Title: Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails
Authors: Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss
Illustrator: Carolyn Bahar
Original Publication Date: May 01, 2018
Genre(s): Fiction, Humor, Chick Lit
Goodreads Synopsis: “Based on the column of the same name that appeared in The Toast, Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to man.
The women in the book are stand-ins for annoying friends that we all have. There’s Nicole, who’s always broke and tries to pay for things in Forever21 gift cards. There’s Katie, the self-important budding journalist, who thinks a retweet and a byline are the same thing. And there’s Jen, the DIY suburban bride-to-be. With a perfectly pitched sardonic tone, Hey Ladies! will have you cringing and laughing as you recognize your own friends, and even yourself.”
Hey Ladies! was such a fun book! The best part was the illustration of all the characters on the very first page. I didn’t have to imagine how anyone looked because I already knew! There were also Pinterest board screenshots and selfie illustrations embedded in their back and forth e-mails– this just added so much spunk! My heart jumped every time I saw one, seriously, that’s how happy they made me.
I was laughing my booty off all throughout and, I honestly loved all the girls. They may have been annoying but, they were always there for each other when it was important. Gracie was my least favorite– she was super flaky and my most favorite was Allie, even if I’m in the minority with that opinion. She’s the kind of friend I would want.
Every page is an e-mail from one of the girls, sometimes there are texts, and other times, Jen’s mom is included, too. I was such a fan of this format but, it’s hard not getting to actually read about the events. We just get the “that was so much fun last night” e-mails. I wanted to know more about what happened…
If anyone says they hated this book, they’re lying! Just because it’s a pointless read doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good one.
Dates Read: Oct. 03-Oct. 06, 2019
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
“The only time you should text a man first is never. —Ice Queens Melt Hearts“
“I know the holidays can be a very stressful time — people tend to take stock of where they are in life vs. where they thought they might be. That disconnect can be really painful.”