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Why Girls Are Weird: A Novel Paperback – July 1, 2003
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Those of us who have been following pamie.com for some time have known that Pamela Ribon is a talented writer. She'll make you laugh until your sides ache, and then she'll turn around and break your heart and leave you trying to wipe the tears out of your eyes before the person in the cube across from yours realizes you're crying. So when I heard she had written a book, I couldn't wait to read it.
Once I actually got my hands on the book, I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting, and I was again reminded of why she's one of my favorite writers.
This is a terrifically crafted story. While it may appeal to the same demographic as Bridget Jones, don't be fooled into thinking it's another knock off. Reading this book was like hanging out with your best friend and getting to read her journal all at the same time. It's funny, it's touching, and it has a lot of heart.
Girls - this should be required reading. You should buy this book just for the piece on "How to Fake a Football Orgasm" alone (if I'd read that before last year's football season I might have saved a relationship). Guys, if you want to know how to get to us - read this book.
The bad: if you've read her website (pamie.com), you've already read many of these jokes. There's lots of new stuff...but I found myself skimming over a fair amount of material that I'd read before years earlier. My girlfriend thought the entire book was drop-dead funny from start to finish and I was painfully jealous that I couldn't have the same reaction since many of the bits were old hat to me already.
the good: The author has keen observations about modern dating and the relationships (romantic or platonic) that spawn from the internet. In some ways, it could be read as a cautionary tale about who is online. Through her web-site, the main character (Anna) attracts legions of readers, including an ex of her ex-boyfriend, a moderately disturbed girl who seems obsessed with Anna and another who, infatuated with Anna's description of her old boyfriend, sets out to make him her own.
Some of the funniest and best written parts of the book are the chain of flirting emails between Anna and a boy who lives far way that she's falling in love with. This might be the best romantic comedy dialogue (OK, truthfully it's correspondence, but it packs the emotional intensity of dialogue) that's been seen in years. This is where Why Girls are Weird really shines. The rhythm and dynamic of email relationships as presented here ring true and I don't think anyone has ever captured this in print quite so well.
For the first 100 pages or so, I found Anna depressed, slightly mean-spirited and rather unlikeable. The junkies in Trainspotting seem warm and compassionate by comparison to Anna in the first third of this book.Read more ›
1 -- The narrative voice of Anna K. is not the whiny simpering heroine of most. Sure she has man trouble and body issues, but hers is the voice of the smart girl. The girl who doesn't necessarily wholeheartedly embrace part and parcle the girlishness being a girl, but still remains firmly feminine. She is what I would want my daughter to be. Thoughtful and introspective, even when girly or man-crazy.
2 -- Ribon is funny. She has funny-chops the likes of which I haven't come across in a while. I discovered her website after reading the book and am very glad to have more of her to read. Ribon should be taking the SNL or Friends writing room by storm and kicking out the hacks, if there is any justice in the world for funny women.
Why Girls Are Weird will make you feel cuddly and empowered at the same time. And that's a rare feat.
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Made me laugh out loud in the first few pages. Very relatable and hilarious.Published 6 months ago by J. Wolf
This is one of those books that sticks with you, even though it is chick-lit. It started out so innocent. Start a blog and write. Read morePublished 11 months ago by N. N. Light
A few laugh out loud moments. Some boring parts. Very quick read. Is recommend for someone who wants something for a plane or maybe sitting by the pool or at the beach.Published 20 months ago by Reading Machine
This was great because it covered online relationships, websites that too many people read, and awesome realistic interaction between characters. :)Published 23 months ago by Swank Ivy
I absolutely love Pamela Ribon, and it upsets me that she doesn't have the popularity that she deserves in the book-writing-fiction-sphere, because she deserves it. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by S. Shamma
I adore Pam Ribon from her blogging (oops, way back then it was "online journalling") days and just love how this book distills the fun, wit, and that magic little ingredient which... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Danae Savitri
I started reading Why Girls Are Weird this morning and I literally could not stop reading this book! Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by sillyramone
This was an unexpected find for me. I thoroughly enjoyed Anna K and her life. I was sad to see for it to be over.
Take the chance, read it. It's really, laugh out loud funny.
This book is the story of Anna Koval, a librarian who plays around with HTML who creates a web journal that initially was just for her friend, Her entries are almost always... Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Kat