Dear Girls
Ali Wong's heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero), covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so heavily that she became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal singles life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and disgusting) for all.

Dear Girls Details

TitleDear Girls
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherRandom House
ISBN-139780525508830
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook

Dear Girls Review

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    January 1, 1970
    ”I often think about what it would be like for my grandfather to see me now. What would he think about me saying all of the disgusting things I say onstage? How he would feel about his granddaughter talking about what she lusts after? How I obsess over the most trivial problems. How I make a living by talking about what I want. How people pay to see his granddaughter just talk. He’d probably think I was some sort of magician with ancient powers, derived from behaving very well in a past life. Or a wi ”I often think about what it would be like for my grandfather to see me now. What would he think about me saying all of the disgusting things I say onstage? How he would feel about his granddaughter talking about what she lusts after? How I obsess over the most trivial problems. How I make a living by talking about what I want. How people pay to see his granddaughter just talk. He’d probably think I was some sort of magician with ancient powers, derived from behaving very well in a past life. Or a witch, I guess. At the very least, he’d definitely have the opposite opinion of all those jealous-ass white male comedians who say things like ‘People only like your comedy because you’re female and a minority.’ My grandpa would be like ‘I can’t believe people like your comedy! You’re a female and a minority.’”I have heard of Ali Wong and have seen her referenced a few times, but have never seen any of her standup. So needless to say, I was leary about reading a memoir about her. This book was recommended to me by someone I trust or I would have never picked it up on my own. I usually like memoirs or biographies by people in the twilight years of their lives or, better yet, dead. I think that comes from being a completist. I want the whole story, not just the first third of someone’s life. So here I am writing a review of a memoir by a woman in her 30s. How extraordinary! What is more amazing is that I gave the book five stars. How is this possible?It is simply impossible not to. Anyone who knows me well has heard my diatribe about movies billed as comedies. It’s not that I don’t like to laugh. I find life a series of comedic events, but I like comedy that occurs naturally, and comedic movies always come across as forced comedy, which ultimately starts to feel flat and fake. I’m soon wishing I’d put in something like In Bruges, where a serious plot is frequently enlivened by comedic elements. So what I’m saying is that I’m a terrible risk for a book like this. Ali Wong chooses to write her book as a series of letters to her children. The title reflects that, but my first reaction is...I’m a guy, so she isn’t really interested in men reading this book. Won’t I feel like I’m peeping in on revealing secrets not intended for me? Of course, the whole idea of Ali Wong having a secret she hasn’t revealed to the world is rather hilarious. Though I do wonder what secret could possibly be so horrendously embarrassing that Wong would not use it for her stand-up comedy routine? So the title does throw me, but I quickly shake it off as I become caught up in her narrative. It isn’t long before I am thinking...don’t tell your daughters that! My lifetime of brainwashed conditioning showing itself, sporting a wagging finger and disapproving look. By the end of the book, I feel like Wong has taken a scrub brush of whitewash to those elements of my mind. Full disclosure: I did watch her ass wiggle as she scrubbed. I would apologize, but then she’d have to bring her scrub brush back to have another go. Reading this book is going to make you uncomfortable. It may even offend you, but keep reading because not only is it good to occasionally be uncomfortable, sometimes you also learn to reserve being offended for those things that most deserve it.I was about half way through the book when I decided to watch her Netflix special Baby Cobra. I wanted to put together the Ali Wong being revealed to me in the book with the stand up comedian and found that the honest evaluation of her lusts, wants, and defects were syncopatico. If there is pretense, it is well hidden.This woman is refreshingly uninhibited. To some that might be code for rude, but it is hard to consider this level of truth to be rude. While watching the special, I loved it when the camera would pan to the audience. Those sideways looks that couples were giving each other, the hand to the face as someone laughed at something they found to be embarrassingly true, and as her husband describes it, “laugh-so-hard-you-pee-reactions.” As compelling as it is to watch Ali’s physical reactions, it was equally fascinating to watch the crowd. If I ever attend one of her events, I’d be tempted to spend the entire skit turned around, observing the crowd. I sort of sprung Baby Cobra on my wife, no warning, no gentle explanations to prepare her for what she was about to see. She is frequently a test subject to gauge normal reactions to abnormal conditions. If I was laughing, I looked over at her so that I would laugh even harder. She was one of those audience members with her hand over her face as she chuckled. She laughed so hard at one time she had trouble breathing. I didn’t ask her if she had a pee reaction. My wife never sweats, but insists she only glistens, so her admitting to any “vulgar” body reactions would be most unusual. The book is hilarious, but it is more than that. She talks a lot about the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to make it as a comedian. She often performed several sets at comedy clubs after working all day. She discusses the added hazard of being a female having to perform in...dives. Can you imagine that walk from the club to her car in the early hours of the morning? She believes that safety is one of the contributing factors as to why there are not more female comedians. She talks about her heritage and her relationship with her extended family. Every immigrant family has an interesting story, and her parents are no exception. She is half Vietnamese and half Chinese, and those two cultures may seem similar in the eyes of many, but they actually have vast differences in philosophical approaches to life. Her husband is also half and half, and she describes their relationship as having the “exact same amount of Asian.” They were both raised as Americans, but their Asian roots heavily influence who they are. Her husband writes an afterward, also addressed to their children, and he is pretty honest about his own personal journey dealing with being frequently the subject of his wife’s comedy. If she were making it all up or exaggerating the circumstances, that would certainly be less of a problem, but the issue, of course, is that she is sending arrows right into the bullseye. I love what he says about her. ”Asian cultures often teach us to be silent about our sexuality and filled with shame. Your mother breaks that up and transmutes pain and shame into power, like a mystical priestess.”So as unlikely as I am to be an Ali Wong fan, I have to say it has happened. Yes, this book is hilarious, but it also touches on serious issues and, for this reader, even proves to be an inspiration. Keep chasing your dreams, work harder, and don’t give up. Few of us want to be as famous as Ali Wong, but most of us wish we could be more successful at something we love to do. Patience grasshopper. Wax on. Wax off. I want to thank Mimi Chan of Goodreads and Random House for supplying me with an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsDear Girls is a book made up of Ali Wong writing letters (chapters) to her young daughters. The letters are hilarious, cautionary candid tales telling of Ali's life experiences from childhood through adulthood and cumulating into her becoming a mother. She is frank, candid, vulgar and hilariously real about all aspects of her life. She is not afraid to take risks and encourages her daughters to do so but to also learn from the mistakes their mother has made. Her book reads l 4.5 StarsDear Girls is a book made up of Ali Wong writing letters (chapters) to her young daughters. The letters are hilarious, cautionary candid tales telling of Ali's life experiences from childhood through adulthood and cumulating into her becoming a mother. She is frank, candid, vulgar and hilariously real about all aspects of her life. She is not afraid to take risks and encourages her daughters to do so but to also learn from the mistakes their mother has made. Her book reads like her stand-up comedy specials (heck she mentions them enough in the book). She is fearless and really puts herself out there and pokes fun at her body, dating, her husband, having immigrants as parents, sex, food, pregnancy, and how taking risks paid off and made her a better person and stand-up comic. You do not need to be a fan of Ali Wong to read this book. I really didn’t know much about her prior to reading this one. I saw a couple of clips on YouTube of her performing while pregnant. If you were not a fan before this book, you will be after reading it. Unless you are turned off by talk of gapping buttholes and her multiple descriptions of her big bush. Seriously, someone needs to introduce this woman to laser hair removal or as least take her to get waxed. Just thinking out loud there.This book is fabulous although it seemed to stop on a dime. It just ended and then there was the afterword written by her husband to their two daughters. Overall, a hilariously funny, frank, raunchy, heartfelt and entertaining read. Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, it cracked me up and made me smile! All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Ali Wong makes me laugh.... ...she is not only hilariously funny...but underneath her raunchy humor, she’s a down-to-earth sweetie-pie luv-bug! “Dear Girls” is her memoir - -non-fiction book for her fans - ( I’m one of them), and anyone curious about her. It’s written as a letter to her two young little girls....with instructions: NOT TOBE READ UNTIL AGE 21! I loved this book... I loved reading about Ali.....*everything Ali*!!!We learn about Ali’s upbringing- and he Ali Wong makes me laugh.... ...she is not only hilariously funny...but underneath her raunchy humor, she’s a down-to-earth sweetie-pie luv-bug! “Dear Girls” is her memoir - -non-fiction book for her fans - ( I’m one of them), and anyone curious about her. It’s written as a letter to her two young little girls....with instructions: NOT TOBE READ UNTIL AGE 21! I loved this book... I loved reading about Ali.....*everything Ali*!!!We learn about Ali’s upbringing- and her personal life.... with love for her ‘handsome Asian husband’, and her two daughters...the heart-of-what-matters-most! A few excerpts below: “One of the worst places I performed regularly at was‘Our Little Theater’. It literally seated eight people and was located in the heart of the Tenderloin district. That neighborhood was home to Southeast Asian refugees, a million drug addicts, and a truly remarkable amount of human feces on the street. There was no time to think about my set when walking to ‘Our Little Theater’ because I was too busy trying not to get robbed and jumping over doo-doo and syringes on the sidewalk. That’s a game of hopscotch you ‘need’ to win. Because if you lose, your consolation prize is ebola”. WORDS of WISDOM fromAli to her daughters:“At some point you gotta go. Mama loves you but it’s so important to get out of your hometown and get the fuck away from your family. As the youngest of four kids, I was always being observed by my siblings, who would judge my every decision. They had a set idea of who I was and it affected me. It was limiting. Everything I said generally had no credence because I was at least ten years younger than every single person in my family, so what did I know? When I got away from them, I finally felt like I could be the person I was meant to be, which just happened to be a person who talked about her wish to put nail polish remover in men’s buttholes so she could accomplish two things at once. Chances are that neither of you is also that person”. “My family had always told me how to speak and how to feel about things. Part of what was so liberating about being on stage was that I could say whatever I wanted without having loved ones comment on it. Regardless of how the strangers would respond, at least they were strangers who didn’t know me or have any real authority over who I was. I loved the anonymity of my conversations with an audience”. Deciding to move to NYC after four years of doing stand up in San Francisco was hard for Ali. She was 26 at the time, and there were girls just out of college ordering her around who had nicer bags and shoes and she did”. “Every day in NYC was about spending as little money as possible. I didn’t see any movies or eat out unless they went out on a date, or it was pizza or falafel. Ninety percent of the time I cooked at the SoHo loft. I’d buy lentils from a bulk bin at the East Village co-op and boil them to eat with salt, like a medieval peasant. And then I’d steam some vegetables from Chinatown. For three dollars and fifty cents, I found a place that sold half of a cooked chicken that was probably loaded with enough antibiotics to turn my blood into Purell”. “Pretty much the worst thing about being a woman in stand-up is that you are always forced to socialize with male stand-up comics’ girlfriends”. Comedy requires taking risks, and Ali takes them. She’s had nights of people yelling ‘boo’. She learned from those devastating nights. She’s a comic that seriously works hard at her craft. She learned early to diversify her crowds. She said yes to every opportunity to do a set in other cities, even if it meant losing money. Ali gives advice to her daughters about stand-up...[don’t do it]...about men, dating, [men should pay on a first date], sex, pregnancy, family, [things she learned from her Vietnamese immigrant mother, siblings, etc.], shoes, [wear flats], about making mistakes [make them], and about the many choices they will make in their lifetime. Ali also shared with her daughters [ and us], shameful things she did in her youth. ....smoked her first cigarette at age 11. ....shoplifted lipstick ....”One New Years Eve when I was seventeen, I made out with thirteen boys and three girls. That’s basically an entire high school production of ‘Oliver’”. ...etc. [she promised her daughters that things get way better after their teen years].How anyone can’t see Ali Wong’s greatness - her warm-hearted honest goodness - her gift to the world as an unguarded human being - is beyond me. Yep... I love Ali’s stand-up...And reading this book was a deeply pleasurable!! The last chapter, the Afterword, is written by Ali’s husband, Justin HakutaHe writes a letter to his girls...“Dear Mari and Nikki”.....Justin is mensch of a husband and father!!Looking forward to listening to the Audiobook! I can already imagine how enjoyable it will be to hear Ali read it!!Thank you Random House, Netgalley, and Ali Wong
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    Let me tell you, it is such a relief to have a funny, well-written book from a comedian that I admire. Man, I've been burned so many times before with mediocre books from comedians, I barely dared to hope with this one. But Ali Wong really delivered. If you are a fan of Ali Wong, you will like this book. I pinky-swear promise. The beginning of the book is pure Ali Wong humor, and if you think think that means vagina and pubic hair jokes, you would be 100% CORRECT. Ali Wong is purely who she is, and I love th Let me tell you, it is such a relief to have a funny, well-written book from a comedian that I admire. Man, I've been burned so many times before with mediocre books from comedians, I barely dared to hope with this one. But Ali Wong really delivered. If you are a fan of Ali Wong, you will like this book. I pinky-swear promise. The beginning of the book is pure Ali Wong humor, and if you think think that means vagina and pubic hair jokes, you would be 100% CORRECT. Ali Wong is purely who she is, and I love that about her. I think people underestimate her (though not so much anymore, thank you "Always Be My Maybe"!), but she is one of the most honest, crassly-amazing comedians out there. I love that she is a parent now, and I related to her stories a ton, even though our upbringing was completely different. I ate up the stories about how she met her husband and how he compared to the (multitude) of men she had dated in the past. She gave me the intimate content I was craving, and, no, I don't mean of her sex life (get your mind out of the gutter!).The second half of the book was a bit less funny and more of an exploration of her ethnic background, which I also enjoyed. Ali Wong showed me a lot about who she is and where she is going, both in her own journey to learn about herself and with her comedy. Sometimes, I think it's too early for a comedian to write a book, but with Ali Wong, it was just right. Both funny and poignant, Ali Wong really nailed it with Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life.