“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.”
-Synopsis from Goodreads
Short take: Dear Girls is an extremely funny memoir that had me laughing out loud, and actually brought me to tears at one point because it was so moving. If you enjoy comedian memoirs, you’ll definitely like this book but be warned, it’s very NSFW.
On the whole I liked this book very much. I love to learn about comedian’s backstories and how they got started out in comedy. I first saw Ali Wong in her Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe which instantly became one of my favorite movies. We definitely get to learn a lot about Ali Wong’s early life and career in this book and I feel like I really know her as a person more after reading this.
My slight caveat, that has nothing to do with the book, is that it was maybe not the right time for me to be reading this type of book. This is the main reason why this review is so incredibly short! For whatever reason I wasn’t entirely in the mood for this type of book, but I read it anyway because I have been looking forward to it for so long now. I have been on a somewhat weird streak with books lately and I genuinely think it is just this time of year that always throws things off, reading lists included!
I still recommend it if you enjoy comedian memoirs or want to learn more about Ali Wong.