Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life

Dear Girls Intimate Tales Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life 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 datin

  • Title: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life
  • Author: Ali Wong
  • ISBN: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life
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  • Page: 254
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  • 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 resona 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 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 Get A Copy StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 224 pages Expected publication October 15th 2019 by Random House More Details Original Title Dear Girls Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life ISBN 052550883X ISBN13 9780525508830 Edition Language English Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Dear Girls, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Self Help Published in Year 2019 83 books 21 voters Women Rights are Human Rights 82 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.20 Rating details 61 ratings 32 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 32 More filters Sort order Jul 11, 2019 Mimi rated it it was amazing Shelves feminist, want to listen, life learnings, have a copy, memoir, comedy, diversity inclusion belonging, non fiction, i own 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 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 any 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 flag 24 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 08, 2019 Katie marked it as to read How dare this book not be in my hands immediately flag 16 likesLike see review Aug 29, 2019 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing Recommended to Jeffrey by Mimi Shelves hollywood, memoirs, nonfiction, humor 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 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 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 isI 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 thinkingdon 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 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 indives 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 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 successful at something we love to do Patience grasshopper Wax on Wax off I want to thank Mimi Chan of and Random House for supplying me with an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at flag 40 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Elyse Walters Oops That I ve seen do stand up yes If it s the same person I think she s terrific and hilarious and adorable and funny entertaining andI d go s Oops That I ve seen do stand up yes If it s the same person I think she s terrific and hilarious and adorable and funny entertaining andI d go see her Aug 31, 2019 03 08PM Jeffrey Keeten This is THE Ali Wong, stand up comedian She is really something Elyse You ll love this book Aug 31, 2019 07 15PM Aug 25, 2019 Chihoe Ho rated it it was amazing 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 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 , 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 flag 8 likesLike see review Caryn Cathcart waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Aug 26, 2019 05 16PM Kaelan So nice Chihoe So excited to read Aug 26, 2019 08 04PM Chihoe Ho Ready to fangirl with you once you re done Aug 28, 2019 06 25AM Aug 20, 2019 Susie Dumond rated it it was amazing 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2019 Melissa rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Recommended for pregnant asian moms and anyone who enjoyed Ali s stand up Shelves 2019 releases, non fiction, memoir biography, funny, arc, netgalley, feminism, hollywood celebrity 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 w 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 much needed editing and will flow 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 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 SeriouslyI 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 26, 2019 T rated it liked it Shelves 2019 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 e 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 childcareand 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 flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Aug 08, 2019 Andrea Pole rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Dear Girls by Ali Wong is a heartfelt, humorous, and extremely raunchy series of letters to her young daughters about growing up Asian, trapping their father, and finding the balance between motherhood and a successful career in comedy I must admit that I knew very little about Ali Wong before reading this book, but seeing her name trending with regularity on my Netflix account, I knew that I had to investigate the hype.Dear Girls is written with all of the profanity and crassness that you woul Dear Girls by Ali Wong is a heartfelt, humorous, and extremely raunchy series of letters to her young daughters about growing up Asian, trapping their father, and finding the balance between motherhood and a successful career in comedy I must admit that I knew very little about Ali Wong before reading this book, but seeing her name trending with regularity on my Netflix account, I knew that I had to investigate the hype.Dear Girls is written with all of the profanity and crassness that you would expect from this author, yet at its heart there is an underlying tenderness in the way that Ali expresses her wishes for her daughters, and also for her family of origin, who evoke mostly fond memories But despite her graphic descriptions of giving birth, and recounting many a sexual escapade that easily fall into the category of too much information , Ali manages to convince us that it is her deep love of family that informs everything that she puts out creatively I especially enjoyed the afterword by Wong s husband, Justin, who pens a dear girls letter to his daughters that is truly touching In the letter, he explains to the girls that their mother is unabashedly true to who she is, and will continue to forge her own unique path in life And whether or not you appreciate Wong s comedic stylings, isn t that a truly positive legacy Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Random House for this