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"Robinson offers deft cultural criticism and hilarious personal anecdotes that will make readers laugh, cringe, and cry. Everything may indeed be trash but writing like this reminds us that we're gonna make it through all the terrible things with honesty, laughter, and faith." (Roxane Gay, New York Times best-selling author)

New York Times best-selling author and star of 2 Dope Queens Phoebe Robinson is back with a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and the dumpster fire that is our world.

Written in her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Robinson's latest collection is a call to arms. Outfitted with on-point pop culture references, these essays tackle a wide range of topics: giving feminism a tough-love talk on intersectionality, telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks, and calling foul on our culture's obsession with work. Robinson also gets personal, exploring money problems she's hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and definitely most important, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jeans size. She knows about trash because she sees it every day - and because she's seen roughly one hundred thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of Schindler's List.

With the intimate voice of a new best friend, Everything's Trash, But It's Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count.

©2018 Phoebe Robinson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Hilarious & Enlightening

Phoebe Robinson's perspective, personal experiences and hilarious voice grabbed my attention right away. I laughed out loud a lot whilst walking around and listening to this book. In such tumultuous times, that is a precious gift. Highly recommend!!

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Hmmm...I don't know what to tell you on this one

Well, I am at a loss here. I was eager to download this book, after I heard Phoebe interviewed on NPR the other day. I really enjoyed her first book, and expected more of the same. But that's not what I got. I'm not sure what I got - I did not recognize the language. This book made me feel so old, I just can't delete it fast enough! I read the other reviews, and people enjoyed this book, but I don't even know what it is about - every sentence was interupted with jibberish, hashtags and annoying cutesy abbreviations (abbrevs...) I like relatable stories written in English, with complete sentences and actual words - at least enough of this to catch my attention. I hope Phoebe's next book is more relatable (Yes, I'll give her another chance because she is talented and funny), but maybe she is writing for a very specific demographic. That's up to the author...

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great follow up

enjoyed the book and laughed my A off but a little heavy on the U2... lol

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Amazing book!

So epic! And amazing! Anybody who’s looking for a good read has found it! Learn from this and really listen, I’m a white guy, white people should read both of her books truly a voice in our generation that we should listen to (like all the Black Women we should be listening too)

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I couldn't finish it

I love supporting black writers, but I couldn't make it past chapter 3. The narrating and ultimately the writing just wasn't too irritating and felt jumpy. It was like having a bad one-sided conversation with someone you met at a bar. Not a fan.

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A very funny personal journey

Phoebe's story is a very funny personal journey that has some great insight into race and feminism (particularly where those things intersect), as well as being a relatable journey into adulthood, despite not being any sort of aspiring actor or writer myself. Phoebe reads her book with such energy that it feels more like a podcast than a book, so if you're someone who listens to humorous social observation podcasts, you'll probably enjoy her book.

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Loved every second

Phoebe is so funny and cleaver. I was so amused I literally lol more times than my coworkers were comfortable with. I loved the parts when she deviated from reading the book and gave side bars or laughed. Two books down and I hope many more to come.

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what kind of nonsense did I download

Just not my type of book, The abbreviations are a bit annoying to the point that every other sentence was interrupted with gibberish, hashtags and annoying abbreviations. And I should have known to wait to listen to it because there is not a lot of reviews on here.

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Too much "Trash" for me..

I loved Phoebe's Stand up show, her podcast and even her Instagram so I thought I would love her book read by her. But in all honesty, this book is making me less of a fan. I agree with most of what she says but I find her constant, subject changes, puns and abbreviations drove me nuts and I honestly felt like I just rather not hear what she had to say if I had to keep listening to her "Trash". At least she knows she is "Trash" and she is ok with using that as her "thing" I just realized with this book, that I can only truly love her in 15 second Instagram stories or when she shares the stage with someone else

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It was okay.

I struggled to finish the book. After a while it just sounded a bit redundant.

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  • Karla-Jayne Thomas
  • 10-21-18

Never disappointing

Phoebe RoRo does it again ie makes something I cannot stop listening to. Love the banter with #BritishBaekeOff too. She talks about serious and pervasive issues with the same hilarious prose as she covers lighter subjects, meaning there are many "hahaha...oh damn" moments which I incidentally live for.
Keep being great Phoebe. We're all here cheering you on!!

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  • Sarah
  • 12-19-18

Funny and thought provoking

Phoebe is thought provoking & hilarious. Didn’t want to stop listening. Can’t wait for her third book now.