Book Review: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

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.

Title: Dear Girls
Author: Ali Wong
Published by: Random House
Publication date: October 15th, 2019
Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Entertainment, Humor


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 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. 


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! 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

What do you think about Dear Girls? Are you going to give it a read? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

All my love, always



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