From the book:
"Some of my tactics involve being dishonest. For example, pretending you bake a cake when you really bought it at the store. I don't think lying is the right way to live your life. But extreme situations call for extreme solutions. (extreme about cake?) The only reason I give the advice I do is because the current expectations of motherhood are so unrealistic. Call fudging your culinary skills the lesser of two evils."
And the other evil option was?....to say, "Thanks! I picked it up at Kroger's. Their Buttercream is delicious!" Cue the sinister music. Ooooh...Evil!
I'm being a bit mean to this book. Please don't misunderstand. It is a hilarious book that has some very practical tips, like dressing "artsy" (boots and tie-dye to avoid being chosen to head committees) and using proper brown-nosing techniques. It also works as a great faux-tact translator: "Max is very creative and energetic!" really means Max is from hell and needs to be medicated. Hilarious and helpful. So, if you don't want to feel comfortable with who you are but you do want to be accepted by other people who aren't comfortable with who you are either, this is a GREAT book!
By the end of it (read: appendix,) the tone changed and the author gave kudos to brave women, such as Betty Ford who was honest about her problems and helped pave the way for women with similar struggles to get the help they needed.
And in the end, it says,
"Remember that being White Trash is all about being who you are and not giving into the pressure of what other people think."
I completely agree with that statement, even if the rest of the book did not support it.