Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Memoir essays are hit or miss for me, I can’t say that I always like the genre but I still like to give these books a try every now and again. Especially since this one was on last year’s Goodreads Choice Awards.
I had not heard of Samantha Irby before reading this book, so I came into it knowing nothing of her writing style and it took me a little while to get into her humor. All of the essays are well written and thought-provoking, but I didn’t find many of them humorous until I was a ways into the book. The funniest essay was her story about her cat trying to eat her dildo. I literally laughed out loud when reading it.
The essay I loved the most was the one titled “I’m in love and it’s boring.” I really enjoyed all of what she said on dating, and on her marriage. Irby is real and I enjoyed that a lot. I loved reading about the relationship experiences of a bisexual woman. I don’t often find books written by bisexual women, its something I hope to see more of in the future!
In the end I gave We Are Never Meeting In Real Life four stars on Goodreads. I would definitely read more by Irby in the future.