ARC flag Like see review Aug 22, 2019 Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 09, 2019 Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves to buy, e arcs Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an arc for review, this in no way influenced my opinion.I really enjoyed this collection of letters written by Ali to her daughters, it was much personal than I anticipated while still retaining the raunchy humour that is her trademark Even if you somehow haven t enjoyed discovered her Netflix or ABC work, I think this book will be of interest the focus on family, being a global citizen, the immigrant minority experience, and forging your own Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an arc for review, this in no way influenced my opinion.I really enjoyed this collection of letters written by Ali to her daughters, it was much personal than I anticipated while still retaining the raunchy humour that is her trademark Even if you somehow haven t enjoyed discovered her Netflix or ABC work, I think this book will be of interest the focus on family, being a global citizen, the immigrant minority experience, and forging your own path regardless are all messages we need reinforced at any age.The only part of the book that is tonally off is her husband s letter to their daughter s at the end it s very well written and heartfelt, but for me it was a bit of a lead balloon to end on I think if his writing had been integrated throughout as like a counter to each chapter or even as a preface it would ve worked better for me Just generally, non fiction of this nature doesn t have someone else wrap it up unless the author died in the middle of writing again the letter is fine, it s just the placement that isn t right flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 29, 2019 Kelsey rated it liked it ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This wast as good as I thought it would be I was expecting fall over, snorting liquids out my nose laughter And there were parts that were hilarious At one point, she describes her dad breaking into song unexpectedly at her sister s wedding and I laughed so hard I cried real tears and could not speak to my husband without laughing about it again But most of it just didn t translate Her stand up works so well because of her ph ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This wast as good as I thought it would be I was expecting fall over, snorting liquids out my nose laughter And there were parts that were hilarious At one point, she describes her dad breaking into song unexpectedly at her sister s wedding and I laughed so hard I cried real tears and could not speak to my husband without laughing about it again But most of it just didn t translate Her stand up works so well because of her physicality Her facial expressions, her tone of voice, her gesturing wildly towards her genitals Etc I mean, don t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed this But I think I built it up way too high and then got disappointed when it just wasn t the same Also, her husband s afterword was weird There I said it I can t put my finger on why, but I did not like it It s very woo woo, describing my wildly cultured life and the way your mother and I feel about our feelings and comes off as kind of oddly formal and not well written Anyway, still enjoyed, just don t expect it to match her stand up flag Like see review Aug 20, 2019 Ruth rated it really liked it Shelves publisher netgalley Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I was already a fan of Ali Wong before reading this book I discovered her by watching her Netflix specials and her movie, Always Be My Maybe The book is structured as a series of letters written to her two daughters, Mari and Nikki When Wong first came into the spotlight, she was pregnant and a lot of her jokes centered around her husband and pregnancy, so this book is very on b Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I was already a fan of Ali Wong before reading this book I discovered her by watching her Netflix specials and her movie, Always Be My Maybe The book is structured as a series of letters written to her two daughters, Mari and Nikki When Wong first came into the spotlight, she was pregnant and a lot of her jokes centered around her husband and pregnancy, so this book is very on brand This will be a great but cringe worthily honest resource for her daughters, but as a fan, I enjoyed it for its entertaining stories and Wong s in your face honest tips and advice She s known for her raunchy comedy and isn t afraid to bare all She didn t hold back when she wrote this book She tells it like it is and reveals a lot of personal stories, so I felt like I really got to know her, both as a comedian and as a person in general If you re a fan of Ali Wong s then I recommend you read it flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 02, 2019 Rachel rated it really liked it Comedian Ali Wong s memoir, presented as a series of letters to her daughters, is as funny and occasionally raunchy as you might expect if you ve seen her stand up comedy Dear Girls has its mushy sweet spots, but mostly this is a chance for Wong to reflect on her experiences as a child the youngest of four siblings , in college where study abroad was a highlight and during her post college years trying to find a toehold as a performer and searching for love She comes across as incredibl Comedian Ali Wong s memoir, presented as a series of letters to her daughters, is as funny and occasionally raunchy as you might expect if you ve seen her stand up comedy Dear Girls has its mushy sweet spots, but mostly this is a chance for Wong to reflect on her experiences as a child the youngest of four siblings , in college where study abroad was a highlight and during her post college years trying to find a toehold as a performer and searching for love She comes across as incredibly ambitious and smart Wong also speaks unflinchingly about racism and sexism she has experienced as an Asian American woman in comedy and in Hollywood I really liked that she let her husband take the last chapter for one bonus letter to their daughters He speaks eloquently about what it s like to share your life with someone who s famous and about his choice to be a full time dad Good stuff Note I received a free advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Aug 30, 2019 Marisa rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, asian lit, fave 2019 reads, present