Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best LifeAli 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 DadIn 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 DadsThe Sharp Insights And Humor Are Even 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 Ie 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 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. He d probably think I was some sort of magician with ancient powers, derived from behaving very well in a past life Or 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. He d probably think I was some sort of magician with ancient powers, derived from behaving very well in a past life Or a witch, I guess At the very least, he d definitely have the opposite opinion of all those jealous ass white male comedians who say things like People only like your comedy because you re female and a minority My grandpa would be like I can t believe people like your comedy You re a female and a minority I have heard of Ali Wong and have seen her referenced a few times, but have never seen any of her standup So needless to say, I was leary about reading a memoir about her This book was recommended to me by someone I trust or I would have never picked it up on my own I usually like memoirs or biographies by people in the twilight years of their lives or, better yet, dead I think that comes from being a completist I want the whole story, not just the first third of someone s life So here I am writing a review of a memoir by a woman in her 30s How extraordinary What isamazing is that I gave the book five stars How is this possible It is simply impossible not to Anyone who knows me well has heard my diatribe about movies billed as comedies It s not that I don t like to laugh I find life a series of comedic events, but I like comedy that occurs naturally, and comedic movies always come across as forced comedy, which ultimately starts to feel flat and fake I m soon wishing I d put in something like In Bruges, where a serious plot is frequently enlivened by comedic elements So what I m saying is that I m a terrible risk for a book like this Ali Wong chooses to write her book as a series of letters to her children The title reflects that, but my first reaction isI m a guy, so she isn t really interested in men reading this book Won t I feel like I m peeping in on revealing secrets not intended for me Of course, the whole idea of Ali Wong having a secret she hasn t revealed to the world is rather hilarious Though I do wonder what secret could possibly be so horrendously embarrassing that Wong would not use it for her stand up comedy routine So the title does throw me, but I quickly shake it off as I become caught up in her narrative It isn t long before I am thinkingdon t tell your daughters that My lifetime of brainwashed conditioning showing itself, sporting a wagging finger and disapproving look By the end of the book, I feel like Wong has taken a scrub brush of whitewash to those elements of my mind Full disclosure I did watch her ass wiggle as she scrubbed I would apologize, but then she d have to bring her scrub brush back to have another go Reading this book is going to make you uncomfortable It may even offend you, but keep reading because not only is it good to occasionally be uncomfortable, sometimes you also learn to reserve being offended for those things that most deserve it.I was about half way through the book when I decided to watch her Netflix special Baby Cobra I wanted to put together the Ali Wong being revealed to me in the book with the stand up comedian and found that the honest evaluation of her lusts, wants, and defects were syncopatico If there is pretense, it is well hidden.This woman is refreshingly uninhibited To some that might be code for rude, but it is hard to consider this level of truth to be rude While watching the special, I loved it when the camera would pan to the audience Those sideways looks that couples were giving each other, the hand to the face as someone laughed at something they found to be embarrassingly true, and as her husband describes it, laugh so hard you pee reactions. As compelling as it is to watch Ali s physical reactions, it was equally fascinating to watch the crowd If I ever attend one of her events, I d be tempted to spend the entire skit turned around, observing the crowd I sort of sprung Baby Cobra on my wife, no warning, no gentle explanations to prepare her for what she was about to see She is frequently a test subject to gauge normal reactions to abnormal conditions If I was laughing, I looked over at her so that I would laugh even harder She was one of those audience members with her hand over her face as she chuckled She laughed so hard at one time she had trouble breathing I didn t ask her if she had a pee reaction My wife never sweats, but insists she only glistens, so her admitting to any vulgar body reactions would be most unusual The book is hilarious, but it isthan that She talks a lot about the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to make it as a comedian She often performed several sets at comedy clubs after working all day She discusses the added hazard of being a female having to perform indives Can you imagine that walk from the club to her car in the early hours of the morning She believes that safety is one of the contributing factors as to why there are notfemale comedians She talks about her heritage and her relationship with her extended family Every immigrant family has an interesting story, and her parents are no exception She is half Vietnamese and half Chinese, and those two cultures may seem similar in the eyes of many, but they actually have vast differences in philosophical approaches to life Her husband is also half and half, and