Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Dear Girls

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 w...

Details Dear Girls

TitleDear Girls
Release DateOct 15th, 2019
PublisherRandom House
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook

Reviews Dear Girls

  • Emily May
    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. I had such a fun time reading this book! Dear Girls was given to me as a gift and, at first, I wasn't sure how much it was really my thing, or even if I was going to read it. I like Ali Wong's stand-up just fine, but I don't read many books by comedi...
  • Miranda Reads
    4.5 stars Right off the bat - a quick PSA to Mari and Nikki (the "girls" that Ali refers to in the story) - your mother was right.Do not (ABSOLUTELY DO NOT) read this book before you're 21. In fact, deeply consider reading it at all.There are things that are objectively hilarious (abso-freaking-lutely hilarious) but horrifying (stunningly so) when you learn it's your own mother in the center of the story.*ahem* onto the review! That day, my co-...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    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. Hed probably think I was some sort of magician with ancient powers, de...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    CONGRATULATIONS-Goodreads Choice Awards Humor Winner!This was such a reprieve from what turned out to be a heavy month. I can't remember the last time I've laughed so hard, and my only gripe is that I wish there was more! Seriously, I could listen to Ali Wong and her personal brand of female humor all day every day. This was excellent as an audio book read by Wong! Highly recommended.
  • Debra
    4.5 StarsDear Girls is a book made up of Ali Wong writing letters (chapters) to her young daughters. The letters are hilarious, cautionary candid tales telling of Ali's life experiences from childhood through adulthood and cumulating into her becoming a mother. She is frank, candid, vulgar and hilariously real about all aspects of her life. She is not afraid to take risks and encourages her daughters to do so but to also learn from the mistakes t...
  • Elyse Walters
    Ali Wong makes me laugh.... ...she is not only hilariously funny...but underneath her raunchy humor, shes a down-to-earth sweetie-pie luv-bug! Dear Girls is her memoir - -non-fiction book for her fans - ( Im one of them), and anyone curious about her. Its written as a letter to her two young little girls....with instructions: NOT TOBE READ UNTIL AGE 21! I loved this book... I loved reading about Ali.....*everything Ali*!!!We learn about Alis upbr...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Let me tell you, it is such a relief to have a funny, well-written book from a comedian that I admire. Man, I've been burned so many times before with mediocre books from comedians, I barely dared to hope with this one. But Ali Wong really delivered. If you are a fan of Ali Wong, you will like this book. I pinky-swear promise. The beginning of the book is pure Ali Wong humor, and if you think think that means vagina and pubic hair jokes, you woul...
  • Lola
    This is just not my kind of funny.
  • Katie
    If you want to enjoy this book, don't read the last chapter. "First, do not read this book until you are over twenty-one. You should not be allowed to know these inappropriate things about me if you cant even buy beer yet." Dear Girls is about the messy parts of life, but ends up being a bit of a mess itself. Despite the rough bits, though, it's an enjoyable read. Once you get past the shaky opening chapters, stand-up and TV writer Ali Wong is as...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Wow! This is brave! This hilarious! I havent laughed so much since Ive seen my husband wear tights and thinks hes hottie in his Robin Hood costume for Halloween. (Of course the entire people who were passing through Hollywood Boulevard agreed with me with their howling laughs. Case closed!) Im a big fan of this evil genius and needs her own thrown at Comedy Kingdom. She is smart. She is relentless. She is ugly honest. She is so confident. She is ...
  • Mimi
    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...
  • Faye*
    Dear Ali Wong, it's not you, it's me. I saw an interview with you and thought you were funny. It turns out that your humour is not my humour. I'm really not picky when it comes to celebrity memoirs but this one was not for me.
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Was laughing out loud in my car listening to this on my commute. If you like Ali's stand up comedy specials, this is the book for you!
  • Bradley
    If any of you have enjoyed Ali Wong's stand-up, I'm sure you'll also enjoy this book. Brutal honesty, expose-all humor, and some heart mixed in with all the entrapment stuff that women are into. :)Of course, there's always a twist. This book is set up as a series of letters to her young daughters, but its kinda a gimmick. One that works, fortunately, by giving us a familiar outlet for her comedy. Some of the sets translate the same way from Baby ...
