Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby
My introduction to Samantha Irby was her essay collection We Are Never Meeting in Real Life (read my review here). I’d heard that it was hilarious and heartfelt but honestly, I never expected to sob! She shared tragic and often embarrassing stories from her life with the perfect balance of honesty and humor.
In Wow, No Thank You. Irby delivers more hilarious and relatable stories of her life with a focus on aging. She’s now forty, married with stepchildren, questioning things like home ownership, and uses an entire day to prepare to leave the house for a night out.
In girls gone mild, readers learn the hours of preparation that go into a night out:
“I used to party a lot. The only reason I stopped it because I got too old to do it right.”
“5:00 p.m.: it’s put-up-or-shut-up-time.
This is the absolutely latest I can cancel without pissing off my friends…
If I’ve put on a real bra and you pick up the phone to tell me some shit about a headache, I’ll meet you at the club with some Excedrin, bitch.”*
In hung up! she muses on technology in a satirical and completely relatable way.
late- 1900s time capsule is my favorite essay in the collection! Irby reminisces on the music of her youth and gives her readers a special ‘90s mixtape complete with the personal reason behind each selection.
“Mixtapes were the love language of my youth. If you got one from me, that shit was as serious as a marriage proposal.”*
love and marriage is a hilarious Q+A where Irby answers relationship questions and delivers gems like this: “I have to get over myself and let go of young-person shit that is irritating to me. If I’m too old for it, I don’t give a shit about it.”*
lesbian bed death is a long list of “Sure, sex is fun, but have you….” and I felt some of these deep in my soul.
Irby also shares her time writing the pilot/pitching her memoir Meaty for TV, and the summer she spent in California writing for Lindy West’s hulu series (adapted from her book of the same title) Shrill.
Wow, No Thank You. is another strong essay collection full of heart and humor that are at times gross and almost always relatable.
I recommend these essays to readers who love humor, personal essays, and memoir.
Thanks to Vintage and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Wow, No Thank You. is scheduled for release on March 31, 2020.
*Quotes included are from a digital advanced reader’s copy and are subject to change upon final publication.