*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    I truly feared this book would be fluff. Instead it is fearless and real. Ali Wong says how we all feel: I'm not fine. Yet in her resilience and grit she is able to turn childhood resentment, male rejection, discrimination, getting boo'd offstage, the fear of a prenup, and a bushy pussy into the best things that could have happened to her. I laughed out loud as I imagined Ali's exaggerated comedy voice confessing life moments like this one when she was pregnant:After a while, I couldn't s/>After I truly feared this book would be fluff. Instead it is fearless and real. Ali Wong says how we all feel: I'm not fine. Yet in her resilience and grit she is able to turn childhood resentment, male rejection, discrimination, getting boo'd offstage, the fear of a prenup, and a bushy pussy into the best things that could have happened to her. I laughed out loud as I imagined Ali's exaggerated comedy voice confessing life moments like this one when she was pregnant:After a while, I couldn't see my vagina when I looked down, because all I could see was my belly. But when I stared at myself in the mirror, my vagina just looked like an ancient wise Chinese man from a fairy tale that got stuck in a cave and survived off yams. The hair was so damn long and neglected. My nipples became progressively bigger and darker. One day I noticed the tips were starting to look a little scaly and naturally rubbed them. Some bits started to flake off like tiny brown boogers. And I just sat on the bathroom floor completely naked, with a garbage can between my thighs, picking at my nipples. Daddy walked in on me while I was completely focused on this important activity and asked , "Are you harvesting your nipples?" I didn't even look at him and just responded, "Well, obviously."So many times I said YES I totally get that. It wasn't just because we shared a common Asian experience but often because we shared a common human experience. I applaud her courage in sharing so nakedly (sometimes literally nakedly so be prepared for some frank language). Asian women live forever and having kids is like a 401(k) for companionship YES If a man rejects you once you've physically made a move on him, he's not going to change his mind. The dick don't lie. YES What I have in common with stay-at-home moms: We are all just doing our best. YES I've felt an increasing amount of jealousy and resentment from certain white male comics... I hear that line a lot: 'Me, I'm just another white guy.' Here's a solution: Try being a funnier white guy. YES It broke my heart. I said, 'This is torture. I can't handle this anymore. ' YES The most important part of parenting, relationships, pretty much anything - is just actually being there. YESA friend and I worried because in the intro Ali tries to set our expectations low about her writing. But while her prose isn't exquisite in that way where you can rhapsodize over gloriously minute details, it is weighted with truth which far exceeded my expectations. 5 stars. P.S. I have a secret hope that Ali and I are meant to be good friends, for her sister is also named Mimi and her best friend has half my name Miya. But wait would that make me superfluous? I am not too proud to be a 3rd Mimi.*My honest review was made possible by an Advanced Reader Copy thanks to Random House.*
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    If you want to enjoy this book, don't read the last chapter. "First, do not read this book until you are over twenty-one. You should not be allowed to know these inappropriate things about me if you can’t even buy beer yet." Dear Girls is about the messy parts of life, but ends up being a bit of a mess itself. Despite the rough bits, though, it's an enjoyable read. Once you get past the shaky opening chapters, stand-up and TV writer Ali Wong is as frank, hilarious, and graphic as you'd expect. My full review goes intochapter. If you want to enjoy this book, don't read the last chapter. "First, do not read this book until you are over twenty-one. You should not be allowed to know these inappropriate things about me if you can’t even buy beer yet." Dear Girls is about the messy parts of life, but ends up being a bit of a mess itself. Despite the rough bits, though, it's an enjoyable read. Once you get past the shaky opening chapters, stand-up and TV writer Ali Wong is as frank, hilarious, and graphic as you'd expect. My full review goes into more detail about what did and didn't work for me.But if you're enjoying this book, quit while you're ahead, because the last chapter pops the illusion of candor and relatability like a day-old balloon.The final letter is actually from Wong’s husband, and it is so close to self-awareness. The chapter could have been thoughtful and confessional, but it doesn’t quite get there, and ends up a little irritating. The real disappointment, though, comes in the third-to-last paragraph of the book, when Justin Hakuta (Wong’s husband) drops this line: "Who were we to take care of you and nurture such magical beings? But then instinct kicked in, along with relatives and Sofiya, your magical Ukrainian nanny, and we were off and running on our new adventure." There’s… a lot to unpack there, and I try to explain on my blog why this soured my experience of the book. It's not that I'm surprised that the family has a nanny, it's that it didn't occur to me that she was missing until the very end. For all her detailed descriptions of post-birth infection and breastfeeding pains, Wong never once mentions who is taking care of her children during the day. She spends an entire chapter talking about the experience of being a stay-at-home full-time parent while on maternity leave, and how taxing it was. She spends paragraphs praising her husband for being so involved even though he still works. Never once, in her “unflinchingly honest” set of letters to her daughters, does Wong mention a woman instrumental in their upbringing. Celebrity memoirs require almost as much suspension of disbelief as novels. To enjoy them, you have to ignore the enormous impact of wealth and resources on the life of the person whose problems you're reading about. You have to look past everything that makes their life different to appreciate the moments when they're Just Like You. Even the most honest of memoirs are a magic trick.Ali Wong almost pulls it off... but if she wanted to seem relatable, she should have either been honest about the help she gets, or not mentioned it at all. Thank you to Random House for providing an advance review copy of this title. No money changed hands for this review and all opinions are my own.
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  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    If any of you have enjoyed Ali Wong's stand-up, I'm sure you'll also enjoy this book. Brutal honesty, expose-all humor, and some heart mixed in with all the entrapment stuff that women are into. :)Of course, there's always a twist. This book is set up as a series of letters to her young daughters, but its kinda a gimmick. One that works, fortunately, by giving us a familiar outlet for her comedy. Some of the sets translate the same way from Baby Cobra or Hard Knock Wife and there's n If any of you have enjoyed Ali Wong's stand-up, I'm sure you'll also enjoy this book. Brutal honesty, expose-all humor, and some heart mixed in with all the entrapment stuff that women are into. :)Of course, there's always a twist. This book is set up as a series of letters to her young daughters, but its kinda a gimmick. One that works, fortunately, by giving us a familiar outlet for her comedy. Some of the sets translate the same way from Baby Cobra or Hard Knock Wife and there's new material here, too, but maybe not as much as some folks might expect. It's about as different from those two specials as the two specials are from each other. Is it a good way to get to know her as a comic? Would it be more fun to read this before watching her specials?I wouldn't know. I got this book on Netgalley and THEN watched the specials. By then I was already a fan so this is all bonus, baby.Have fun!
