Dear Girls – Ali Wong

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.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

OMG this book is an absolute RIOT! I can’t tell you how many times I both laughed and cringed – and often at the same time – while reading it.

The best part about Dear Girls to me was how Ali Wong doesn’t hold back anything. Like, this woman truly just put everything out there for America to read, and she’s totally ok with it. We’re talking the gross side of giving birth, pubic hair maintenance, sleeping with sketchy guys and homeless dudes, farting during yoga, the unsexiness of scheduling sex at certain times to optimize conception…she really doesn’t hold back.

That takes balls, yall.

I seriously admire her for writing about all of that so openly. I won’t lie, I learned a lot about for example the straight-up gross aspects of childbirth – because no one ever talks about these kinds of things, but as someone who wants to have children in the future, I want and need to know these things! Bless her for making me aware of what the female body goes through during that (in excruciating, hilarious detail, for better or worse). Our society so loves to pretend our bodies can’t be unpleasant and do weird stuff, especially female bodies, but Wong breaks down that wall and normalizes everything embarrassing. We absolutely need more people like her!

One star off only because her raunchiness is a little too much even for me sometimes, and I love/hate it. Love to hear it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still awkward and unfamiliar to read about sometimes!

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