Title: Wow, No Thank You
Author: Samantha Irby
Genre: Memoir, Humour
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 2nd April 2020
Staring down the barrel of her fortieth year, Samantha Irby is confronting the ways her life has changed since the days she could work a full 11 hour shift on 4 hours of sleep, change her shoes and put mascara on in the back of a moving cab and go from drinks to dinner to the club without a second thought. Recently, things are more ‘Girls Gone Mild.’ In Wow, No Thank You Irby discusses the actual nightmare of living in a rural idyll, weighs in on body negativity (loving yourself is a full-time job with shitty benefits) and poses the essential question: Sure sex is fun but have you ever googled a popular meme?
I loved We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Irby so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Wow, No Thank You and it was just as good as I’d hoped! Samantha Irby is an American comedian who writes about her life, pop culture and pretty much anything else in such a direct and often hilarious manner. She doesn’t hold anything back and says the things we often think but don’t put into words due to self consciousness or other concerns. She talks about her life, her relationships and her body with an acerbic and humorous wit that makes you basically just want to be her friend.
I especially appreciate reading about Irby’s chronic health issues because it’s something similar to what I have to deal and often struggle with. It is rare to hear certain topics like some health conditions discussed in such a funny and honest way which brings a sense of commonality and comfort. However, even when the essay subject is something I can’t directly relate to like marriage or getting closer to being 40, it doesn’t make that essay any less relatable and enjoyable to read. I laughed out loud so many times which is really needed in these very difficult times for everyone. If you are looking for a book to take you out of the depressing news at the moment and just make you snort with laughter then I hugely recommend Wow, No Thank You! Plus – that rabbit on the cover may be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!
I received this e-arc through Netgalley. My review is my own honest opinion.