When I was eight months pregnant with my oldest child, I found myself in a unique position, down to just one public relations client, and caught up with planning a launch event, I had the chance to sit down and watch something on television (a perk of working from home, before kids). I came across an equally pregnant and petite woman. Ali Wong was doing stand-up comedy in a Netflix special entitled “Baby Cobra”. She looked ridiculous, wearing a tight, animal print dress, and what was coming out of her mouth was even more outrageous. She was just what I needed, and now she has a new book on the shelves.
Dear Girls is equally as raunchy as her act and will make mother’s laugh. Wong now has two children (like me) and her career is flourishing (not so much like me). She writes about her misadventures in dating (also relatable) and gives advice to her two daughters — that wouldn’t be suitable until they are 21; but also included in this vulgar memoir is a heartfelt prose to her Asian-American heritage, the obvious love and appreciation for her husband and family, and illustrated humor that surrounds being a pregnant person and giving birth. It all provides comfort to the reader.
While this book isn’t for the faint of heart (if you can’t handle afterbirth or bodily fluids talk, don’t read this) or the anti-feminist: Wong writes, “Females are just as funny, if not funnier, and definitely quirkier than men, especially in everyday life.” But she doesn’t need to explain it. Dear Girls solidifies Wong in the hilarious lady comedian category.
Her work ethic, with a healthy-balance of partying (and love for being a homebody now) and passion for dressing the family alike, is also relatable. Dear Girls also includes a guide to Asian restaurants, which comes in handy if you don’t already know how to spot good Pho.
Wong’s daughters may not want to read Dear Girls even once they are allowed to, it’s graphic and a little gross, but their mother’s advice — from cradle to wedding day prep, is invaluable. For the public (probably mostly women, mothers or mothers-to-be) it’s worth a read, and then hide it from your kids.