Hey Ladies! by Michelle Markowitz

Hey Ladies!

Based on the column of the same name that appeared in The Toast, Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to man.The women in the...

Details Hey Ladies!

TitleHey Ladies!
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreFiction, Humor, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Hey Ladies!

  • Abby Lance
    Listen, did I hate something about every single one of these women, except Gracie, who is me, and therefore perfect? Yes. They’re all terrible people who you care about in the way you care about your family even though they’re terrible. When *spoiler* can this book even have spoilers? Ali is passed over at first to walk down the aisle even I felt bad for her and I fucking hate her and my best friends name is Ali so that should really say some...
  • Ashley
    Here's the thing: I hated this book, I thought it was obnoxious and insufferable, and hated my life while I read it. However, damn, I couldn't stop reading it. This book is the definition of a train wreck. And, like, I get that that's the point, that's it's a satirical look at groups of girlfriends, and heck, I know I've sent my share of "Hey ladies!" emails... but ye gods. I didn't find this funny or amusing or anything but annoying.The characte...
  • Ngiste
    This is the Girls of fiction. I hate skimmed it. What could have been a funny exploration of modern female friendship was just an unending list of female caricatures. Not one character in this book was compelling or even mildly unselfish (much like girls). It was maybe satirical, but if so definitely didn’t need to be novel length. 2 Stars because i wouldn’t leap and tear this book out of someone’s hands and wouldn’t mind talking about al...
  • Lindsey Hresko
    Reading this book was like watching a marathon of Real Housewives: you can do it compulsively, but you sort of feel icky about yourself during and after the whole debacle. The book was easy to finish - I read it at a sprint - but the whole experience actually made me nauseous. I get it. This is humor. Maybe even poorly executed social commentary. But while it had brief moments of being relatable, everything was portrayed on such an exaggerated sc...
  • Mary
    Listen. Is this high literature? NOPE. Did I hate every single one of these characters at one point or another? YUP. (Except maybe Gracie. Also I might be her, down to the very last page. #owningit.) Was it thoroughly enjoyable and 100% bingeable and exactly what I needed over the holiday weekend? Absolutely yes. I’ve been on this email thread. YOU have been on this email thread. Markowitz and Moss do a fantastic job of satirizing the tone of t...
  • Emily
    This is one of the funniest and most cringe-inducing things I’ve read, maybe ever. It is utterly ridiculous and 100% based in reality. I’m going to start gifting it immediately...
  • Mandy
    Quick read with a lot of under-delivered potential. Few of the characters seemed like real people and yet they also weren’t quite over the top comic enough to satisfy. There are a few great zingers but I’d love to see someone handle the awfulness of the wedding industrial complex on friendships with more empathy and a sharper eye.
  • Alison
    Like another reviewer, I stayed up way too late so I could finish this book. I was a huge fan of the Hey Ladies column at The Toast, and the book is amazing. It's absolutely hilarious, and it builds on the original column in smart and funny ways. There are text messages in here! You get introduced to Helene, one of the Ladies' moms! And there are side plots and intrigue and ... it's just wonderful. I laughed out loud repeatedly.
  • Brooke Nuzie
    I almost feel weird giving this book 4 stars because it’s not a “good” book. I read it in about 3 hours, and it was entertaining. I hated actually every character (except Gracie and probably Morgan), but I think because I read it fast it never became too much. In the beginning, I could see all my friends in each of the girls, but as it went on they became wayyyy too stereotypical and were less relatable. Still an overall enjoyable use of 3 ...
  • Jack Parker
    Je veux effacer ce livre de ma mémoire pour pouvoir avoir le plaisir de le relire et le redécouvrir ad vitam aeternam. J’ai tellement ri et j’ai tellement eu envie d’enfoncer la tête d’Ali dans une grosse poubelle, c’était si bon.
  • Joy Eckert
    I loved this book! I laughed out loud several times while reading this in public, although it is best enjoyed in bed with wine. The humor is so specific. The layout and graphics are beautiful. This was such a fun read!
  • Cait
    This was so good that as soon as I hit March, I was seriously considering getting a bus to the Anaheim Barnes and Noble so I could buy a physical copy (read an ebook from my library)
  • April
    Holy crap. I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so much. I'm genuinely excited for friends to get engaged so I can buy them this book. Also, considering the ending, there better be a sequel.
  • Tamara
