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    Love her acting & comedy specials

    I’ve watched Ali Wong’s comedy specials, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, and I love whenever she’s on American Housewife. In the third season of American Housewife, Wong has had even more screen time then just during second breakfast, and I was so happy. I laughed so hard during her comedy specials and often chuckle when she’s in American Housewife, so I was really disappointed that her book was not more funny to me. I think for me to enjoy her humor I need to see her performing it. Her facial expressions, her tone of voice, and how she gestures wildly towards her private parts really adds to the comedy. In the book she mentions numerous times how she would bend over and moon the audience. You just don’t get the same visuals reading a book as you do watching the performance. And the end chapter by her husband really left a bad taste in my mouth, which is a horrible last impression for a book. He goes on about how much he is doing for their children and sacrificing for Wong to be able to do her job. Even typing this, I’m shaking my head in annoyance. Now with all that negative feedback, if you like Ali Wong, I still think you should read the book. Maybe you’ll find it funnier than I did, and learning about her life and the struggles she had to go through to make it, was very interesting.
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    If you like her stand up, you'll love this

    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 you’ve seen her Netflix movie “Always Be My Maybe”. The movie where the meme with Keanu Reeves went viral. If you haven’t seen it, google it - and you’re welcome. She has written a book in the style of letters to her daughters. Each chapter has cute headings like “How I Trapped Your Father” and “A Guide To Asian Restaurants”. But if you think that she has toned down her language, she hasn’t. This is on-brand Ali Wong. Be prepared for a crass, dirty, vulgar style that she is known for. It is very similar to her stand up. If you enjoy her comedy routines you will love this book. If not, maybe watch a special before buying this one. I am a bit in the middle with this one. It was okay, there were some funny parts, some cringe-worthy parts and some yawnable moments. You get some real moments, but not enough. It would have helped me feel more connected to the book had we had more realness. It seemed distant in some ways. I think if you love her humor, you will find lots to laugh at. I’m not in love with potty humor so sometimes I felt like really, again? I understand why she makes those choices, but I don’t like it in men any more than I do in women. I’m not offended that a woman is saying these things. I just am not a big fan. I was still left wanting more after reading this book. I don’t think you get to know her any better from the book, than what you see up on stage. She says herself the those are just caricatures of real people. So I felt like I was reading a caricature of Ali Wong. Not getting to really know her. The most personal moment in the book is the letter her husband writes in the afterwards. There are some funny parts, but it isn’t laugh out loud, hilarious all the way through. As I said, maybe her fans will really love it. Just okay for me.
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