Hey Ladies!
Based on the column of the same name that appeared in The Toast, Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to man.The women in the book are stand-ins for annoying friends that we all have. There’s Nicole, who’s always broke and tries to pay for things in Forever21 gift cards. There’s Katie, the self-important budding journalist, who thinks a retweet and a byline are the same thing. And there’s Jen, the DIY suburban bride-to-be. With a perfectly pitched sardonic tone, Hey Ladies! will have you cringing and laughing as you recognize your own friends, and even yourself.

Hey Ladies! Details

TitleHey Ladies!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherAbrams Image
ISBN-139781419729133
Rating
GenreFiction, Humor, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Comedy, Funny, Favorites, Adult, Novels

Hey Ladies! Review

  • Abby Lance
    January 1, 1970
    Listen, did I hate something about every single one of these women, except Gracie, who is me, and therefore perfect? Yes. They’re all terrible people who you care about in the way you care about your family even though they’re terrible. When *spoiler* can this book even have spoilers? Ali is passed over at first to walk down the aisle even I felt bad for her and I fucking hate her and my best friends name is Ali so that should really say something. The something that it should say is that you wi Listen, did I hate something about every single one of these women, except Gracie, who is me, and therefore perfect? Yes. They’re all terrible people who you care about in the way you care about your family even though they’re terrible. When *spoiler* can this book even have spoilers? Ali is passed over at first to walk down the aisle even I felt bad for her and I fucking hate her and my best friends name is Ali so that should really say something. The something that it should say is that you will hate all these women. And you will love them because they are not real but you know them and you cherish their bullshit all the way down because they’re your women and I think that’s what this book is about, in a roundabout way. I fucking loved it.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Here's the thing: I hated this book, I thought it was obnoxious and insufferable, and hated my life while I read it. However, damn, I couldn't stop reading it. This book is the definition of a train wreck. And, like, I get that that's the point, that's it's a satirical look at groups of girlfriends, and heck, I know I've sent my share of "Hey ladies!" emails... but ye gods. I didn't find this funny or amusing or anything but annoying.The characters were all obnoxious. Again, that's the point, bu Here's the thing: I hated this book, I thought it was obnoxious and insufferable, and hated my life while I read it. However, damn, I couldn't stop reading it. This book is the definition of a train wreck. And, like, I get that that's the point, that's it's a satirical look at groups of girlfriends, and heck, I know I've sent my share of "Hey ladies!" emails... but ye gods. I didn't find this funny or amusing or anything but annoying.The characters were all obnoxious. Again, that's the point, but still. At first, it's a lot to keep track of, but thankfully, they're all stereotypical and Flanderised that you don't really need to worry about who is who, even with the large cast of characters. The plot was minimal, and any time something exciting could happen, we obviously don't get to see it because they're not going to email each other while vacationing in SoPu (Southern Portugal) or whatever. So we only get a couple emails after about what a great vacay that was, and then back to whatever drivel the ladies needed to spew. I was looking forward to a funny read, instead I think I lost a few brain cells. The only reason it gets two stars instead of one is because it was a very captivating read, in the most mindless sense possible.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the funniest and most cringe-inducing things I’ve read, maybe ever. It is utterly ridiculous and 100% based in reality. I’m going to start gifting it immediately...
  • Cait
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good that as soon as I hit March, I was seriously considering getting a bus to the Anaheim Barnes and Noble so I could buy a physical copy (read an ebook from my library)
  • April
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap. I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so much. I'm genuinely excited for friends to get engaged so I can buy them this book. Also, considering the ending, there better be a sequel.
  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Like another reviewer, I stayed up way too late so I could finish this book. I was a huge fan of the Hey Ladies column at The Toast, and the book is amazing. It's absolutely hilarious, and it builds on the original column in smart and funny ways. There are text messages in here! You get introduced to Helene, one of the Ladies' moms! And there are side plots and intrigue and ... it's just wonderful. I laughed out loud repeatedly.