day, memoirs, nonfiction 4.5 5 starsAs a fan of Ali Wong s work, I went into this knowing it wouldn t disappoint Her book reads as flawlessly and unashamedly as her stand up does, and it s the perfect mixture of touching, inspiring, and just plain ass hilarious She tackles so many issues within this book being a mother, a WORKING mother, a celebrity, an Asian American, and a human While so many of her letters deal with her identity as an Asian American woman, she also makes it clear that that isn t all her daughters 4.5 5 starsAs a fan of Ali Wong s work, I went into this knowing it wouldn t disappoint Her book reads as flawlessly and unashamedly as her stand up does, and it s the perfect mixture of touching, inspiring, and just plain ass hilarious She tackles so many issues within this book being a mother, a WORKING mother, a celebrity, an Asian American, and a human While so many of her letters deal with her identity as an Asian American woman, she also makes it clear that that isn t all her daughters should allow themselves to be labeled as Her message is powerful, and it certainly doesn t help that there are a bunch of hysterically outrageous sex stories advice thrown all throughout, too.Ali Wong s humor is certainly raunchy, so if you don t like raunchy, then you ll probably want to skip But if you love raunchy, strong truth tea, and a good, hard reality check, then Ali Wong s book is a must read flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 26, 2019 Marie Aitchison rated it liked it 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 flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 30, 2019 Stacy rated it really liked it Shelves first reads I won an advanced copy of this book from the giveaway program This review is my honest opinion I won this book without really knowing who Ali Wong was, and I am so glad I was fortunate enough for this to be my introduction to her The book was often laugh out loud funny and very relatable It was a good break from the heavier fiction I have read lately I was a bit scandalized but only a little by some of what she was sharing with her daughters, but at the same time I loved it I won an advanced copy of this book from the giveaway program This review is my honest opinion I won this book without really knowing who Ali Wong was, and I am so glad I was fortunate enough for this to be my introduction to her The book was often laugh out loud funny and very relatable It was a good break from the heavier fiction I have read lately I was a bit scandalized but only a little by some of what she was sharing with her daughters, but at the same time I loved it I guess that s what comedy is I only wish the book had been longer Her last chapter before the afterword seemed to end very abruptly, though I hope to explore of Wong s comedy In the middle of reading this, I did start watching Baby Cobra, but found this book even funnier I recommend reading Dear Girls whether or not you are a fan of her onstage comedy Thanks to the publisher and for the opportunity to devour an early copy flag Like see review Aug 25, 2019 Becky rated it it was amazing Have you ever not realized you were lacking something, but once that something appeared you had no doubt you needed it all along Well, for me the answer is yes and that something is Dear Girls by Ali Wong The comedian pens letters to her young daughters, but really, she is speaking to all women Each letter covers a different aspect of life that her daughters will face as they grow, and these are issues that adult women are facing now How can you balance family and career What about marriage Have you ever not realized you were lacking something, but once that something appeared you had no doubt you needed it all along Well, for me the answer is yes and that something is Dear Girls by Ali Wong The comedian pens letters to her young daughters, but really, she is speaking to all women Each letter covers a different aspect of life that her daughters will face as they grow, and these are issues that adult women are facing now How can you balance family and career What about marriage What about raising children What about facing doubt because of your gender or race Wong is talking to all of us Wong s raunchy and graphic language will not be for everyone, but she is true to who she is as a woman and comedian This book will have you nodding your heading and laughing until it hurts flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 24, 2019 Ingrid rated it it was amazing I am a huge Ali Wong fan I enjoyed every page of this book and it was truly a delight I loved that it wasn t just a book of her trying to be funny but a letter to her daughters I love how honest she is and how she shares her view of family and the minority experience I only wish it were longer Ali s husband wrote the afterward and it was interesting Now, his writing was definitely different than Ali s you could tell he went to Harvard and that she wasn t exaggerating about the mindfu I am a huge Ali Wong fan I enjoyed every page of this book and it was truly a delight I loved that it wasn t just a book of her trying to be funny but a letter to her daughters I love how honest she is and how she shares her view of family and the minority experience I only wish it were longer Ali s husband wrote the afterward and it was interesting Now, his writing was definitely different than Ali s you could tell he went to Harvard and that she wasn t exaggerating about the mindfulness yoga parts of him and he s not trying to be funny You have one view of him from all the jokes Ali makes But from his afterward you see why their relationship works, and how lucky their girls are to have two awesome parents flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 18, 2019 Kerry Pickens rated it really liked it Shelves read 2019 I feel like Randy Jackson when I say I have mad love for Ali Wong, but this book just isn t good The reason is this book is supposed to be for her kids, but most of the jokes are already in her two specials and then there is the oversharing of information that seems to be her go to thing I don t want to know how long her pubic hair is, and I am sure her kids don t want to either Otherwise the books seems to be written for other Asian American women wanting to go into show business The cha I feel like Randy Jackson when I say I have mad love for Ali Wong, but this book just isn t good The reason is this book is supposed to be for her kids, but most of the jokes are already in her two specials