she describes their relationship as having theexact same amount of AsianThey were both raised as Americans, but their Asian roots heavily influence who they are Her husband writes an afterward, also addressed to their children, and he is pretty honest about his own personal journey dealing with being frequently the subject of his wife s comedy If she were making it all up or exaggerating the circumstances, that would certainly be less of a problem, but the issue, of course, is that she is sending arrows right into the bullseye I love what he says about her Asian cultures often teach us to be silent about our sexuality and filled with shame Your mother breaks that up and transmutes pain and shame into power, like a mystical priestess So as unlikely as I am to be an Ali Wong fan, I have to say it has happened Yes, this book is hilarious, but it also touches on serious issues and, for this reader, even proves to be an inspiration Keep chasing your dreams, work harder, and don t give up Few of us want to be as famous as Ali Wong, but most of us wish we could besuccessful at something we love to do Patience grasshopper Wax on Wax off I want to thank Mimi Chan of Goodreads and Random House for supplying me with an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at 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 would be 100% CORRECT.Ali Wong is purely who she is, a 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 would be 100% CORRECT.Ali Wong is purely who she is, and I love that about her I think people underestimate her though not so much any, thank you Always Be My Maybe , but she is one of the most honest, crassly amazing comedians out there I love that she is a parent now, and I related to her stories a ton, even though our upbringing was completely different I ate up the stories about how she met her husband and how he compared to the multitude of men she had dated in the past She gave me the intimate content I was craving, and, no, I don t mean of her sex life get your mind out of the gutter.The second half of the book was a bit less funny andof an exploration of her ethnic background, which I also enjoyed Ali Wong showed me a lot about who she is and where she is going, both in her own journey to learn about herself and with her comedy Sometimes, I think it s too early for a comedian to write a book, but with Ali Wong, it was just right Both funny and poignant, Ali Wong really nailed it with Dear Girls Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life Copy provided in exchange for an honest review goodreads instagram twitter blog I truly feared this book would be fluff Instead it is fearless and real Ali Wong says how we all feelI m not fineYet 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 she was pregnant After a while, I couldn t see my I truly feared this book would be fluff Instead it is fearless and real Ali Wong says how we all feelI m not fineYet 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 she was pregnant After a while, I couldn t see my vagina when I looked down, because all I could see was my belly But when I stared at myself in the mirror, my vagina just looked like an ancient wise Chinese man from a fairy tale that got stuck in a cave and survived off yams The hair was so damn long and neglected My nipples became progressively bigger and darker One day I noticed the tips were starting to look a little scaly and naturally rubbed them Some bits started to flake off like tiny brown boogers And I just sat on the bathroom floor completely naked, with a garbage can between my thighs, picking at my nipples Daddy walked in on me while I was completely focused on this important activity and asked , Are you harvesting your nipples I didn t even look at him and just responded, Well, obviously So many times I said YES I totally get that It wasn t just because we shared a common Asian experience but often because we shared a common human experience I applaud her courage in sharing so nakedly sometimes literally nakedly so be prepared for some frank language Asian women live forever and having kids is like a 401 k for companionship YES If a man rejects you once you ve physically made a move on him, he s not going to change his mind The dick don t lie. YES What I have in common with stay at home moms We are all just doing our best. YES 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. YES It broke my heart I said, This is torture I can t handle this anyYES The most important part of parenting, relationships, pretty much anything is just actually being there. YESA friend and I worried because in the intro Ali tries to set our expectations low about her writing But while her prose isn t exquisite in that way where you can rhapsodize over gloriously minute details, it is weighted with truth which far exceeded my expectations 5 stars P.S I have a secret hope that Ali and I are meant to be good friends, for her sister is also named Mimi and her best friend has half my name Miya But wait would that make me superfluous I am not too proud to be a 3rd Mimi My honest review was made possible by an Advanced Reader Copy thanks to Random House How dare this book not be in my hands immediatelyUPDATE The arc goddess is good to me. 