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  • ester
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed so much over this book on the subway that a dude next to me asked what I was reading. "It's a satire about female friendships," I told him. "It perfectly captures how obsessive and fraught and even smothering they can be, and also how important they are, and it's all done through emails and texts over a year while these eight friends are planning one friend's wedding." "OMG," he said, taking a picture of the cover, "that sounds great. I'll have to get it for my girlfriend. She'll love I laughed so much over this book on the subway that a dude next to me asked what I was reading. "It's a satire about female friendships," I told him. "It perfectly captures how obsessive and fraught and even smothering they can be, and also how important they are, and it's all done through emails and texts over a year while these eight friends are planning one friend's wedding." "OMG," he said, taking a picture of the cover, "that sounds great. I'll have to get it for my girlfriend. She'll love it.""Yeah, definitely," I said, and went back to reading and laughing and couldn't stop til I was done.
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  • Ngiste
    January 1, 1970
    This is the Girls of fiction. I hate skimmed it. What could have been a funny exploration of modern female friendship was just an unending list of female caricatures. Not one character in this book was compelling or even mildly unselfish (much like girls). It was maybe satirical, but if so definitely didn’t need to be novel length. 2 Stars because i wouldn’t leap and tear this book out of someone’s hands and wouldn’t mind talking about all the ways this book was terrible with someone.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    At first it seemed a great premise and that is why I picked it up but it was a terrible execution all in all. the 8 female characters were basically stereotypical caricatures of women who also were all basically very shallow and self involved. example. one of the emails towards the end on regarding a friend who had to miss one of the characters wedding due a death in the family and the reaction instead of being sympathetic it went something like this omg! my life/wedding is ruined oh and btw I a At first it seemed a great premise and that is why I picked it up but it was a terrible execution all in all. the 8 female characters were basically stereotypical caricatures of women who also were all basically very shallow and self involved. example. one of the emails towards the end on regarding a friend who had to miss one of the characters wedding due a death in the family and the reaction instead of being sympathetic it went something like this omg! my life/wedding is ruined oh and btw I am getting a facial. if this is what real woman are like in this day and age then we have certainly devolved. I would pass on this one and read something with some actual substance. if I could have given this book negative stars I would have instead I am stuck in giving it one star review and scared how this may at least from the ending might just become a series or at least have a sequel.
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  • Diane Markowitz
    January 1, 1970
    This is a delightful and funny book with wonderful illustrations. It's about eight 20and 30 something female friends, who email and text each other about planning engagement parties, wedding showers, brunches, trips, dating, and breakups. Although these friends can be snarky with each other, they are supportive and well intentioned. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and you will too!
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like I’m most like Gracie but my personal fear is that I’m really most like Ali. And that is the brilliance of this book. That I can see parts of myself in each of these women, while swearing I’m nothing like any of them.
  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Hey Ladies!!When The Toast folded I didn't think I would ever again get my fix of these amazing email threads. When I read Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz were coming out with a whole freaking book of Ali, Jen, Gracie, and co., I was elated.These emails are way too relatable and I hate the bit of me I see in many of these girls. (I like to think I'm a Gracie with a dash of Morgan, but real talk, I'm probably a Katie.)Hey Ladies! is laugh-out-loud funny. Our girls exchange emails and texts o Hey Ladies!!When The Toast folded I didn't think I would ever again get my fix of these amazing email threads. When I read Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz were coming out with a whole freaking book of Ali, Jen, Gracie, and co., I was elated.These emails are way too relatable and I hate the bit of me I see in many of these girls. (I like to think I'm a Gracie with a dash of Morgan, but real talk, I'm probably a Katie.)Hey Ladies! is laugh-out-loud funny. Our girls exchange emails and texts over a year as they plan Jen's wedding and the attendant bridal showers, bachelorettes, hashtags, (#EternalBJ) etc. Along the way, the girls go to Virginia, the Hamptons, SoPu (aka South Portugal), and even venture to far-flung Brooklyn (once). They spend a shit ton of money, do a lot of SoulCycle, and worry about dudes way too much. Ah, your twenties.Xo,Tamara______________________________"This book was so freaking funny and I really hope the epilogue is setting us up for a sequel," - Me, after finishing Hey Ladies!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so happy I pre-ordered this; I was craving a funny read and finding it in my mailbox made my night. I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard for this long over a piece of writing; it's not just that the jokes are hilarious, it's also that they don't get old or too cringey even over 200+ pages. The design and illustrations really tie it together, too!
