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

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

by Ali Wong

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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) cover 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.

“Fierce, feminist, and packed with funny anecdotes.”—Entertainment Weekly

NAMED ONE OF FALL’S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS BY Time Vox USA Today HuffPost Bustle Vogue PopSugar BookRiot Shondaland

In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even 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 single 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 gross) for all.

Advance praise for Dear Girls

“[Wong] spins a volume whose pages simultaneously shock and satisfy. . . . Dear Girls is not so much a real-talk handbook as it is a myth-puncturing manifesto.”—Vogue
“[A] refreshing, hilarious, and honest account of making a career in a male-dominated field, dating, being a mom, growing up, and so much more…Yes, this book is addressed to Wong’s daughters, but every reader will find nuggets of wisdom and inspiration and, most important, something to laugh at.”Bustle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525508847
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 581
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress.  She has released two hit Netflix comedy specials—Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife—and will star in the Netflix original film Always Be My Maybe.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

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Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 8 hours ago
I received a free E-ARC of this book from Netgalley. I've watched Ali Wong on 'American Housewife' lots of times and thought she was funny. I haven't watched any of her comedy specials, but I thought this book was very funny and touching at the same time. In this sorta-memoir/letter to her 2 daughters, she talks about growing up, meeting her husband, and being a stand-up comic. This book made me laugh out loud quite a few times.
rcahill 8 hours ago
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.
PattySmith87 4 days ago
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 a 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 cringe-worthy 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 humor 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.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Ali Wong is funny. Anyone who has seen her stand-up specials would be able to tell you that. Dear Girls gives us a peek into Ali’s mind as she shares her unique memories and insights through a series of letters written to her young daughters. She shares (or perhaps overshares) her thoughts about dating, sex, relationships, childbirth, work, food, and, family with a refreshing mix of humour and honesty. An overlying theme throughout the book is identity. With each letter, the reader gets a closer look into Ali’s view of her identity as a comedian, wife, woman, her Asian ancestry, and ultimately being a Mother. She shares her own exploration of her Vietnamese Mother’s country and culture which helps lead her to a better understanding of her upbringing and ultimately helps her define herself as a Mother as she gains a greater appreciation of her own Mother. Dear Girls is everything you love about Ali Wong, shockingly funny, uniquely perceptive, and perfectly relatable.
SarahM-M 5 days ago
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.
Anonymous 6 days ago
I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for giving me access. I am a big Ali Wong fan. I’ve watched her Netflix Specials, movies, and shows. Ali Wong is my Spirit Animal (Person?) I highly recommend watching at least one of her specials before reading Dear Girls. You’ll have a better experience reading it in her voice. You know how you read in your inner voice? Well it would be her voice instead. And it makes it that much enjoyable. Better yet, get that audiobook as well, I know I am. That being said, Dear Girls is a hilarious compilation of letters addressed to her daughters. They are full of hilarious stories. Some of which a child would cringe at, “Awww mom! I don’t want to hear about your sexcapades! GROSS!” This was extremely enjoyable and I didn’t want to put it down. I recommend to anyone that loves comedy — especial raunchy comedy — to read this or give this a listen. You’ll be laughing your buns of cinnamon off!
LoveLiBooks 6 days ago
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. 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. Maybe because I can relate to the topics of her jokes? Either way, I love her and I love this memoir.
MKF 6 days ago
What a hoot! More importantly, what a hoot with a heart. Ali Wong is what she is -and she's as open and funny in print as she is on the screen (or in person). Written as letters to her daughters which are not to be read until they are 21, this covers the coast in terms of her childhood, her early years as a comedian, and becoming their mom. The last chapter, a letter from her husband, is more sincere and thus less successful, I think than Ali's portions, which can delve into the TMI but also skewer the small things. It's not that he isn't a good guy, it's just that the tone is different. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. Try this one for a good laugh. If you haven't seen Wong before, you'll definitely look for her after reading it!