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The New York Times bestselling authors of I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies and Nice Is Just a Place in France are back with a guide on how to thrive professionally, get ahead in the workforce, and basically become the Beyoncé of whatever you aspire to do. We get it. You run shit. You can go from being blackout at drunk brunch to being ready to meet your new boyfriend’s par The New York Times bestselling authors of I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies and Nice Is Just a Place in France are back with a guide on how to thrive professionally, get ahead in the workforce, and basically become the Beyoncé of whatever you aspire to do. We get it. You run shit. You can go from being blackout at drunk brunch to being ready to meet your new boyfriend’s parents in two seconds. But how do you go from being the boss of your personal life to taking charge of your career? That’s where the Betches come in. We are dedicated to making you the most successful, betchiest career woman you can be. After all, we only became Betches after we worked like, really hard. And now we’re confident enough to help you become the best. You’re welcome. You can thank us later. As New York Times bestselling author Jessica Knoll says, “I only ever want the cold, hard truth from a betch.” So whether you’re trying to become a CEO, navigate an office hookup, or just save enough money to go to happy hour twice a week, we’re here to help. It’s time to channel your inner Elle Woods, Miranda Priestly, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Per our last email, you better read this.


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The New York Times bestselling authors of I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies and Nice Is Just a Place in France are back with a guide on how to thrive professionally, get ahead in the workforce, and basically become the Beyoncé of whatever you aspire to do. We get it. You run shit. You can go from being blackout at drunk brunch to being ready to meet your new boyfriend’s par The New York Times bestselling authors of I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies and Nice Is Just a Place in France are back with a guide on how to thrive professionally, get ahead in the workforce, and basically become the Beyoncé of whatever you aspire to do. We get it. You run shit. You can go from being blackout at drunk brunch to being ready to meet your new boyfriend’s parents in two seconds. But how do you go from being the boss of your personal life to taking charge of your career? That’s where the Betches come in. We are dedicated to making you the most successful, betchiest career woman you can be. After all, we only became Betches after we worked like, really hard. And now we’re confident enough to help you become the best. You’re welcome. You can thank us later. As New York Times bestselling author Jessica Knoll says, “I only ever want the cold, hard truth from a betch.” So whether you’re trying to become a CEO, navigate an office hookup, or just save enough money to go to happy hour twice a week, we’re here to help. It’s time to channel your inner Elle Woods, Miranda Priestly, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Per our last email, you better read this.

30 review for When's Happy Hour?: Work Hard So You Can Hardly Work

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Feke

    I work from home as a medical consultant. According to The Betches, I must be a pathetic loser who never gets any work done. They don't know me at all! These millenial women sure have an "interesting" way of looking at things and honestly, that's why I read it. As a middle-aged woman, I am curious to see how younger generations look at the world. Much of the advice in this often comedic book is obvious, other bits and pieces a bit off the rails. For example, I strongly discourage women from swip I work from home as a medical consultant. According to The Betches, I must be a pathetic loser who never gets any work done. They don't know me at all! These millenial women sure have an "interesting" way of looking at things and honestly, that's why I read it. As a middle-aged woman, I am curious to see how younger generations look at the world. Much of the advice in this often comedic book is obvious, other bits and pieces a bit off the rails. For example, I strongly discourage women from swiping right on Tinder not because they are interested in a guy but because they want to "network" with his connections. This isn't LinkedIn, folks. I am sure it is going to go over well when the guy is rejected but asked to hook up these women with his buddies. Other advice, like how to deal with toxic people in the office, is a bit more practical when you look past the wise-ass delivery. Altogether, it's an amusing book but not one that will speak to everyone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Archana Manohar

