Welcome to my ‘What I Read Last Week Series’! where I share my new book finds + thoughts about the book on a weekly basis. Feel free to go through the entire reading list here. Be sure to leave your thoughts about the book as well as any other book recommendations you have for me in the comments below. I love anything romance, british chick-lit, thriller, mystery and a good memoir! Cheers & Happy Reading!
Dear Girls By Ali Wong
SYNOPSIS: 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.
MY THOUGHTS: This book came recommended to me by a few friends and coworkers. It’s a really honest memoir Ali wrote for her kids to read someday when both her daughters are a bit older passing on some tips & words of wisdom. This book is super hilarious and I caught myself laughing out loud throughout. Ali reveals every bit of struggle she came across to become a successful comedian – like the weird things she’s done, places she’s travelled to and all the “bad” decisions she’s made to become who she is today. It was a very open and raw book in which some parts of the book are quite raunchy. I did find some parts of her book to be hard to follow as I couldn’t relate much to it and found her thoughts to be really scattered. But I do appreciate the overall theme and the hustle she went through to become who she is today.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
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Dear Girls by Ali Wong
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