Book Review: Dear Girls

I thoroughly enjoyed both of Ali Wong’s comedy specials and adored Always Be My Maybe. She’s not afraid to be raunchy while still embracing the epitome of femininity. I watch her comedy and I see a woman with layers: she rocks a tight dress like a sexpot but wears glasses; she jokes about her husband but hides her daughters’ faces on social media; she’s all-American but flaunts her Asian heritage. She refuses to be placed in a single box. GOOD. So few of us are one dimensional; yet, the norm is to show one side of yourself and fully own that part of your personality because it’s easier and more comfortable if you’re definable. Wong embraces all sides of herself and I love that.

All this to say I’m a fan of Ali Wong so I had a feeling I’d like her book. I was right. If I like her approach to life, it stands to reason that I’d enjoy this collection of personal essays that are “Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life.” She seems to have done life right so I’ll take her advice, written as letters to her daughters, who seem to be a driving force in her life. She’s a mom, but this is not a “mom book.”

4 out of 5 stars.

Pair with: Ice cold beer, poured into a cup, outside