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  • Chihoe Ho
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Ali Wong,I want to be your best friend.You made me laugh so hard and cry unexpectedly, separately and also simultaneously (and here is where I should insert the cry-laugh emoji). And you know why I felt what I felt? Because your voice really pierced through the pages. It was like watching you on stage in one of your Netflix stand-up specials, and sometimes even like you were addressing me personally. The content was similar to some of the themes of your specials but Dear Ali Wong,I want to be your best friend.You made me laugh so hard and cry unexpectedly, separately and also simultaneously (and here is where I should insert the cry-laugh emoji). And you know why I felt what I felt? Because your voice really pierced through the pages. It was like watching you on stage in one of your Netflix stand-up specials, and sometimes even like you were addressing me personally. The content was similar to some of the themes of your specials but you poured your thoughts and emotions in this a lot more, since you were really addressing your girls and not me.You made me even prouder of my Asian heritage. To hear an empowered Asian person talk about her own experiences in our shared culture and tradition but also in the context of your unique life, provided me with so much appreciation and insight into my own. Beyond the Asian experience, it applies to many of us all - relationships, sexuality, marriage, family, workplace. And this is why representation matters. Because so many others of the same culture can relate to, but also these relatable human experiences are universal.Love you,Your new BFF
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    This was a f'ing delight. This goes on the very short list of books that actually made me LOL. Be forewarned, it's super dirty but I found it to be refreshing and hilarious. This is a collection of essays she wrote for her daughters- to be read only when they turn 21 😂 This was a short and very enjoyable read with equal parts comedy and depth. Also- reading it made me so hungry. Lots of food talk. I’ve been a fan of Ali Wong and this book made me love her more! This book was gifted to me by Rand This was a f'ing delight. This goes on the very short list of books that actually made me LOL. Be forewarned, it's super dirty but I found it to be refreshing and hilarious. This is a collection of essays she wrote for her daughters- to be read only when they turn 21 😂 This was a short and very enjoyable read with equal parts comedy and depth. Also- reading it made me so hungry. Lots of food talk. I’ve been a fan of Ali Wong and this book made me love her more! This book was gifted to me by Random House.
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  • T
    January 1, 1970
    (I got my hot little hands on an ARC from secret sources.) I really liked the book except for the last chapter from the author's husband, which ended up making me like the whole book less.First, the chapter was insipidly self-congratulatory and he is boring so I do not care what he has to say. Congratulations on being okay with being rich?Second, the rest of the book is so funny and vulgar - a lot like Ali Wong's standup - and suffused with so much love for the titular gi (I got my hot little hands on an ARC from secret sources.) I really liked the book except for the last chapter from the author's husband, which ended up making me like the whole book less.First, the chapter was insipidly self-congratulatory and he is boring so I do not care what he has to say. Congratulations on being okay with being rich?Second, the rest of the book is so funny and vulgar - a lot like Ali Wong's standup - and suffused with so much love for the titular girls. There are so many extremely gross and hilarious stories about giving birth and babies and childcare...and then in the husband's chapter there's a brief throwaway mention of the girls' Ukrainian nanny who is not mentioned even once in the rest of the book and I was just like "hmm". Okay. So I get that if you are Ali Wong, discussing your nanny (who you were able to hire because, again, you're rich) disrupts the narrative that you're ~just like the rest of us~ with career insecurities and family struggles and whatever. And I understand that it's difficult to walk the line of maintaining the authentic, crassly down-to-earth voice that's made you famous but also now you're famous. Still, it really made me re-think the whole book, and the clearly strategic choice to leave out discussion of the nanny. Somewhere during the (many) paragraphs where she's lauding her husband for somehow managing to co-parent their children despite having a job, she couldn't have thrown in a little bit of gratitude for the woman whose job it is to care for their children? It left a bad taste in my mouth and I knocked off a star because of it.
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  • Faye*
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Ali Wong, it's not you, it's me. I saw an interview with you and thought you were funny. It turns out that your humour is not my humour. I'm really not picky when it comes to celebrity memoirs but this one was not for me.
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    In a series of letters to her daughters, comedian Ali Wong shares stories from her childhood and lessons on life, love, marriage and her rise to fame. If you have seen her Netflix specials, you know she has a crude sense of humor and this memoir is like a Netflix special in book form. There are some serious moments but in true Ali Wong fashion, she tells the truth but she makes it funny AF. I definitely read this with a smile on my face and struggled not to laugh out loud while commuting. I am n In a series of letters to her daughters, comedian Ali Wong shares stories from her childhood and lessons on life, love, marriage and her rise to fame. If you have seen her Netflix specials, you know she has a crude sense of humor and this memoir is like a Netflix special in book form. There are some serious moments but in true Ali Wong fashion, she tells the truth but she makes it funny AF. I definitely read this with a smile on my face and struggled not to laugh out loud while commuting. I am not a big fan of stand up and I have tried to watch a lot of the different specials on Netflix but none made me laugh as much as Ali Wong's. Maybe because I can relate to the topics of her jokes? Either way, I love her and I love this memoir. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review. Release date - 10/15/2019!
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  • Lauren Danton
    January 1, 1970
    It's like reading one of her stand up specials. You can hear her expressions and tone of voice while reading. A lot funny, with plenty of wisdom, and heart warming moments thrown in the mix. I also especially loved the afterward from her husband. Ali has truly had an incredible life, I can't wait to read more about it.
