Date Published: October 18, 2018
Source: RB Digitial
Read: December 27-28, 2018
Winter COYER's Read All the Books Read-a-thon
Wouldn't it be great if life came with an instruction manual? Of course, but like access to Michael B. Jordan's house, none of us are getting any. Thankfully, Phoebe Robinson is ready to share everything she's experienced in hopes that if you can laugh at her topsy-turvy life, you can laugh at your own.
Written in her trademark unfiltered and singularly witty style, Robinson's latest essay collection is a call to arms. She tackles a wide range of topics, such as giving feminism a tough love talk in hopes it can become more intersectional; telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks; and demanding that toxic masculinity close its mouth and legs (enough with the manspreading already!), and get out of the way so true progress can happen.
Robinson also gets personal, exploring debt she has hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and maybe most importantly, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jean size. She knows about trash not only because she sees it every day, but also because she's seen about one hundred thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of Schindler's List.
Everything's Trash, But It's Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count, as well as an intimate conversation with a new best friend.
Even better than the first book. I think to really get Robinson's tone, the reader should opt for the audiobook, especially for the part with her boyfriend (codename: "British Bake Off"). She is funnier in this one and also much more honest. I think the best parts of the book is when she recounts the times she met Bono of U2 and how she got into a ton of debt and how she worked herself out of that debt. Still there are a lot of tangents, but they are not as interfering in the audiobook as it was reading her first book. Overall, I am so glad a talent like Robinson is getting attention for both her writing and her comedy. She is a seriously funny and fresh voice.