    As a woman is in late twenties, works a 9-5 job, loves it and earns a six figure salary doing so ( the only reason I bring up money is because apparently this book is a guide to be a rockstar employee who earns well) I can vouch that this book is not worth your time or effort. Reasons: - Every single idea in this book can be discussed in a single blog post and it has been in a multitude of brilliant posts in other digital media. - There is no tangible benefit from any of the so called ideas. Yes, As a woman is in late twenties, works a 9-5 job, loves it and earns a six figure salary doing so ( the only reason I bring up money is because apparently this book is a guide to be a rockstar employee who earns well) I can vouch that this book is not worth your time or effort. Reasons: - Every single idea in this book can be discussed in a single blog post and it has been in a multitude of brilliant posts in other digital media. - There is no tangible benefit from any of the so called ideas. Yes, I know I am supposed to befriend the good girl in the office, the question is how do I? - Unnecessarily “wanna be cool” language. - Lack of actual experience; I might be wrong here, but I don’t think these women have actually worked a corporate job before they started their own gig. I could go on and on. I love to read women, and I picked up this book thinking “what’s better than a woman author? Obviously women authors!” and was distributed at the lack of quality and content and disgusted at how marketing seams to sell everything cool. Stay away and save your time on something worth your time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Runner10

    When’s Happy Hour? Is filled with timely advice in the modern workplace. I found myself laughing and cringing when I read this book. I think young professionals will enjoy this book and may even recognize some situations they have already been navigating.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is a great book for someone starting out in their career. Funny and useful advice!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shari Suarez

    I know I'm not the target audience for this book. I'm not a Millennial and I'm not just out of college. I think this book has some good advice for young women just leaving college. I'm sure the casual tone will appeal to Millennials and Gen Z. It just seemed a bit much for me. Too many references to the Bachelor and Vanderpump Rules for me. The authors have two best selling books already so there must be a market for this type of book. I did appreciate the chapter on harrassment and I found myse I know I'm not the target audience for this book. I'm not a Millennial and I'm not just out of college. I think this book has some good advice for young women just leaving college. I'm sure the casual tone will appeal to Millennials and Gen Z. It just seemed a bit much for me. Too many references to the Bachelor and Vanderpump Rules for me. The authors have two best selling books already so there must be a market for this type of book. I did appreciate the chapter on harrassment and I found myself nodding my head at the Betches take on feminism. I'm sure they have another hit on their hands with the right audience.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma Rappaport

    ⭐️ 3.5 I thought this book was a funny, relatable, well-rounded guide to entering the career world. It was a quick read, and I loved the way the chapters were organized (and the quotes/tidbits they added throughout). This book made me laugh out loud and sometimes hit too close to home, but it offered some solid advice! Although majority of the content for me was common sense or stuff I had learned about, I do believe everyone can learn at least one new thing from this. Obviously, the brand is known ⭐️ 3.5 I thought this book was a funny, relatable, well-rounded guide to entering the career world. It was a quick read, and I loved the way the chapters were organized (and the quotes/tidbits they added throughout). This book made me laugh out loud and sometimes hit too close to home, but it offered some solid advice! Although majority of the content for me was common sense or stuff I had learned about, I do believe everyone can learn at least one new thing from this. Obviously, the brand is known for being pretty straightforward and even said so in the beginning of the book, but there were some very small sections I wasn’t a fan of based on their approach to discussing. I also hoped they could be more inclusive, and they definitely tried which I will give them credit for (including admiring their own privilege and where they could only offer up so much advice). But simple things like explaining intersectionality when talking about feminism or not making it about straight sorority girls would be a good perspective. Altogether, I think this is a well-rounded career advice book that gives the must know basics while empowering women. For those of us entering the work force, and for millennial/gen-z women, it’s a decent quick read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maddie Lamothe

    Good lord I read the first chapter of this and the privileged white feminism is almost laughable- I don’t even mean it in a harsh way but it’s impossible to ignore the fact that while they go on about the history of feminism it feels ridiculously surface level. I don’t think they mention people of color or non binary people once. Feels like I’m grasping at straws to say it’s good that they wrote about history but that part left a bad taste in my mouth. Not to mention at the end of the chapter th Good lord I read the first chapter of this and the privileged white feminism is almost laughable- I don’t even mean it in a harsh way but it’s impossible to ignore the fact that while they go on about the history of feminism it feels ridiculously surface level. I don’t think they mention people of color or non binary people once. Feels like I’m grasping at straws to say it’s good that they wrote about history but that part left a bad taste in my mouth. Not to mention at the end of the chapter they have an advice column- their advice to the person was literally to ask someone else what they should do😂Then again it is my fault for trying to read it after they preface the intro by basically saying they’re white girls with who went to a good college/have rich parents lollll

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Bonomo

    This book was hilarious. Probably more on par with a 3.5 star rating but this was a great career book for millennials working in corporate American. I thought there were actually some great points in here regarding salary negotiation, office etiquette and what it’s like being a woman in the workplace in 2019.