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  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Comedian Ali Wong has been a hilarious stand-up comedian, a writer for Fresh Off The Boat, as well as an actress. Now she can add writing a hysterical memoir to her list of accomplishments.Dear Girls is an incredibly funny, heartfelt, sometimes raunchy, love letter to her two daughters, both of whom make appearances in Wong's two Netflix specials (she is pregnant in each special), the first Baby Cobra (with daughter Mari) and Hard Knock Wife (with daughter Nikki). Each chapter starts Comedian Ali Wong has been a hilarious stand-up comedian, a writer for Fresh Off The Boat, as well as an actress. Now she can add writing a hysterical memoir to her list of accomplishments.Dear Girls is an incredibly funny, heartfelt, sometimes raunchy, love letter to her two daughters, both of whom make appearances in Wong's two Netflix specials (she is pregnant in each special), the first Baby Cobra (with daughter Mari) and Hard Knock Wife (with daughter Nikki). Each chapter starts out Dear Girls and then Wong proceeds to give her best advice such as not to go to knock-off Vietnamese restaurants, to how their dad once took her on a romantic date watching YouTube videos of Adele.She gives us a look at her college years of drinking in excess to falling in love (not with their dad). She takes us on an eating tour of Vietnam along with meeting some of her relatives as she tries to find out about her Vietnamese roots. She comically explains how she played the C-section card with her husband having to have a C-section after 24 hours of labor. According to Wong, she did not change a diaper the first month of her daughters life!She tries to explain to her girls how she slept with two homeless men (accidentally) but they turned out to be really good dates! We get to learn how she landed her husband Justin a Harvard Business School graduate and how they got married (at City Hall) and how she found her dress (on E bay)! Did I mention he was a Harvard Business School graduate?But as funny as the book is, it is as much a love letter to her dad whom she adored and who passed away and whom she misses terribly, and to her mother who has been an incredible help since the birth of her children and to all her relatives and friends.This book will make you laugh and cringe (at the same time)! It will make you root for Wong (and all women), and will teach you about cultures and where not to eat! The Afterward, written to their children by her husband is just an extra bonus to quite an enjoyable book!Thank you #NetGalley #RandomHouse #AliWong for the advanced copy. The book will be out October 15.
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  • Elle Rudy
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh Ali Wong is such a palate cleanser, especially after all of these whiny-ass ‘comedians’ have been moaning about how they’re, like, not allowed to be funny anymore!! Won’t someone think of the white men?!???!!!!!?,?! In the words of SNL’s least-employed former cast member, “Ali Wong is making it so Asian chicks are funnier than white chicks.” Good on him, taking a break from calling Asian people c****s to compliment her in a way that insults other women.But I agree with that conservative diversity hi Ugh Ali Wong is such a palate cleanser, especially after all of these whiny-ass ‘comedians’ have been moaning about how they’re, like, not allowed to be funny anymore!! Won’t someone think of the white men?!???!!!!!?,?! In the words of SNL’s least-employed former cast member, “Ali Wong is making it so Asian chicks are funnier than white chicks.” Good on him, taking a break from calling Asian people c****s to compliment her in a way that insults other women.But I agree with that conservative diversity hire’s overall sentiment. Ali is funny as hell. Everything reads in her voice, from the stories about childbirth to the antics of her study abroad trip to Vietnam, she is unapologetically herself. There’s also a lot of vulnerability on display that her fans may not get to see very often. In the very beginning of her book she discloses that she’s afraid of being outed as “a fucking idiot”. Obviously nobody with an encyclopedic level of knowledge about various Asian cuisine could be stupid, but I appreciated the candor she gave when talking about her hopes and fears, in addition to the usual sexcapade stories.Since she’s primarily a stand-up, I feel like the audiobook version would be even better. There’s nothing that quite measures up to an author reciting their own words to their audience. While most of her stories were inherently funny, there wasn’t an abundance of quote-unquote ‘jokes’. I think it will work better delivered by Wong herself. Some of the best material wasn’t necessarily funny at all. Her experiences with Asian American culture and as a struggling comedian/writer were insightful and heartfelt. The only part I really went yikes at was when she brought up male virginity. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize gender stereotypes that stigmatize men instead of women, but it felt like when everyone collectively lost their shit over ‘The Virgin Bachelor’. Like come on....we’re better than this.The book was framed as letters by Ali to her two young daughters. I don’t think these are the actual letters she would write them if she wasn’t also using them as a book, but there’s still plenty of guidance to be gleaned on the whole. The Afterword by her husband, Justin Hakuta, was especially sweet and a great note for it to end on. I hope Ali keeps working as a writer, and I plan to watch her next stand-up special whenever it is. Even if she rudely refuses to get pregnant for it.*Thanks to Random House & Netgalley for an advance copy!
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI'm always wary of books written by stand-up comics, as I would say 90 to 95% of the ones I've read since the 90s have been dreadfully boring. Most struggle to bring out the same voice and humor as they do on stage. I have to say I am surprised at how well Ali Wong does this in the book. She brings the same unfiltered humor here almost perfectly. Don't expect her stand-up routine pacing for the book (which is the trap many fall I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI'm always wary of books written by stand-up comics, as I would say 90 to 95% of the ones I've read since the 90s have been dreadfully boring. Most struggle to bring out the same voice and humor as they do on stage. I have to say I am surprised at how well Ali Wong does this in the book. She brings the same unfiltered humor here almost perfectly. Don't expect her stand-up routine pacing for the book (which is the trap many fall in to when writing), but instead you find more detailed stories delivered. It's a book in which everything is written for her girls to read when they get older, but it works just as well for the reader.The biggest drawback to my reading experience, was after awhile some of the usually funny descriptions she gives felt a bit overdone. This is most likely from me trying to read the entire book in one sitting, which unlike her stand-up, takes a bit longer than the normal 45 minutes to an hour. So I definitely recommend spacing this book out over a few sessions to not suffer from burnout. Overall Ali Wong nails a book that many comics before her have failed. You'll learn about some things she never touched upon in her stand-up, and get an even better idea of how she was shaped as a person, and how it created her brand of comedy.