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Literally screamed at the end. Gracie!!!
  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    HILARIOUS and terrifyingly true to life.
  • Madeline
    January 1, 1970
    Funniest book of 2018.
  • Manda
    January 1, 1970
    Very funny and cringeworthy
  • Mehrangez
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a fan of the Hey Ladies! column since back in the day, but I wasn't sure how they were going to make a book out of it... I thought the fun of it lay in the bite-size, episodic nature of the columns. Glad to be proven wrong. Hey Ladies! is a delight, and had me wincing in recognition and vicarious embarrassment throughout. Also they are all TERRIBLE, except for Gracie and Morgan.
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  • JJ Wall
    January 1, 1970
    Funny and spot on! These girls are nuts.Oh and lots of pop culture references from Housewives to You've Got Mail
  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    This book is everything I'd want out of a book-length extension to this series from _The Toast_. The level of detail here (email signature quote choices, the passive-aggressive ways we communicate things) is spot on and hilarious, AND there's a few sweet friendship moments as well. Super breezy, super binge-able - I finished this one off in a day and a half.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Well, no wedding planning email thread will ever be the same after reading this book. All of these ladies are The Worst (Jean Ralphio singing voice) except for Gracie who has somehow figured out the magic combination of being involved and yet not at the same time. Cringe-worthy and yet so spot-on it's scary. If you are a millennial woman and have been at all peripherally involved in planning a wedding, this is a great read.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    The moment I fell in love with The Toast as my internet home started with the words "Hey Ladies." The moment that I had second thoughts about going into pediatrics also started with "Hey Ladies!" In fact, in my previous life as a computer scientist, no one would ever have referred to a professional group as "ladies," for gender reasons alone. But, as a senior medical student, all of my peers considering pediatrics were women, as was the altogether too cheery chief resident standing in front of u The moment I fell in love with The Toast as my internet home started with the words "Hey Ladies." The moment that I had second thoughts about going into pediatrics also started with "Hey Ladies!" In fact, in my previous life as a computer scientist, no one would ever have referred to a professional group as "ladies," for gender reasons alone. But, as a senior medical student, all of my peers considering pediatrics were women, as was the altogether too cheery chief resident standing in front of us, gathering our professional attention with her false-friendly greeting: "hey, ladies!"And, yeah, honestly, I love being a pediatrician, but my professional life is one where gender performance is scrupulously policed, and semi-social professional interactions are full of gender declarations, passive aggressive behavior and subtle status cues. So the way that Markowitz and Moss really capture a way in which women of a certain demographic interact with each other, and the nuance captured in a signature really spoke to me. (Normal conversations I have with my husband include lines like: "We can't hang out with her after she was so mean." Him: "When was she mean?" Me: "In that e-mail you just read? Did you not see her punctuation marks??") And no, it's not me and it's not my day-to-day life, but it completely captures where my professional and social life intersect. Perhaps because I am mostly an outsider, cleverly camouflaged to make my way onto these e-mail threads, I find seeing them exposed, dissected and ultimately lampooned hilarious.But? I thought the blog entries were funnier. I think the pacing was better spread out over months (I binge read the book in two one hour sittings over two days) and that limiting the e-mails to one year lost some of the nuance that, for instance the Jen/Brad relationship took on in the blogs.