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 themes of your specials but you poured your thoughts 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 themes of your specials but you poured your thoughts and emotions in this a lot , since you were really addressing your girls and not me.You made me even prouder of my Asian heritage To hear an empowered Asian person talk about her own experiences in our shared culture and tradition but also in the context of your unique life, provided me with so much appreciation and insight into my own Beyond the Asian experience, it applies to many of us all relationships, sexuality, marriage, family, workplace And this is why representation matters Because so many others of the same culture can relate to, but also these relatable human experiences are universal.Love you,Your new BFF Asian cultures often teach us to be silent about our sexuality and filled with shame Your mother breaks that up and transmutes pain and shame into power, like a mystical priestess Justin Hakuta, Ali Wong s husband biggest fan, describing Ali to their daughters in the Afterword.First of all, I want to give much thanks to Ali Wong Random House, I won an uncorrected proof copy of Dear Girls Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life through the publ Asian cultures often teach us to be silent about our sexuality and filled with shame Your mother breaks that up and transmutes pain and shame into power, like a mystical priestess Justin Hakuta, Ali Wong s husband biggest fan, describing Ali to their daughters in the Afterword.First of all, I want to give much thanks to Ali Wong Random House, I won an uncorrected proof copy of Dear Girls Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life through the publisher s contest I ve been a long time fan of Wong, and this book was going to be on My Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019 list, so I m ahead of the game I had so much fun reading this book Wong is so crazy, real, wild, and funny, she doesn t hold anything back in the book Although the book is written as a collection of letters to her young daughters, offering advices sharing her own personal experiences, there s definitely something for everyone So don t let the title, Dear Girls deter you from reading it Wong s had quite the interesting life experiences, which she GENEROUSLY OPENLY share many of them in the book Of course it s absurdly funny, but it s also surprisingly moving inspirational She not only covers her life experiences, but many topics, such as family, dating, marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, ridiculously competitive, challenging, and difficult comedic career, Hollywood industry, and life on the road, and trying to balance it allI don t want to divide the comedy into men vs women, white vs POC, and such, but I also want to shine light where it s due I always thought being comedian is one of the toughest jobs in Hollywood, not only because being funny bringing laughter to people is a very subjective matter, but there s just no shortcut to making it, especially being a woman woman of color I ve seen few live comedy shows, and the life of a comedian trying to make it is long, tough, unglamorous, and years of hard, underpaid work I always had a good laugh during the show, but when the show is over, I had times when I straight up just felt bad for them spending hours on their crafts, hustling so hard, driving to countless venues, and sleeping at the cheapest motels they can find And usually, the money doesn t correlate to the amount of effort work they put in and fame fortune only come to select few There are many funny Asian comedians out there, but for the longest time, Margaret Choi was the only Asian comedian I ve seen on TV big stages Shout out to Margaret Choi Wong doesn t forget to express appreciation for gratitude to her fellow comedians who ve paved the way helped her along the way, which I thought was super sweet respectful of her I hope to seecomedians of color getting the attention respect they deserve Comedians are some of the hardest smartest people in entertainment business, there s no denying that I admire her have so much respect for her She s worked so hard for everything, been in the game for a long time, and truly deserve all her success continual successes to comeIn this book, she opens up about her life from childhood to where she is today and many adventures experiences she s had in between Some of the stories she share are heartbreaking, downright crazy, and ridiculously hilarious This book feels like you re just having a conversation with her or watching her stand up comedy show It s not written in a chronological order, each chapter covers a specific topic tying it into her own personal stories It may have been that I read the uncorrected proof copy, but there were parts where the writing didn t flow well But you re not really reading it for good writing per say, but for the content of her story It s funny, brutally honest, explicit, and genuine, her personality voice really shines throughout the book Wong is unapologetically herself, real, and so Asian, I love it I do recommend that you don t read this while eating, you ll know why when you read it And she doesn t hold back with language content, so just be aware that may or may not be shocked at her openness But if you ve seen her stage ups, it shouldn t come as a surprise, LOL It s so awesome her husband wrote the Afterword, also as a letter form to their daughters I thought that was a very good idea to incorporate his voice to the book, giving him an opportunity to share his side of the story and professing his appreciation, love, and respect for his wife, her work, and mother of his children Highly recommend it, you ll be in for a crazy ride in the world of Ali Wong ..Expected release date October 15, 2019 This book of letters to Ali Wong s two daughters Mari and Nikki is amazing, hilarious, and insightful I thoroughly enjoyed every one of these letters, which were just like Ali s standup , sometimes crass and always funny You will giggle uncontrollably reading about her awesome life anecdotes Despite who she seems like on stage, Ali is incredibly wise, strong, independent, and thoughtful She reflects on her standup career, her culture, the struggles and