  9. 5 out of 5

    torin_kylara

    I'm sorry, this book is not good. I thought it would be a funny comedy book about escaping work (that is what the title implies, no...?), but instead it was just a (tries to be) mildly amusing how-to guide for new employees. Ugh. No one wants to read that. Do you know how many books on business I have read? The like 3 that were required for my business class and that was it. Until this one. No, nobody wants to read a book on how-to in business. If I need to get advice on how to perform in a certai I'm sorry, this book is not good. I thought it would be a funny comedy book about escaping work (that is what the title implies, no...?), but instead it was just a (tries to be) mildly amusing how-to guide for new employees. Ugh. No one wants to read that. Do you know how many books on business I have read? The like 3 that were required for my business class and that was it. Until this one. No, nobody wants to read a book on how-to in business. If I need to get advice on how to perform in a certain situation, I will ask my friends and if they don't know, I will ask the internet. I don't need a 300+ page book to flip through every time I have questions. Also, if I did turn to this book for my questions? I wouldn't get any answers. More generic advice for more generic situations, with only a few actual real-world scenarios and solutions (none of which apply to me) sprinkled here and there. So, no, I don't recommend this book for anybody. Not those looking for humor, and not those looking for work advice. Ask reddit, you'll get a lot more practical and personal advice on there.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    In the introduction, the authors claim that this book may not be for everyone. I actually liked the introduction and the first few chapters, but I came to recognize myself as the "not for everyone" reader as the book progressed. While there was a great deal of justification for self-permission for informal language "bros" would get away with, the tone did not change throughout the book. Some nuggets of wisdom were included here in terms of how to present self, prepare for interviews, and pace ca In the introduction, the authors claim that this book may not be for everyone. I actually liked the introduction and the first few chapters, but I came to recognize myself as the "not for everyone" reader as the book progressed. While there was a great deal of justification for self-permission for informal language "bros" would get away with, the tone did not change throughout the book. Some nuggets of wisdom were included here in terms of how to present self, prepare for interviews, and pace career development, but the authors needed to change the presentation to more sincere writing or actually go the opposite way to heightened satire and comedy. I'll look up the blogs by the Betches. I suspect that I would prefer that format for this group. Simply, an old-fashioned book was not the best medium for the lessons here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy Cummings

    This would be a great graduation gift for a sorority girl. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way—I read it as a 26-year-old who has been in the “real world” for over four years now, and as someone who feels like they have a relatively solid sense of direction and success in life, there just wasn’t much in here that could help me at this point in my life. That said, the Betches are always hilarious and never fail to give great advice in a relatable way, which in itself makes the book worth pickin This would be a great graduation gift for a sorority girl. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way—I read it as a 26-year-old who has been in the “real world” for over four years now, and as someone who feels like they have a relatively solid sense of direction and success in life, there just wasn’t much in here that could help me at this point in my life. That said, the Betches are always hilarious and never fail to give great advice in a relatable way, which in itself makes the book worth picking up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lana Dial

    Definitely speaks more to women that are just entering the workforce, than women who have been working for some time. I find the book’s voice a little too juvenile and lacking in actual in-depth advice. Perhaps, being a working 40 year old woman colors my judgement, but some of these pointers just seem incredibly basic and common sense. If people need to be told that flipping out on your boss and sleeping with random coworkers is a bad idea, the problem is a lot worse than we think!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda H.