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  • Taryn Pierson
    January 1, 1970
    I suspect this book would be a huge hit with parents of small children. For me, it was just okay. Also, since I didn't see any reviews mention this, TW for miscarriage and pregnancy complications.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This book of letters to Ali Wong’s two daughters Mari and Nikki is amazing, hilarious, and insightful. I thoroughly enjoyed every one of these letters, which were (just like Ali’s standup), sometimes crass and always funny. You will giggle uncontrollably reading about her awesome life anecdotes. Despite who she seems like on stage, Ali is incredibly wise, strong, independent, and thoughtful. She reflects on her standup career, her culture, the struggles and joys of motherhood, why she loves and This book of letters to Ali Wong’s two daughters Mari and Nikki is amazing, hilarious, and insightful. I thoroughly enjoyed every one of these letters, which were (just like Ali’s standup), sometimes crass and always funny. You will giggle uncontrollably reading about her awesome life anecdotes. Despite who she seems like on stage, Ali is incredibly wise, strong, independent, and thoughtful. She reflects on her standup career, her culture, the struggles and joys of motherhood, why she loves and admires her husband, and being a working mom. I really admire her as a role model to young women, if not to teach them about which dumpy hippie white men to stay away from, then to teach them that it is okay and important to be absolutely fearless and confident in yourself. Ali is unapologetically herself, and fundamentally, that lesson shines through the most in these essays. Who cares about gaining ten pounds when you spend a semester in Hawaii eating the most delicious fattening Hawaiian food ever? Who cares about being judged and criticized and undermined for being a funny female comic? Who cares enough to be embarrassed by their bodily fluids? Who cares about having a huge bush? Not Ali. She’s proud as hell of it. She gets her husband to trim it for her. As a young woman, I love reading this - I’m not going to be the level of out-there crazy that Ali is, but I’m gonna (try to) embrace life the same way she does. Life’s too short to eat bad food, worry about being skinny, be embarrassed, or be intimidated. Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Susie Dumond
    January 1, 1970
    This hilarious, honest, and charming essay collection by comedian Ali Wong takes the form of letters to her daughters, who she warns against reading it until at least the age of twenty one. I adore Ali Wong, and this book perfectly captures her sense of humor and ability to make light of the heaviest parts of life. Stories of her wild youth had me crying with laughter, and tender passages about her husband and daughters made me just straight up cry. Comedian, actress, screenwriter, producer, and This hilarious, honest, and charming essay collection by comedian Ali Wong takes the form of letters to her daughters, who she warns against reading it until at least the age of twenty one. I adore Ali Wong, and this book perfectly captures her sense of humor and ability to make light of the heaviest parts of life. Stories of her wild youth had me crying with laughter, and tender passages about her husband and daughters made me just straight up cry. Comedian, actress, screenwriter, producer, and now nonfiction author - she's unbelievably talented, and I'm so glad she chose to share Dear Girls with us. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    January 1, 1970
    ”Asian cultures often teach us to be silent about our sexuality and filled with shame. Your mother breaks that up and transmutes pain and shame into power, like a mystical priestess.” — Justin Hakuta, Ali Wong’s husband & biggest fan, describing Ali to their daughters in the Afterword. ..First of all, I want to give much thanks to Ali Wong & Random House, I won an uncorrected proof copy of “Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life” thro ”Asian cultures often teach us to be silent about our sexuality and filled with shame. Your mother breaks that up and transmutes pain and shame into power, like a mystical priestess.” — Justin Hakuta, Ali Wong’s husband & biggest fan, describing Ali to their daughters in the Afterword. ..First of all, I want to give much thanks to Ali Wong & Random House, I won an uncorrected proof copy of “Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life” through the publisher’s contest! I’ve been a long-time fan of Wong, and this book was going to be on “My Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019” list, so I’m ahead of the game. I had so much fun reading this book! Wong is so crazy, real, wild, and funny, she doesn’t hold anything back in the book. Although the book is written as a collection of letters to her young daughters, offering advices & sharing her own personal experiences, there’s definitely something for everyone. So don’t let the title, “Dear Girls” deter you from reading it. Wong’s had quite the interesting life & experiences, which she GENEROUSLY & OPENLY share many of them in the book. Of course it’s absurdly funny, but it’s also surprisingly moving & inspirational. She not only covers her life experiences, but many topics, such as family, dating, marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, ridiculously competitive, challenging, and difficult comedic career, Hollywood industry, and life on the road, and trying to balance it all. .I don’t want to divide the comedy into men vs women, white vs POC, and such, but I also want to shine light where it’s due. I always thought being comedian is one of the toughest jobs in Hollywood, not only because being funny & bringing laughter to people is a very subjective matter, but there’s just no shortcut to “making it,” especially being a woman & woman of color. I’ve seen few live comedy shows, and the life of a comedian trying to “make it” is long, tough, unglamorous, and years of hard, underpaid work. I always had a good laugh during the show, but when the show is over, I had times when I straight up just felt bad for them — spending hours on their crafts, hustling so hard, driving to countless venues, and sleeping at the cheapest motels they can find. And usually, the money doesn’t correlate to the amount of effort & work they put in and fame & fortune only come to select few. There are many funny Asian comedians out there, but for the longest time, Margaret Choi was the only Asian comedian I’ve seen on TV & big stages. Shout out to Margaret Choi! 👯‍♀️ Wong doesn’t forget to express appreciation for & gratitude to her fellow comedians who’ve paved the way & helped her along the way, which I thought was super sweet & respectful of her. I hope to see more comedians of color getting the attention & respect they deserve. Comedians are some of the hardest & smartest people in entertainment business, there’s no denying that. I admire her & have so much respect for her. She’s worked so hard for everything, been in the game for a long time, and truly deserve all her success & continual successes to come. .In this book, she opens up about her life from childhood to where she is today and many adventures & experiences she’s had in between. Some of the stories she share are heartbreaking, downright crazy, and ridiculously hilarious. This book feels like you’re just having a conversation with her or watching her stand-up comedy show. It’s not written in a chronological order, each chapter covers a specific topic tying it into her own personal stories. It may have been that I read the uncorrected proof copy, but there were parts where the writing didn’t flow well. But you’re not really reading it for “good” writing per say, but for the content of her story. It’s funny, brutally honest, explicit, and genuine, her personality & voice really shines throughout the book. Wong is unapologetically herself, real, and so Asian, I love it! 🤣 I do recommend that you don’t read this while eating, you’ll know why when you read it. And she doesn’t hold back with language & content, so just be aware that may or may not be shocked at her openness. But if you’ve seen her stage-ups, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, LOL! 🤣 It’s so awesome her husband wrote the Afterword, also as a letter-form to their daughters. I thought that was a very good idea to incorporate his voice to the book, giving him an opportunity to share his side of the story and professing his appreciation, love, and respect for his wife, her work, and mother of his children. Highly recommend it, you’ll be in for a crazy ride in the world of Ali Wong! 🤓✌️📖..Expected release date: October 15, 2019
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  • Kate R
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*I have to be honest comedian books are usually a hit or a miss and lately, there have been a lot of misses. I can happily say Dear Girls is a big hit! Ali Wong is a great writer and her voice shined through the book. Dear Girls is a series of letters to her daughters. I would like to pickup the Audible version as well, because actually hearing her deliver it would be even better. Yes, it was raunchy and inappropriate quite often, but also absolutely hilarious! To my surprise, th *4.5 stars*I have to be honest comedian books are usually a hit or a miss and lately, there have been a lot of misses. I can happily say Dear Girls is a big hit! Ali Wong is a great writer and her voice shined through the book. Dear Girls is a series of letters to her daughters. I would like to pickup the Audible version as well, because actually hearing her deliver it would be even better. Yes, it was raunchy and inappropriate quite often, but also absolutely hilarious! To my surprise, there was also a lot of really good heartfelt advice to her girls. I laughed a lot, almost lost my lunch (the part about the snake…) and even shed a tear with how protective and sweet she is about her girls. The parts about motherhood were so incredibly spot on! The only thing I didn’t like was that the ending was so abrupt and I would have loved to have her give an afterword. Instead, her husband did and it was about his life, and I don’t think it really added much value to the story. All of that being said, I have to say this is still one of the most impressive comedian memoirs I’ve read and I would highly recommend it.* ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Girls is stand- up comedian Ali Wong's first book. It is frequently (and sometimes unnecessarily) crass, but if you're familiar with Ali's comedy style then this shouldn't surprise you. She strikes a good balance between endearing, funny, and dirty. She is unapologtically honest.__________________________________The book is broken down into letters, each of which is a seperate lesson or piece of wisdom that she hopes to impart to her daughters, covering various aspects of Dear Girls is stand- up comedian Ali Wong's first book. It is frequently (and sometimes unnecessarily) crass, but if you're familiar with Ali's comedy style then this shouldn't surprise you. She strikes a good balance between endearing, funny, and dirty. She is unapologtically honest.__________________________________The book is broken down into letters, each of which is a seperate lesson or piece of wisdom that she hopes to impart to her daughters, covering various aspects of life from dating to finding good restaurants and everything in between. Ali Wong is brave, willing to share virtually everything in this book. From the things that saddened her, scared her, challenged her, brought her unparalled joy, embarrassed her, and made her feel shame; it's all in there. Some things that I'm sure most wouldn't feel comfortable sharing with their daughters. Or they that would, but at least not in print.This book covers so much: her childhood, dating horror stories, travels, and finding her way in the comedy world. But above everything else, this book is about family. Every story she tells is leading to the bigger picture of how her family came to be. How experiences made her stonger, hardships changed her. How she met her husband, eventually realized he was the man for her and would one day be the father of her children. That the family life and Asian heritage that both she and her husband were raised with lead them to being the two people that would balance each other and shape them into the parents they would become. The charasmatic whirlwind of a comedian that is Ali balanced by her compassionate, hippie husband. Tying both their life experiences together and leading them to the beautiful family this book is about.I adored the final letter, written by her husband to their daughters. I really enjoyed being able to read both points of view on their beginnings (both in life and in their realtionship). It really helped to tie together the entire book.____I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for sharing an eARC of Dear Girls by Ali Wong with me for reviewing purposes. This is my honest review.
