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Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets &…
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Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best… (udgave 2020)

af Ali Wong (Forfatter)

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"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"--… (mere)
Medlem:23points
Titel:Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
Forfattere:Ali Wong (Forfatter)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2020), 240 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:2021, audiobook 2021, memoir, funny, celebrity, author of color 2021, parenting

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I really enjoyed this funny memoir! I hadn't known anything about Ali Wong before reading/listening to Dear Girls. And halfway through I said to myself, "Alright, I should probably watch the Netflix specials." I ended up watching "Baby Cobra" and daaaamn this chick is raunchy!

This memoir is a love letter to Ali's daughters about her life, race, upbringing, career, family, feminism, dating and her relationship with her husband, their father, Justin Hakuta. Listening to Ali narrate was a treat. It was basically like listening to one of her comedy specials just for you.

The only thing I probably was thrown by was her husband narrating the afterword. The pacing was perfect and I really wanted to end on her voice and tone. I did appreciate his perspective but I would have liked it better following her own chapter on their meet-cute and marriage. It might not have worked but it felt weird ending on someone else's thoughts after the wild ride of Ali Wong's mind and passion.

While I dabble in celebrity memoirs, they aren't my bread and butter so take this for what you will!
All in all, really enjoyable and fun! ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
Ali Wong was at her brash, bawdy, and unapologetic finest in this book. I love her comedy and was excited to learn more about the woman off the stage - I was not disappointed! I loved the openness she offered about her experiences, the hilarity of her anecdotes and just the all around honesty.

I'm not big into memoirs and the like, but this one was excellent.

One last thing, I've read a few reviews that didn't like the final chapter where her husband Justin offers his perspective, but I found it refreshing and interesting to see the story from the other side. To me it was less of a justification as to why he chose to support her career over his own, and more about trying to address the stigma that exists around men supporting powerful women... and that is something that definitely needs addressing more. ( )
  TCLinrow | Mar 17, 2021 |
Ali Wong was at her brash, bawdy, and unapologetic finest in this book. I love her comedy and was excited to learn more about the woman off the stage - I was not disappointed! I loved the openness she offered about her experiences, the hilarity of her anecdotes and just the all around honesty.

I'm not big into memoirs and the like, but this one was excellent.

One last thing, I've read a few reviews that didn't like the final chapter where her husband Justin offers his perspective, but I found it refreshing and interesting to see the story from the other side. To me it was less of a justification as to why he chose to support her career over his own, and more about trying to address the stigma that exists around men supporting powerful women... and that is something that definitely needs addressing more. ( )
  TCLinrow | Mar 17, 2021 |
very funny and touching but just not as rhythmically solid and satisfying as her stand-up...very vignette-y

it does make me feel like stronger as a person lmao ( )
  brieche | Nov 14, 2020 |
I borrowed the Dear Girls ebook from my local library because I love Ali Wong’s comedy. I am really happy I grabbed it when I did because it is one of the funniest books I’ve read this year!

The novel details Wong’s life experience and some of the lessons she hopes to pass on to her daughters. Each of the chapters is formatted as a letter to Wong’s daughters, which I personally think was a genius way to style the memoir. The writing is so vibrant and really allowed Wong’s voice to shine through. So often author’s write in a way that doesn’t feel lifelike, but Wong’s writing feels so real.

While I don’t think you have to be a fan of stand-up to read Dear Girls, you definitely have to

appreciate Wong’s style of humor. She is not afraid to tell stories one would normally keep to themselves. Alongside the jokes, Wong delved into family relations, struggles of dating, pregnancy, working as a comedian in a male-dominated industry, and so many different issues she’s faced in her life. The humor was perfect in balancing some of the weightier subjects and overall so interesting I read it in one day!

Since a large portion of the book is partly focused on Wong’s experience growing up, she gives lots of advice to her young daughters. I liked the insight into youth, adulthood, dating, marriage, and parenthood. Wong is known for talking about the subjects in her specials and her memoir is an amplification of that. Even though I can’t relate to growing up Asian-American nor do the lessons about parenthood apply to me at my stage in life, I felt like there were so many important lessons. Wong’s message to take advantage of traveling and challenging yourself in your youth really resonated with me.

Rating: 5/5 I had fun reading the novel and there weren’t any issues that stood out to me within the writing or the content! Overall, a quick read that's worth it! ( )
  Reading.rock | Nov 13, 2020 |
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"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"--

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