    This book was definitely written with a particular audience in mind. Though I fit their demographic perfectly, I was not the intended audience. This was a bit disappointing as I hoped to get more from this book, but I will give it props for the last few chapters (and an extra star). The premise is to provide “extremely relatable, honest, and humorous content for millennial women”. Though I can vouch for the honesty, I can’t for the relatability or humor, though some parts did occasionally make m This book was definitely written with a particular audience in mind. Though I fit their demographic perfectly, I was not the intended audience. This was a bit disappointing as I hoped to get more from this book, but I will give it props for the last few chapters (and an extra star). The premise is to provide “extremely relatable, honest, and humorous content for millennial women”. Though I can vouch for the honesty, I can’t for the relatability or humor, though some parts did occasionally make me laugh. The most frustrating aspect is the voice used. While the point is to be a straight-talk book, the overuse of “like” and cross-outs/corrections felt like the voice was trying way way too hard to keep it real. Also the prevalent assumption that most millennial women spent their college years in or wishing they were in sororities or constantly inebriated made it hard to relate for those who took work seriously even back then. There is some good career advice, although the vast majority of tips are basics one could acquire by being slightly observant and trying to be a good employee. This book is best suited for female college students who are hit or about to be hit with harsh reality once they graduate from the college bubble. In that sense it is highly valuable “stuff everyone expects you to know” advice that may be sorely needed. If you have been in the workforce for even a little while and have been a decent employee, there isn’t a whole lot to take away. There are small gems here and there, most of which are stacked in later chapters. Where this book shines is in its handling of women at work and related life concerns. The authors’ take is incredibly refreshing and presented an interesting idea about the origin of insecure masculinity. Their handling of this topic and several related chapters following was on-point and the most valuable part of this whole book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rose Walls

    As a 25 year old female who has just entered the workforce this book is extremely relatable. It had me laughing and cringing throughout its entirety and I loved how specific they would get not only with personal experience examples and stories (which had me saying I cannot believe this has happened to them too!!) but also with pop culture references that everyone understands. The only reason why I didnt give this hilarious and super helpful guide 4 stars is some references were way too far out t As a 25 year old female who has just entered the workforce this book is extremely relatable. It had me laughing and cringing throughout its entirety and I loved how specific they would get not only with personal experience examples and stories (which had me saying I cannot believe this has happened to them too!!) but also with pop culture references that everyone understands. The only reason why I didnt give this hilarious and super helpful guide 4 stars is some references were way too far out there, such as using tinder for networking with work and also they made it sound super easy to get a job and to switch jobs if there is something you don't like/agree with which is not the case at all for most university level educated peeps nowadays.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    It was...okay. Not their best work. I personally found the humor in their previous books much better. This book lacks in humor. Which I understand, this is a book about jobs. Which is a serious topic. But it's also a book written my The Betches, there are definitely ways they could have inserted more humor into the book. I would also say that the advice in this book is more focused towards the college girl audience, not the already working females. Most of the advice is fairly useless if you've a It was...okay. Not their best work. I personally found the humor in their previous books much better. This book lacks in humor. Which I understand, this is a book about jobs. Which is a serious topic. But it's also a book written my The Betches, there are definitely ways they could have inserted more humor into the book. I would also say that the advice in this book is more focused towards the college girl audience, not the already working females. Most of the advice is fairly useless if you've already been job hunting/had a job/have experience. Overall, meh. I don't think jobs is the best topic for them to write about. They should stick with dating and love, probably.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I couldn't make it past the first quarter of this book. This is a perfect example of very young, wealthy, entitled people getting popular on social media and then immediately are "experts" on how to live life and be successful. These women had no insights into anything. These fluffy self help books, are the new get rich quick schemes, full of broad generalities and no depth or substance. These books are what are feeding the upcoming generations that playing hard is most important, but the work h I couldn't make it past the first quarter of this book. This is a perfect example of very young, wealthy, entitled people getting popular on social media and then immediately are "experts" on how to live life and be successful. These women had no insights into anything. These fluffy self help books, are the new get rich quick schemes, full of broad generalities and no depth or substance. These books are what are feeding the upcoming generations that playing hard is most important, but the work hard can be skipped.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alessia