and then there is the oversharing of information that seems to be her go to thing I don t want to know how long her pubic hair is, and I am sure her kids don t want to either Otherwise the books seems to be written for other Asian American women wanting to go into show business The chances of her two kids deciding to go into show business is not that high, so why pretend the book is for them flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 14, 2019 The Literary Sommelier rated it really liked it I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.I laughed out loud reading Ali Wong s Dear Girls This book is presented as a series of letters from the comedians to her two daughters, and it is a perfect combination of warm, sincere, vulgar in an explicit way, not an offensive way , and funny If you liked Bossy Pants Tina Fey , Yes, Please Amy Poehler , or Why Not Me Mindy Kaling , you ll love this book If you haven t read any of these but are looking for I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.I laughed out loud reading Ali Wong s Dear Girls This book is presented as a series of letters from the comedians to her two daughters, and it is a perfect combination of warm, sincere, vulgar in an explicit way, not an offensive way , and funny If you liked Bossy Pants Tina Fey , Yes, Please Amy Poehler , or Why Not Me Mindy Kaling , you ll love this book If you haven t read any of these but are looking for entertainment and laughs, you should read it too flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 28, 2019 Sayo rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 You definitely see a different side of Ali Wong in this book.While always apologetically herself, you see the grounded, mother and wife, who cherishes her heritage She speak lovingly of her family, and the beautiful partnership she shares with her husband Ali Wong s honesty about her life from childhood to motherhood was very refreshing This was an empowering read Proudly Asian, proudly a woman, Ali Wong s letters to her daughters read like an instruction manual for the future generation of You definitely see a different side of Ali Wong in this book.While always apologetically herself, you see the grounded, mother and wife, who cherishes her heritage She speak lovingly of her family, and the beautiful partnership she shares with her husband Ali Wong s honesty about her life from childhood to motherhood was very refreshing This was an empowering read Proudly Asian, proudly a woman, Ali Wong s letters to her daughters read like an instruction manual for the future generation of strong women.A great read flag Like see review Aug 16, 2019 Molly is currently reading it I m a sucker for a good celebrity memoir, and I knew based on her standup, Ali Wong s new book Dear Girls would be a fun read This memoir is unsurprisingly raunchy with a capital R, but it s also hilarious and heartfelt and I like her even now that I ve read it Each chapter is written as a letter to her two daughters a unique and fun way to set up these stories that chronicle Ali s life Final thought This would be the perfect audiobook for a road trip flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 24, 2019 Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves edelweiss, non fiction, hilarious, humor Pub date Oct 2019After seeing Ali Wong s comedy specials, I knew this book would be funny and raunchy What I didn t know is how personal it would be She makes you laugh even when talking about the painful things that happened in her life Her advice to her daughters is real and honest, and the way she grew up with the unvarnished truth is fascinating to me, since it s the opposite of the way I did This is a great memoir and it s going to be a huge hit flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 10, 2019 Sarah rated it really liked it I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review I was very excited to get this book so as soon as I was able to access it, I dove right in The book is divided into letters Ali writes to her daughters and they infuse wisdom and laughter about her life growing up If you are a fan of Ali, this is the book for you flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 18, 2019 Morgan Schulman rated it really liked it Shelves reader s copy I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review What a sweet way to stylize a memoir a letter to your baby daughters laying out all the raunchy shit that went down on the way to fame and fortune Seriously though, the conceit is cute and this is a much better than average celebrity memoir Very little self indulgence, high on the laughs 3.5 rounded up flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 31, 2019 Carrie rated it really liked it Funny, fearless and fascinating If you love Ali Wong s stand up you ll love her book The chapter titled Tips on Giving Birth had me in stitches I kept hearing her voice in my head while I read her words Her delivery would make it that much better I think once this comes out on audio I m going to listen to the book again Advanced copy obtained from Random House via Netgalley flag Like see review Aug 31, 2019 Laura rated it it was amazing Really funny I don t usually laugh out loud with books but this did it I also really loved reading about her family and their perspectives on moving to America or being Asian in America You could tell how much she loved her husband and daughters in each chapter flag Like see review Aug 07, 2019 Kim rated it really liked it Hilarious If you love Ali Wong and her stand up specials and movie, you ll love this book It s written as letters to her daughters, but it s still her brand of raunchy and funny I laughed through the whole thing flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 28, 2019 Chelsea Stringfield rated it really liked it Solidly funny Reads just like her stand up Afterword is especially heartwarming flag Like see review Aug 25, 2019 A rated it really liked it You can t go wrong with Ali Wong flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Nonfiction 42 users Autobiography Memoir 25 users Humor 19 users See top shelves About Ali Wong Ali Wong 74 followers Alexandra Ali Wong is an American actress, stand up comedian, and writer She is noted for her Netflix stand up specials Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, as well as her television appearances in American Housewife, Are You There, Chelsea , Inside Amy Schumer, 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