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  • Li Sian
    January 1, 1970
    This book was SUCH a fun read. Based on the humour column of the same name on The Toast, Hey Ladies! the book developed its main characters to provide a more well-developed and almost tender portrait of 8 disastrous, passive-aggressive monsters who nevertheless care deeply about each other. As someone who'd followed the Toast column, I found the changes striking, but a good choice. It's hard to sustain the fundamental premise of 'they're all terrible people' in the original without begging the q This book was SUCH a fun read. Based on the humour column of the same name on The Toast, Hey Ladies! the book developed its main characters to provide a more well-developed and almost tender portrait of 8 disastrous, passive-aggressive monsters who nevertheless care deeply about each other. As someone who'd followed the Toast column, I found the changes striking, but a good choice. It's hard to sustain the fundamental premise of 'they're all terrible people' in the original without begging the question 'wait why are they all still emailing each other??' across a book. Following book publicity, too, led me to conclude that Markowitz and Moss more or less said 'fuck it' and leaned into identifying with each of the characters over the process of developing the book. (Wasn't there a piece some time back where one of them concluded there is NO non-terrible way to announce your engagement on Instagram?) I thought it worked, and in some ways toning it down made this book a kinder yet more horrifying book: there is no escape.
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  • Deidre Moore
    January 1, 1970
    This book!!! It’s like the way you love SATC but instead of wanting to be one of the characters, you cringe at any similarities you and your friends have to any of them! It’s a hilarious parody of email chains we have all been on (or...hate to admit, started ourselves) I love how it was written with each month of the year on a similar theme. You love to hate these girls cause they are heightened versions of you and your friends. I laughed out loud, and also wanted to kill all of them throughout This book!!! It’s like the way you love SATC but instead of wanting to be one of the characters, you cringe at any similarities you and your friends have to any of them! It’s a hilarious parody of email chains we have all been on (or...hate to admit, started ourselves) I love how it was written with each month of the year on a similar theme. You love to hate these girls cause they are heightened versions of you and your friends. I laughed out loud, and also wanted to kill all of them throughout the entire book! Faves without giving anything away: Ali’s email signature quotes, Helene is a “Hey Ma’am” mother of one of them!, Here Comes the Brad, Any and all side convos the girls have because that is exactly what you do when you are on these email chains! I loved this book.
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  • Deidre Moore
    January 1, 1970
    This book!!! It’s like the way you love SATC but instead of wanting to be one of the characters, you cringe at any similarities you and your friends have to any of them! It’s a hilarious parody of email chains we have all been on (or...hate to admit, started ourselves) I love how it was written with each month of the year on a similar theme. You love to hate these girls cause they are heightened versions of you and your friends. I laughed out loud, and also wanted to kill all of them throughout This book!!! It’s like the way you love SATC but instead of wanting to be one of the characters, you cringe at any similarities you and your friends have to any of them! It’s a hilarious parody of email chains we have all been on (or...hate to admit, started ourselves) I love how it was written with each month of the year on a similar theme. You love to hate these girls cause they are heightened versions of you and your friends. I laughed out loud, and also wanted to kill all of them throughout the entire book! Faves without giving anything away: Ali’s email signature quotes, Helene is a “Hey Ma’am” mother of one of them!, Here Comes the Brad, Any and all side convos the girls have because that is exactly what you do when you are on these email chains! I loved this book.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/05...When I first read the Hey Ladies columns in The Toast, I thought they were hilariously over the top—but subsequent life experience has shown me that it’s actually a spot on parody (ok, maybe it actually is sliiiightly over the top). This book is I think all new content, chronicling a year in the lives of our eight Hey Ladies via their group email chains and texts. I basically cackled the entire time I was reading this. I will say that the way it is formatt http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/05...When I first read the Hey Ladies columns in The Toast, I thought they were hilariously over the top—but subsequent life experience has shown me that it’s actually a spot on parody (ok, maybe it actually is sliiiightly over the top). This book is I think all new content, chronicling a year in the lives of our eight Hey Ladies via their group email chains and texts. I basically cackled the entire time I was reading this. I will say that the way it is formatted means it’s probably better to grab this in print or read it on something like an iPad, just as an FYI. Super hilarious all around. A/A-.