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  • Living My Best Book Life
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading Ali Wong's book Dear Girls. She wrote these 'letters' to her daughters giving them advice about everything they would possibly have questions about when growing up. Ali gives us her signature humor and craziness. She details some funny memories that she had to go through to make her the person she is today. And trust me she has some good stories to share.If you like reading about a real and honest woman, then you will enjoy this book. The hilarious Ali Wong i I really enjoyed reading Ali Wong's book Dear Girls. She wrote these 'letters' to her daughters giving them advice about everything they would possibly have questions about when growing up. Ali gives us her signature humor and craziness. She details some funny memories that she had to go through to make her the person she is today. And trust me she has some good stories to share.If you like reading about a real and honest woman, then you will enjoy this book. The hilarious Ali Wong is herself through and through and tells it like it is. Thank you to her parents for teaching her how to be blunt and to the point. Her personality is unique and shines through.Besides just being a fun read it was insightful and heartfelt. You can tell that her family means the world to her. You always hear about celebrities changing or forgetting where they came from and that is not the case with Ali. I learned so much about her culture and upbringing. I learned about her crush on DJ's and so much more.Overall, I liked Dear Girls because it made me laugh the whole way throuh. Mari and Nikki are lucky to have an open and honest mom like Ali!!
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  • Marie Aitchison
    January 1, 1970
    The first time I ever was exposed to Ali Wong’s humor was when I watched her stand-up, Baby Cobra, on Netflix. She was unapologetically candid and funny. When I was approved to review her new book I was so excited because I knew I would get an ab workout from laughing, and she didn’t let me down! This book was very fun to read. Ali explains in the forward that she decided to write this as notes to her daughters so when they are adults, they can read it through it and have a good understanding of The first time I ever was exposed to Ali Wong’s humor was when I watched her stand-up, Baby Cobra, on Netflix. She was unapologetically candid and funny. When I was approved to review her new book I was so excited because I knew I would get an ab workout from laughing, and she didn’t let me down! This book was very fun to read. Ali explains in the forward that she decided to write this as notes to her daughters so when they are adults, they can read it through it and have a good understanding of their mother. I love this concept. However, although funny, I couldn’t imagine writing half the stories and information to my daughters that she does. She is bold. It worked as a comedy element, though. I just tried to forget that the book is for her kids and went with it. If you enjoy her stand-up and don’t mind dirty humor then pick this one up when it is published October 15th. Thank you @netgalley for this ARC for review.
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  • Patty Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group, and Ali Wong for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of Dear Girls. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.Stand up comedian, actress, and writer, Ali Wong can now add author to her list of accomplishments. You might recognize her from her Netflix specials Baby Cobra or Hard Knock Wife. Or maybe you’ve seen her Netflix movie “Always Be My Maybe”. The movie where the Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group, and Ali Wong for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of Dear Girls. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.Stand up comedian, actress, and writer, Ali Wong can now add author to her list of accomplishments. You might recognize her from her Netflix specials Baby Cobra or Hard Knock Wife. Or maybe you’ve seen her Netflix movie “Always Be My Maybe”. The movie where the meme with Keanu Reeves went viral. If you haven’t seen it, google it - and you’re welcome. She has written a book in the style of letters to her daughters. Each chapter has cute headings like “How I Trapped Your Father” and “A Guide To Asian Restaurants”. But if you think that she has toned down her language, she hasn’t. This is on brand Ali Wong. Be prepared for crass, dirty, vulgar style that she is known for. It is very similar to her stand up. If you enjoy her comedy routines you will love this book. If not, maybe watch a special before buying this one.I am a bit in the middle with this one. It was okay, there were some funny parts, some cringeworthy parts and some yawnable moments. You get some real moments, but not enough. It would have helped me feel more connected to the book had we had more realness. It seemed distant in some ways. I think if you love her humor, you will find lots to laugh at. I’m not in love with potty humour so sometimes I felt like really, again? I understand why she makes those choices, but I don’t like it in men any more than I do in women. I’m not offended that a woman is saying these things. I just am not a big fan. I was still left wanting more after reading this book. I don’t think you get to know her any better from the book, than what you see up on stage. She says herself the those are just caricatures of real people. So I felt like I was reading a caricature of Ali Wong. Not getting to really know her. The most personal moment in the book is the letter her husband writes in the afterwards. There are some funny parts, but it isn’t laugh out loud, hilarious all the way through. As I said, maybe her fans will really love it. Just okay for me.
