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Everything's Trash, But It's Okay

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,832 ratings  ·  235 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author and star of 2 Dope Queens , Phoebe Robinson, comes a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and a world that seems to always be a self-starting Dumpster fire.

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 getti
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Plume Books
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Roxane
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phoebe Robinson brings her infectious charm and utterly delightful sense of humor to her second essay collection, Everything’s Trash But That’s Okay. From body image to contemporary feminism to our culture of overwork, Robinson offers deft cultural criticism and hilarious personal anecdotes that will make readers laugh, cringe, and cry. Everything may indeed be trash but writing like this reminds us that we’re gonna make it through all the terrible things with honesty, laughter, and faith.

It’s
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Carmen
Anyway, as I was saying, women are conditioned to waste hours, days, weeks, months (although, truth be told, it's most likely years) doubting, undermining, and ultimately hating parts, if not all, of themselves based solely on "problems" with their bodies that can be solved by buying products from an industry that invented these problems in the first place. How fucking convenient. And when all is said and done, what is the prize for this self-torture? Fitting neatly within society's destructive ...more
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I mean, there was no way I wasn't going to read this. Even if Phoebe Robinson of YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR fame hadn't wrote it, I would have picked it up anyway because it has 'trash' in the title. What kind of Trash Queen would I be if I didn't read a book that professes the solemn doctrine I hold so dear: that everything is garbage, and it's up to you to embrace the dumpster life because #traaaay (as in, trashy-slay). OF COURSE.



EVERYTHING'
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Eilonwy
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Eilonwy by: Carmen
First thing I've got to say is, my review will be pathetic. So go read Carmen's brilliant review which got me to immediately put a hold on this. I've heard of the 2 Dope Queens podcast, but never listened to it. (I may have to rectify that.) So I had to look Phoebe Robinson up when I saw Carmen's glowing review. Phoebe turns out to be from the same corner of Ohio as me, one county over, which extra sealed my having to read this book. And I'm really glad I did.

It covers a range of topics: Weight
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Didi
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like to read humorous essays
Really good read. Check out my review video by clicking the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unrfq...
Robin Bonne
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. This lives up to hype. Phoebe Robinson delivered the fun, humorous, enlightening essays that I was expecting. I think her talent as a writer has grown more solid and mature. I honestly found myself enjoying this collection of essays more than her previous book, which I enjoyed quite a bit.

I have been wanting to read this for months, ever since I saw the cover uploaded to Goodreads, and am very happy to have been granted an ARC from the publisher. A part of me is disappointed that I
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BookOfCinz
Everything's Trash, But It's Okay really delivered on so many levels. Phoebe isn't afraid to go there and talk about the really trivial things to the downright TRASH! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I found myself laughing out loud, getting enraged, nodding my head in agreement, crying (yes- I cried) and screaming "Hellz Nah!". I went through a rage of emotions while reading this book and even though a lot of things are trash, Phoebe really made me feel like its okay.

I didn't expect t
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Hayley
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok


This gif will make sense in a second, okay? It is relly rell (relevant).

I wanted so badly to love this as much as I loved Robinson's debut! However, I am An Old, because a book that is rife with Robinson's signature stand-up style of phrases like "sosh meeds" written as such instead of social media, I just cannot hang. This book would, I imagine, be HILARIOUS as an audiobook read by the author, or as a standup monologue, but my brain is too tired by the end of the night to parse out Robinson's u
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Stella
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this entire book with Phoebe Robinson's voice in my head. From her deep dive into her trouble with feminism (I feel you, girl) to her deep and abiding love for Bono, Phoebe is hilarious, insightful, talented and real. She's a real person with real feeling about real things. She's not afraid to be honest.

This book is much needed in this current climate.

Also, Phoebe - Let's be friends because of many reasons, but mainly because "Ugh, but lol" is the perfect epitaph for my future gravestone
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Chinook
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: america, audiobook
This is solidly interesting because Phoebe is funny andnshe does a good audiobook reading. But I didn’t love it as much as her first book, except maybe the addendum, which is super sweet and adorable as she talks about how she met her bae and he chimes in as well.
Barbara
I so adored her first book, but I can’t recommend this one. Bummed because I enjoy her podcasts and body of work and preordered this book anticipating a fun, insightful read.
lit.erary.britt
I have to admit I’ve never listened to “2 Dope Queens” (only because I don’t listen any podcasts), but I enjoyed Robinson’s first book You Can’t Touch My Hair, so I snatched this one up on pub day. I admire a smart, strong, funny woman who isn’t afraid to share personal stories, but will also broach important societal issues. This essay collection is a good mix. Robinson’s boisterous personality and comical narration is an entertaining audio experience.
chantel nouseforaname
So much better than her first book. Yo I closed Everything Is Trash, laughed, whooped and high-fived the air like she was in the room with me!!!

