Samantha Irby has not had the easiest life. With health problems and a rougher childhood than most, her start was survival. However, Samantha Irby has written one of the funniest books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Irby is best known for her blog Bitches Gotta Eat. Her new book
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life is a collection of essays on everything from her alcoholic father, to her dating life, all the way to her obsession with the Bachelorette. The essays leave you muffling your laughter so you don’t look like a crazy person.
First and foremost, Samantha Irby is not going to be every reader’s cup of tea, and that’s just fine. She admits to having once filled a swear jar at work by herself, if that is any indication. In short, if language offends, that’s going to be the least of your worries with We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.
Some of the funniest stories in the book are also the ones that will leave you wincing. On a semi-romantic trip to Nashville, Irby accidentally manages to sprinkle her father’s ashes into the wind and thus into her mouth. She navigates the difficult waters of what it means to date in a newer world, whether it’s the fantastically awful men she’s known or the wonderful woman she decided to marry.
If you’re open to reading about uncomfortable situations, can take a joke, and don’t mind a little language, do yourself a gigantic favor and read We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.