Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Page Count: 272 (Paperback)
From the Jacket:
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!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way too Many Emails, follows a group of friends as they attempt to plan a wedding and all of the craziness that goes along with that. I’ve been dying to read this one since I first heard about it on Bookstagram several months ago. It’s written in the epistolary style, which is one of my absolute favorites and such a fun and unique way to tell a story. The entire plot is conveyed through email, text messages, drawn maps, and even selfies (also drawn, which makes them downright hilarious). Hey Ladies is over the top in its ridiculousness, and is as equally hilarious as it is frustrating. The plot is addicting, racing from one outlandish thing to the next, and once I started I could not put it down. In an effort to keep track of all the characters, I flipped regularly to the back of the book to refer to this picture. However, the authors did a wonderful job giving each character a unique voice, and I was able to stop checking after the first couple of chapters.
Katie – Sweet and fun and completely wrapped up in her burgeoning love life. Katie is the kind of friend that asks if she can bring her new boyfriend to the destination bachelorette party.
Ali – The Queen B. She’s assertive in every aspect of the word and pulls the trigger on decisions her friends have been waffling on, often picking the most expensive option and then sending everyone a Venmo invoice. She means well, but her financial success makes her oblivious to the idea that money can be an obstacle for friends.
Gracie – The chillest one in the bunch. She’s got her own life, is rarely able to attend group functions, and almost never reads the mountain of emails that come in each day. I think I identified with her the most and also found her to be the most realistic.
Ashley – Poor Ashley is never around as she is currently teaching in Connecticut, where she gets shoddy wifi and is usually the last to find out about what the group has been up to. She pops in and out throughout the story with funny school anecdotes and brings welcome comedic relief when things get tense with the rest of the group.
Morgan – Lives in Brooklyn and is defined by living in Brooklyn and is always trying to convince her friends to come and visit her in Brooklyn. I’ve had friends that lived in Brooklyn and this is just too accurate. I love Morgan so much.
Nicole – She’s constantly broke but is always there for her friends and never wants to miss out on anything. Her email responses are the first to come in with an RSVP, but almost always begin with a plea for financial help.
Caitlin – Self-made health and lifestyle guru, the spirit in her salutes the spirit in you, and she’s ready to help you Caitlin Your LifeTM. She’s constantly changing her diet from one extreme to another and at one point refers to herself as celiac. The authors nailed the ridiculousness that can sometimes be social media, and I found Caitlin to be one of the funniest parts of the book.
Jen – Also known as Brad’s Jen (self-named). He’s the love of her life and all of her decisions are wrapped up in him…until they’re not. Her love hate struggle will give you whiplash and leave you in giggles.
This was just a delight to read and I highly recommend reading this one with your friends or bookclub.