joys of motherhood, why she loves and This book of letters to Ali Wong s two daughters Mari and Nikki is amazing, hilarious, and insightful I thoroughly enjoyed every one of these letters, which were just like Ali s standup , sometimes crass and always funny You will giggle uncontrollably reading about her awesome life anecdotes Despite who she seems like on stage, Ali is incredibly wise, strong, independent, and thoughtful She reflects on her standup career, her culture, the struggles and joys of motherhood, why she loves and admires her husband, and being a working mom I really admire her as a role model to young women, if not to teach them about which dumpy hippie white men to stay away from, then to teach them that it is okay and important to be absolutely fearless and confident in yourself Ali is unapologetically herself, and fundamentally, that lesson shines through the most in these essays Who cares about gaining ten pounds when you spend a semester in Hawaii eating the most delicious fattening Hawaiian food ever Who cares about being judged and criticized and undermined for being a funny female comic Who cares enough to be embarrassed by their bodily fluids Who cares about having a huge bush Not Ali She s proud as hell of it She gets her husband to trim it for her As a young woman, I love reading this I m not going to be the level of out there crazy that Ali is, but I m gonna try to embrace life the same way she does Life s too short to eat bad food, worry about being skinny, be embarrassed, or be intimidated Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for the ARC This hilarious, honest, and charming essay collection by comedian Ali Wong takes the form of letters to her daughters, who she warns against reading it until at least the age of twenty one I adore Ali Wong, and this book perfectly captures her sense of humor and ability to make light of the heaviest parts of life Stories of her wild youth had me crying with laughter, and tender passages about her husband and daughters made me just straight up cry Comedian, actress, screenwriter, producer, and This hilarious, honest, and charming essay collection by comedian Ali Wong takes the form of letters to her daughters, who she warns against reading it until at least the age of twenty one I adore Ali Wong, and this book perfectly captures her sense of humor and ability to make light of the heaviest parts of life Stories of her wild youth had me crying with laughter, and tender passages about her husband and daughters made me just straight up cry Comedian, actress, screenwriter, producer, and now nonfiction author she s unbelievably talented, and I m so glad she chose to share Dear Girls with us Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review 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 much love for the titular girls There are so many e 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 much love for the titular girls There are so many extremely gross and hilarious stories about giving birth and babies and childcareand then in the husband s chapter there s a brief throwaway mention of the girls Ukrainian nanny who is not mentioned even once in the rest of the book and I was just like hmm Okay So I get that if you are Ali Wong, discussing your nanny who you were able to hire because, again, you re rich disrupts the narrative that you re just like the rest of us with career insecurities and family struggles and whatever And I understand that it s difficult to walk the line of maintaining the authentic, crassly down to earth voice that s made you famous but also now you re famous Still, it really made me re think the whole book, and the clearly strategic choice to leave out discussion of the nanny Somewhere during the many paragraphs where she s lauding her husband for somehow managing to co parent their children despite having a job, she couldn t have thrown in a little bit of gratitude for the woman whose job it is to care for their children It left a bad taste in my mouth and I knocked off a star because of it I really enjoyed reading Ali Wong s book Dear Girls She wrote these letters to her daughters giving them advice about everything they would possibly have questions about when growing up Ali gives us her signature humor and craziness She details some funny memories that she had to go through to make her the person she is today And trust me she has some good stories to share.If you like reading about a real and honest woman, then you will enjoy this book The hilarious Ali Wong is herself th I really enjoyed reading Ali Wong s book Dear Girls She wrote these letters to her daughters giving them advice about everything they would possibly have questions about when growing up Ali gives us her signature humor and craziness She details some funny memories that she had to go through to make her the person she is today And trust me she has some good stories to share.If you like reading about a real and honest woman, then you will enjoy this book The hilarious Ali Wong is herself through and through and tells it like it is Thank you to her parents for teaching her how to be blunt and to the point Her personality is unique and shines through.Besides just being a fun read it was insightful and heartfelt You can tell that her family means the world to her You always hear about celebrities changing or forgetting where they came from and that is not the case with Ali I learned so much about her culture and upbringing I learned about her crush on DJ s and so much .Overall, I liked Dear Girls because it made me laugh the whole way throuh Mari and Nikki are lucky to have an open and honest mom like Ali

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life
  • Ali Wong
  • English
  • 18 April 2018
  • 052550883X