  • T
    (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 mu...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    3.5 starsIn a series of letters to her two daughters (who she says cannot read the book until they're at least twenty-one), stand up comic Ali Wong provides unfiltered advice on topics like motherhood, sex, and marriage.  She shares stories from her childhood, her early days in standup, her dating life, and how she met her husband.While it's a hilariously raunchy memoir for readers, I love that it's basically a cautionary tale for her daughters ...
  • Jess | thegreeneyedreader
    I really enjoyed this book. I laughed a lot, I cringed some, and teared up a bit during the afterward written by the authors husband. Definitely recommend! I really enjoyed this book. I laughed a lot, I cringed some, and teared up a bit during the afterward written by the author’s husband. Definitely recommend!
  • Meags
    4 StarsAli Wong is a force to be reckoned with. Her comedy is bawdy and no holds barred, often bordering on offensive when shes at her filthiest, but shes also so god damn genuine and unpretentious, completely unrepentant in the brutally honest way she talks about her relationships, sex, and the way she experiences the world around her.This memoir is delivered in a series of letters, written to her two little girls, offering personal stories and ...
  • Storme Reads A Lot
    Listen to this on audio because its so good. This book is great, gross, and generally gassy. Like Ali Wong has no filter. You get to her all about intimate details of her life and all the information she wants to pass onto her daughters. I was laughing at some parts and like oh my god too much information at others. Still, its really relatable when she talks about how gross being a parent is and like how you can use a c section as a way to get ou...
  • Krista Regester
    Some parts: GREATOther parts: What?Most parts: Meh.
  • Chihoe Ho
    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 th...
  • Kacey
    I really hope Ali Wong's daughters never actually read this, or they're going to be horrified.
  • Obsidian
    Not too much to say except I really loved this collection of essays by Ali Wong. I got to know a little bit more about her, her family, her husband, and how she started off in comedy. She manages to infuse her essays to her daughters with love, laughter, and sometimes tears. I did love how this collection ended with a letter from her husband to their daughters too. The family seems very tight-knit, slightly manic at times, but ready to pull a kni...
  • Trish
    I'll be clapping my hands in front of my face all day from now on. *lol* And I'm proud to say that according to Ali Wong's guide, we went to a top-notch authentic Chinese restaurant when we were in NYC. *beams*No, this book is not a very deep work of literary art. That, however, doesn't mean that it's not great. The author has a very down-to-earth style that made me like her two stand-up comedy programs on Netflix so much and she's using it to ta...
  • A
    This was a much more entertaining book than I thought it would be although I do feel like I should warn you that Ali has no filter whatsoever ;) if you are familiar with her work, maybe watched one of her Netflix specials, then you know what I am talking about if shes a new artist for you, then I would definitely recommend checking up her kind of humor online dont get me wrong, this book is so much more than just jokes and such, but when they app...
  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    Looking for a hilarious memoir to binge read? Look no further. I FLEW through Dear Girls, and laughed so hard while reading this hilarious novel by Ali Wong. To be honest, I havent seen many of the Netflix shows that she mentions, but after reading each chapter I feel that its my duty to binge watch them all now.Told with such hilarity and honesty, but also heartfelt as she explains everything to her two young girls from getting ready for a date,...
  • Patty Smith
    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 youve seen her Netflix movie Always Be M...
  • Arpita Shrivastava
    Dear Girls is a compilation of the letters written by an American actress, stand-up comedian, and writer Ali Wong to her young daughters Mari and Nikki. Her letters are about her life as a child and a teenager, her struggles as an aspiring stand-up comedian, advice for living best life, confessions, food, dating, education, family, how she met her husband and how much she is proud of her Vietnamese and Chinese heritage and hence requested her gir...
  • Taryn
    I suspect this book would be a huge hit with parents of small children. For me, it was just okay. Also, since I didn't see any reviews mention this, TW for miscarriage and pregnancy complications.
  • Jeanne
    OMG TMI DNFAs a fan of Ali Wong's comedy, I was looking forward to this audiobook. I was expecting something akin to a comedy performance. I was wrong. I found this book disgusting.