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  • Free Fallin’ Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Anyone in need of a good laugh? Ali Wong’s memoir, 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴, is absolutely hilarious! No other book, especially a memoir, has ever made me laugh out loud as much this one! ⠀⠀In case you’re not familiar with Ali Wong, please stop reading this review, grab your remote, and fire up Netflix. Wong’s standup specials, 𝘉𝘢𝘣𝘺 𝘊𝘰𝘣𝘳𝘢 and 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘬 𝘞𝘪𝘧𝘦 are must sees! It’ll also serve as a litmus test. Wong curses like a sailor and isn’t afraid to throw a little vulgarity into her humor. If y Anyone in need of a good laugh? Ali Wong’s memoir, 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴, is absolutely hilarious! No other book, especially a memoir, has ever made me laugh out loud as much this one! ⠀⠀In case you’re not familiar with Ali Wong, please stop reading this review, grab your remote, and fire up Netflix. Wong’s standup specials, 𝘉𝘢𝘣𝘺 𝘊𝘰𝘣𝘳𝘢 and 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘬 𝘞𝘪𝘧𝘦 are must sees! It’ll also serve as a litmus test. Wong curses like a sailor and isn’t afraid to throw a little vulgarity into her humor. If you find her brand of comedy too much, you’ll have a hard time reading this memoir. On the other hand, If you find yourself on the verge of peeing your pants from laughter, you’ll love this book!⠀⠀As the title suggests, Wong’s memoir is delivered as a series of letters written to her daughters. She shares (often overshares) defining moments of her life and career as a standup comedian. Wong minces no words! I’d label this book, advice you wish your mother would have given you. It’s real, raw, and absolutely hilarious! I especially enjoyed her advice on motherhood. Underneath all the humor and TMI moments, Wong opens up about race, privilege, and what it’s like being a woman in a male dominated profession. If you enjoy memoirs and need a good laugh, I highly suggest this book. Thank you @randomhouse and @Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Opinions are my own. ⁣⁣⠀⠀𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴: 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘛𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴, 𝘜𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘴 & 𝘈𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 is available October 15th, 2019.
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  • BookOfCinz
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life is a collection of essays that Ali Wong wrote to her two daughters on how they can be better individuals. The caveat for the daughters reading this book is that they have to be of a certain age and you will see why once you start reading it. Ali Wong holds nothing back, she gives it to us raw, real and without any dressing up. I thought Always Be My Maybe was the cutest show ever and I loved getting a look into Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life is a collection of essays that Ali Wong wrote to her two daughters on how they can be better individuals. The caveat for the daughters reading this book is that they have to be of a certain age and you will see why once you start reading it. Ali Wong holds nothing back, she gives it to us raw, real and without any dressing up. I thought Always Be My Maybe was the cutest show ever and I loved getting a look into Wong's life.Some people are not here for her husband giving the afterword- and on one hand I am agree- let this be about Ali and her daughters.... on the other hand, I liked hearing from the man who is the butt of most if not all of Ali's joke- shouldn't he have something to say? An enjoyable read! Thanks Penguin RandomHouse for this book.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    OCT 15, 2019 UPDATE:THIS BOOK IS NOW ON SALE! YAY!Here's some Ali wisdom that Jess from Random House Publishing sent me to celebrate this momentous day:OCT 15, 2019 UPDATE:THIS BOOK IS NOW ON SALE! YAY!Here's some Ali wisdom that Jess from Random House Publishing sent me to celebrate this momentous day:----------------------------------------------Review:I received an eARC of the uncorrected proof from Random House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The content is subject to change prior to publication of the finished book.First of all, I feel the need to preface that I love Ali Wong's stand-up routines . Her Netflix stand-up specials, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, were absolutely hilarious and her movie Always Be My Maybe was also pretty funny (I haven't watched Fresh Off The Boat yet but it's on my list of shows to watch). Her humor isn't for everyone though. If you don't like crass, vulgar and sexual jokes, then this book is not for you.Also, there is also no doubt in my mind that the audiobook version of the book will be awesome (I will DEFINITELY be looking forward to listening to the audiobook version when it comes out).Dear Girls is a collection of (pretty funny and inappropriate) letters written for Ali's daughters (to be read when they become adults, because this is definitely an R-rated book). Despite being targeted for adults, the tone felt rather juvenile at times (but with adult content). I can't quite recall if that's just how Ali talks, or if that's how she plans to talk to her kids when they're full grown adults. This book is by no means a literary masterpiece - the writing was mediocre at best and kind of all over the place but hopefully it will go through more (much needed) editing and will flow more smoothly by the final draft (or perhaps this is just the result of Ali's humour not translating well on paper…?). There were also a few pop culture references (Transparent and Grey Gardens, just to name a few) that I didn't get but that didn't bother me too much. I think what bothered me the most was that the tone was too conversational for the most part, which took away from certain moments that could encompass more storytelling. Even so, this book was still highly entertaining and there were many moments that made me laugh. I particularly enjoyed reading about her time studying abroad in Vietnam and the story of Ali introducing her husband to her parents. As with Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, this book also contains similar contents as her stand-up routines: feminism, trapping a husband, tips on giving birth and being a mom, being a cheap-ass asian, etc. I also absolutely loved the afterword by her husband Justin, which was incredibly heartfelt and well-written. The support and love that he has for his wife (even if it means being the subject of her jokes 90% of the time), is proof that Ali truly trapped herself the most perfect husband ever. tl;dr - Although it's definitely not the most well-written best celebrity memoir I've read, it is possibly the funniest and most entertaining celebrity book out there. Expect something along the lines of an extended written account of Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife.*Similar books: *I'd say this book falls somewhere in between Ellen and Amy's books. It's about as serious as Ellen's Seriously...I'm Kidding (so not serious at all) but sprinkled with personal stories and sexploits like in Amy's The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.----------------------------------------------Pre-Review:OMG YES YES YES!!I was browsing the NetGalley catalog when I came across this book and realized Ali Wong wrote a book. It's about time!I am so so so happy I managed to get my hands on this eARC, I can't even.
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  • Deandra
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this. Great life lessons (and good reminders at any point of life, honestly). Not the greatest memoir in the world, but I really appreciated it for what it was.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A 3.5 star rolled up to 4 bc I did snort-laugh many times while reading. If you like Ali Wong’s stand-up, this continues a lot of jokes and themes from her specials (she does a lot of raunch humor about body fluids and sex but also does a lot of jokes about the grossness of pregnancy/motherhood that kind of gets swept under the rug). The format of letters to her daughters is a little odd since they’re quite small now but it does make some of the pieces endearing. I didn’t quite get the necessity A 3.5 star rolled up to 4 bc I did snort-laugh many times while reading. If you like Ali Wong’s stand-up, this continues a lot of jokes and themes from her specials (she does a lot of raunch humor about body fluids and sex but also does a lot of jokes about the grossness of pregnancy/motherhood that kind of gets swept under the rug). The format of letters to her daughters is a little odd since they’re quite small now but it does make some of the pieces endearing. I didn’t quite get the necessity of the Afterword from her husband; it was nice, but tonally weird. There is also a joke that occurs late in one of the last chapters which perpetuates the stereotype of multiple personality disorder and violence which is very 😬😬😬.
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