    Hey Ladies!!When The Toast folded I didn't think I would ever again get my fix of these amazing email threads. When I read Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz were coming out with a whole freaking book of Ali, Jen, Gracie, and co., I was elated.These emails are way too relatable and I hate the bit of me I see in many of these girls. (I like to think I'm a Gracie with a dash of Morgan, but real talk, I'm probably a Katie.)Hey Ladies! is laugh-out...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    The blurb on the back of this book read, "This is the Bridget Jones's Diary of our time. By the way, Bridget Jones’s Diary is a total masterpiece.” I adore BJD - the books, the movies, the Colin. I'm here for all of it! I have a cat named Jones. So, I obviously had ridiculous expectations.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I think it's supposed to be satire, but I could barely tolerate this book. The characters are vapid, passive aggressive and ridic...
  • ester
    I laughed so much over this book on the subway that a dude next to me asked what I was reading. "It's a satire about female friendships," I told him. "It perfectly captures how obsessive and fraught and even smothering they can be, and also how important they are, and it's all done through emails and texts over a year while these eight friends are planning one friend's wedding." "OMG," he said, taking a picture of the cover, "that sounds great. I...
  • Sarah Walz
    It’s like they took my phone, read all my group texts, emails, dms, gchats, and snapchats, then jacked up the drama and set it in New York. Really fucking spot on and so so funny
  • Holly
    I feel like I’m most like Gracie but my personal fear is that I’m really most like Ali. And that is the brilliance of this book. That I can see parts of myself in each of these women, while swearing I’m nothing like any of them.
  • Priya Solanki
    My friend and I decided to pick up this book after he heard positive reviews, and I have mixed feelings. I like this book for being an innovative format that tells a story in a new and unique way. I don't like this book because almost every character is uniquely annoying and at times I just wanted to yell at them or tell them to shut up. This book advertises female friendship, but these friendships are toxic and not representative of female frien...
  • Allison
    Literally screamed at the end. Gracie!!!
  • Monica
    This book was really refreshing and good! I had heard some hype about it, but I was nervous because it's written in all e-mails and text conversations, not a linear story with one voice. I was scared I wouldn't be interested or able to keep up with the eight voices/characters, but it was a fun, cute read! Not any type of great literature, but I checked it out from the library (free!) and blew through it - very quick, and pretty funny. Probably mo...
  • Sara
    If you're a Millennial woman and you've ever been on an email chain lasting more than 10 emails, you will eat this up. I could pick out so many people I've known over the years - the one who demands "just let me know what you all decide!" and then, when told the final plan, wants to change it. The one who demands everyone follow her plan, regardless of how inconvenient it is for everyone else. And of course, anyone who's repeatedly cancelled plan...
  • Bookishfolk
    Oh man, this one was absurd. First, I would literally lose my mind if I had people like this in my life. Second, bridezillas are a thing and even when the person is chill, they turn into a different human when wedding planning is taking place. Third-the money being spent, and asking other people to spend on your events, was actually giving me anxiety while reading it. So even though I thought this book was totally over the top, and exaggerated (I...
  • Diane Markowitz
    This is a delightful and funny book with wonderful illustrations. It's about eight 20and 30 something female friends, who email and text each other about planning engagement parties, wedding showers, brunches, trips, dating, and breakups. Although these friends can be snarky with each other, they are supportive and well intentioned. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and you will too!
  • Liz
    Imagine going into this book thinking it's going to be about female empowerment, and ending up with... whatever this is (picked it up on a rec, didn't read anything about it beforehand). I'm so glad I don't know a single person like the characters in this book, is all I'm saying. It was a good, quick read for being (literally) in airplane mode, though, so I will credit this book that.
  • Emily
    I'm so happy I pre-ordered this; I was craving a funny read and finding it in my mailbox made my night. I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard for this long over a piece of writing; it's not just that the jokes are hilarious, it's also that they don't get old or too cringey even over 200+ pages. The design and illustrations really tie it together, too!
  • Madeline
    Funniest book of 2018.
  • Manda
    Very funny and cringeworthy
  • Kristi Berry
    Effing hilarious. Too real.
  • Rebekah
    Absurd! Silly af. Fun, unique, and reminds me of the stress of planning a wedding. I saw a bit of myself in both Ali and Morgan!!!