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    When Hey Ladies! was on The Toast (rip) I always tried to read them slowly and savor the experience. Then, when The Toast closed up shop, I was seriously most sad about not getting to hear what the Ladies were up to, so of course I had to buy this book immediately. It did not disappoint! As always, the Ladies are horrifying and beautiful and hilarious and terrible and too, too real. I love that the format could be expanded in book form to include text chains, Instagram posts, and Pinterest pages When Hey Ladies! was on The Toast (rip) I always tried to read them slowly and savor the experience. Then, when The Toast closed up shop, I was seriously most sad about not getting to hear what the Ladies were up to, so of course I had to buy this book immediately. It did not disappoint! As always, the Ladies are horrifying and beautiful and hilarious and terrible and too, too real. I love that the format could be expanded in book form to include text chains, Instagram posts, and Pinterest pages along with the emails. I'm only disappointed that it wasn't longer! I really hope we haven't seen the last of the Ladies - there's still so much more planning they could do!
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    The third star is really because some of the cringe-worthy lines and situations did manage to squeeze a laugh out of me. Every girl (except for Gracie and sometimes Morgan and Ashley) is her own unique flavor of atrocious and every passive aggressive missive sent me reeling back to high school and the early days of Facebook when your worst fear was FOMO. I was on edge the entire time waiting for someone to finally snap or for debt collectors to arrest Ali or something. Just felt like a low pay o The third star is really because some of the cringe-worthy lines and situations did manage to squeeze a laugh out of me. Every girl (except for Gracie and sometimes Morgan and Ashley) is her own unique flavor of atrocious and every passive aggressive missive sent me reeling back to high school and the early days of Facebook when your worst fear was FOMO. I was on edge the entire time waiting for someone to finally snap or for debt collectors to arrest Ali or something. Just felt like a low pay off for all the nail biting stupidity you get dragged through. But hey, maybe that's just weddings in a nutshell.
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  • Priya Solanki
    January 1, 1970
    My friend and I decided to pick up this book after he heard positive reviews, and I have mixed feelings. I like this book for being an innovative format that tells a story in a new and unique way. I don't like this book because almost every character is uniquely annoying and at times I just wanted to yell at them or tell them to shut up. This book advertises female friendship, but these friendships are toxic and not representative of female friendship in the slightest. If you see this book as a My friend and I decided to pick up this book after he heard positive reviews, and I have mixed feelings. I like this book for being an innovative format that tells a story in a new and unique way. I don't like this book because almost every character is uniquely annoying and at times I just wanted to yell at them or tell them to shut up. This book advertises female friendship, but these friendships are toxic and not representative of female friendship in the slightest. If you see this book as a comedy, I suppose the absurdity of the characters is laughable at times, but overall just irritating.
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  • Scott Keyes
    January 1, 1970
    Ughhh this book was so good! As a lapsed writer I am equal parts delighted at the hilarity, impressed at the writing, and envious at my own lack of creativity in writing this first. But my own shortcomings are not a reason to deduct points, and this book earned every bit of 5 stars. It's like The Onion and SATC had a baby and that baby studied really hard and got into multiple Ivy League schools, but made the prudent choice to study at her top state school because they offered a full ride and gr Ughhh this book was so good! As a lapsed writer I am equal parts delighted at the hilarity, impressed at the writing, and envious at my own lack of creativity in writing this first. But my own shortcomings are not a reason to deduct points, and this book earned every bit of 5 stars. It's like The Onion and SATC had a baby and that baby studied really hard and got into multiple Ivy League schools, but made the prudent choice to study at her top state school because they offered a full ride and graduating debt-free would open up more options for her than a Harvard degree and $250,000 of red text. That child would love this book, guaranteed.
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