1961 didn’t have much choice about which two to settle for, but something tells me this page was in the For Boys Only section.

  4. Ugh. It reminds me of last week when I was watching T.V. with my mom. There was nothing else on, so she switched it to Cozy TV and put “Gidget” on. Anyway, the episode was about the main character trying to buy a car. Her father initially says no, because she doesn’t know how to fix it. So she enrolls in Mechanics and starts hanging out with the guys in her class. But she keeps failing. I thought the lesson was going to be about perseverance or patience. I assumed that she’d work harder and then be proud of herself. Nope. At the end the end of the episode she says “I really shouldn’t make life so complicated. I like when women and women and men are men. I don’t have to do anything-as long as there’s a man around!” It was slightly upsetting.

    1. That’s one of the few episodes I’ve seen and yes, way sexist. Though the advice to let the man think you’re helpless seems to have been the norm back then–I’ve seen it other places.

    2. “It was slightly upsetting.”
      More than slightly, if you remember that the whole point of the real-life Gidget’s story was that she succeeded in an activity–surfing–that had previously been male-only.

  5. The weird part is, sometimes I can tell the author is joking, but sometimes I’m not sure if he is or not! “Let your dad hint that he has nobody to take over the business” – joking? Or serious?

  6. so girls are supposed to avoid kissing on a date, but it is OK to “wear your skimpiest bikini, or better yet, forget to wear your skimpiest bikini” – what kind of messages are we sending here?

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