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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a Dumpster fire.

With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., "bitches gotta eat" blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making "adult" budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette - she's "35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something" - detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms - hang in there for the Costco loot - she's as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.

©2017 Samantha Irby (P)2017 Random House Audio

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The perfect balance of humour and pathos

I never wanted this book to end. There were several legitimate spit takes as I listened (coffee is my constant listening companion) and so many places where I absolutely connected with the anecdotes and found myself thinking "me too!" Thank God this woman and her perfect deadpan delivery exist and that she wrote this wonderful book. I will read or listen to anything she writes.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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The best

Literally so so funny, true and hilarious. Deeply touching and personal. Also just laughing out load through the whole thing. Thank you for this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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hilarious!

I laughed out loud multiple times throughout the book! highly recommend for those that don't get easily offended! she's real, she's honest and she's hilarious!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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There, But For The Grace Of God

This is the reality television of essay writing.

The author takes self deprecation to its extreme, so much so that it made me uncomfortable. I was looking for a companion to sit with me in my ivory tower (John Jeremiah Sullivan). Instead, I was pulled down to her painfully real version of modern day life, complete with spoken LOLs and emojis.

This book almost killed me.

I am saying this as a nearly-rabid fan of Mindy Kaling, who exposes the worst of herself as well, but does so in a way I find inexplicably charming. Irby shows off her grossness in the same way Sarah Silverman does in Bedwetter, but Silverman is proud of who she is, and doesn't suck the reader into a self-shame party.

This book is too real for me, and I see too many of my own bad qualities in Irby. I don't hate you, Author. And I don't think you're "literally the worst". I think you tried to self-satirize, in an effort to show me that it's okay to be me. But the "I hate myself", completely naked approach was too much for me.

I got it. I just can't defend it.

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Soda water forever

I laughed, I cried, I love Helen Keller. Seriously. I wish there were more authors like Irby.

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Queen

I love your words Samantha Irby. Thank you for spelling out your mother fucking truth. You give me courage and make me laugh. I'm so grateful for you. I'm sorry for all you've been through. I'm impressed with all you've become.

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Not a great voice, not a great story

I only got through a little bit before I knew it was not something worth my time. She's not funny she's obnoxious and rude didn't find one sentence that I felt I wanted to laugh at all. Not and ounce of class. Wish I could return the book.

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I missed the message

The story was hilarious but I couldn't stay focused because Samantha's voice tone was boring. I will read her other works. Also, I missed the overall point.

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lol'ing at my desk

I really enjoyed this book. I think even though Sam shares a lot of her unique experiences, it's totally relatable and I imagine many would find humor in her stories of sometimes just every day reality.

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Wanted to like it.

Maybe if someone else would have narrated it I could have enjoyed it? Unfortunately, the narration was mostly lifeless.