    I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I couldn't get into the writing, I found that the authors tried too hard to be relatable, and while I do enjoy a good relatable book, the authors of this book seemed to put more attention into making jokes and using slang terms (like hashtags mid sentence) rather than actually getting their point across. I flipped through the book and it just genuinely wasn't for me. It could be directed more towards people who are looking to start their own business, specifical I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I couldn't get into the writing, I found that the authors tried too hard to be relatable, and while I do enjoy a good relatable book, the authors of this book seemed to put more attention into making jokes and using slang terms (like hashtags mid sentence) rather than actually getting their point across. I flipped through the book and it just genuinely wasn't for me. It could be directed more towards people who are looking to start their own business, specifically young females, or anyone who is looking for a career change.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Lhérisson

    I enjoyed this book. I found it entertaining with some solid career advice and guidance sprinkled in. I appreciated the millennial cultural references and upbeat/light-hearted tone. I would recommend to young women just starting their full-time careers after college. The authors seem self-aware and relatable and they did a successful job making the book informational and fun. I particularly appreciated the advice of finding ways to love what you do as opposed to always doing what you love - whic I enjoyed this book. I found it entertaining with some solid career advice and guidance sprinkled in. I appreciated the millennial cultural references and upbeat/light-hearted tone. I would recommend to young women just starting their full-time careers after college. The authors seem self-aware and relatable and they did a successful job making the book informational and fun. I particularly appreciated the advice of finding ways to love what you do as opposed to always doing what you love - which can be rare.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Paulos

    The millennial woman's guide to the work force. A quick, easy read I think this book would be good for women just starting out in their careers or trying to figure out how to navigate the workforce post college. Good advice and honest truth telling that as a manager I would love for people to know. I also found good advice for myself but mostly it was a snarky entertaining read in the same style as their blog/instagram account.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lexiii

    I picked up this book during the Big Bad Wolf Sale because of the color (yah, it's really bad of me) and I find the content as pretty as its cover. If you think you are stuck at work and has been sending SOS signals for a while, this book will help you go back and reassess yourself where and what went wrong and then equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to survive and slay the workplace. The best thing about it is #womenempowerment

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    While I’m clearly not the target audience for this book (more for new grads) and the content is nothing ground-breaking, I highly enjoyed the very relevant pop culture references littered throughout the book and laughed out loud more than once. They write in a way that’s highly relatable. Enjoyed this quick read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    While the book did contain lots of great information, the constant pop-culture ties and super-casual language were distracting and often annoying. Had never heard of the Betches before receiving this book in a Goodreads giveaway. May work for others, just not for me - but, like, hey - like Betches = Valley Girls of, like, the 21st century?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melinda M

    When's Happy Hour?: Work Hard So You Can Hardly Work by The Betches is more for Milinus and Gen Z. I am not the audience this book was written for. I do not watch The Bachloer or do I know what Vanderpump Rules is. there is a market for this book just not me. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    While I wish I had read this book ages ago, I still found it truthful nearly a decade into my career. The advice is solid, and I hope more women (and even men, tbh) would take the advice in this book and apply it. I enjoyed the simple, humourous and no-bs approach to the reality of shitty corporate life, and what you can do to make it less shitty.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    I enjoy Betches, but this book in particular is really great for Gen Z vs Millennials. Great for people in college or high school about to enter the work force and are absolutely clueless and have never worked before. Great gift for a college grad or someone applying for their first job. Probably the only career book I would ever be able to read cover to cover.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam Zeiler

    It’s witty, not something that was very useful to as I’ve been in the work force a while but some chapters were good info. Will totally pass on to my sister though may give her some insight pre college with a dab of humor.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Jomaa

    This book is designed for millennials and people just starting out in their careers. I am not in this category, but with that being said, there was still some information that I found useful. The book is a quick, easy read with a rather humorous writing style.

  28. 5 out of 5

    T

    Funny, but fairly rudimentary, advice on how to have a career in the 21st century. Probably geared more towards younger millennials/gen z rather than us elder millennials who’ve been in the workforce for at least 15 years now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Minton

    Really enjoyed reading through this book. I somewhat skimmed and read sections that interested me but overall the information and advice was sound and presented in a humorous and chill manner! Love this Betches!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    This book is great if you are a fan of the Bachelor or are just entering the work force. Since I'm not with of those things, a bit of it missed the mark for me. Parts of it were funny, but a lot it it like, seemed a bit dumbed down.

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