Release date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Chick Lit
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.
Every time I read a espitolary style book I always think about how fun it is and how I wish there were more novels written in this style. I think part of the appeal for me is that I feel like I’m getting a secret look at a side of people’s normally private life. This is told solely via emails and texts and even though I know these are fictional characters I still love the intimacy this structure creates, it feels voyeuristic in a super fun way and I always end up binge reading these books in one sitting.
I want to make it clear that this isn’t a book to be taken seriously at all, the characters are over the top outrageous and their antics and behaviors make them seem almost caricature like. There is no depth here, it’s silly and hilarious and totally bonkers in the best possible way. These women are the type you love to hate, you wanna smack them upside the head often but you also cannot stop reading, I honestly enjoyed it SO much and if you like espitolary novels you have got to give this a shot, seriously laugh out loud funny!
Hey Ladies! in three words: Silly, Outlandish and Wild.
Overall rating: 4/5