Phoebe Robinson is funny. Bruh, if you had asked me if I thought she was funny when I read her first book.. you would have gotten all my side-eye.. you can read my review for the first book on here.. but real talks - I have a change of heart! She has definitely upped her game with Everything Is Trash! The truth just poured out of her and it was like sw
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS
Georgette
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, humor
Hilarious. Perfect thing to read with the holidays on our heels. Holidays in retail are not great fun but reading this helps!
Sara
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Loved the chapter on feminisms, but otherwise only okay. The first book was much better.
Stephanie
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs, dnf, hard-to-rate
I really feel like Everything's Trash, But it's Okay by Phoebe Robinson just was not for me. And I really can't tell whether the book is very good because I just couldn't get past Robinosn's writing style. I've read a few reviews that suggest listening to the audiobook is better, but when it comes to the book I found that I just couldn't stand Robinson's constant asides, derailing her commentary into a long tangent about nothing in particular and nothing of import.

Ironically, the introduction to
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Stacy
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite thing about Phoebe Robinson's writing is that I can't read it without hearing her voice in my head. After listening her friendly and hilarious voice on her 2 Dope Queens and Soooo Many White Guys podcasts for the last few years, this compilations of essays (along with her first book released in 2016) are the perfect extension of her craft. If you're already a fan of Phoebe's, this book is positive, real, and hilarious must read.
Olivia
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
More than a few laugh out loud moments in here. And more than a few #YQY moments.
Gwen
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook read by Phoebe was gold. I've started abrev-ing, and using millenial phrases like "my bae" and "cuz I'm basic". She makes me so happy.
Ms. Mester
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic
Definitely get the audio, her asides are often even funnier than the book and #BritishBaekoff co-narrates the addendum with her. As before her essays are uneven but the overall experience is enjoyable
Mark Ballinger
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: essay
The essays are good. Her story of a financial hole and how she got there is pretty important. But, so often the message is buried in irritating fake hashtags, fake urls, and strained cultural references.

Take this example, where she's writing about feminism and intersectionality: "part of the reason these growing pains aren't entirely apparent to all feminists is because they're hidden underneath feel-good decorations the way I'd cover a wine stain on a couch cushion by using my Nicki Minaj 'Mil
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Natalie
Nov 24, 2018 added it
Shelves: nonfiction
A funny, thoughtful, and sharp collection of essays on (if occasionally a little prone to tangents or overextended metaphors) that deftly tackle topics from body image to modern dating to feminism, ideal for dipping in and out of on a trip or with a mug of tea and some excellent snacks.
Ofilia
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
This book made me laugh out loud twice while on a plane in the middle seat. I'm pretty sure the two people on either side of me thought I was nuts. Robinson uses her trademark voice and humor to discuss various issues of the day from politics, to dating to money. Part memoir, part self-help book, Robinson assures her readers that at the end of the day we are going to be ok and that's always nice to hear.
Gabrielle
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Started off 💯 ended ho hum but I think that is to do with how I have a icy heart and don’t want to read about people finding love through cute meets.

She’s still a queen and I want two dope queens to podcast forever.
Libby Chennell
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud, I questioned my previous beliefs about feminism and my role as a white woman in it (had to pause the audio to take notes and reflect on my instant, uncensored reactions to what she had to say- and wow, the result was not what I wanted it to be- so had to listen a second time to the feminism chapter to really ensure it was sinking in). I applaud Phoebe for producing one thing that makes me laugh so hard and think deeply at the same time. I still my not agree with her 100% on e ...more
Sarah Aldridge
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Essays and books by women who are comedians will always be my favorite guilty pleasure reads (so not that guilt after all). I can’t tell you how many times I found myself cackling on the bus & metro while reading this, and how “one more chapter” kept turning into two and three more chapters, despite being exhausted from work. Robinson has such a fun and unique voice, and is able to describe her experiences with body imagine, sexism, dating, and meeting U2 (jealous, I know) in ways that are r ...more
Lindsay
Dec 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is literally the worst "book" I have ever "read"; "book" meaning "is it really a book if it's so incomprehensible that it might actually be making me illiterate in my attempt to read it?" and "read" meaning I tried on three separate occasions to get through it and the furthest I ever made was around page 18. If I could get a refund, and damages for lost time and brain cells spent on this mess, I would.
Hilary Land
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hey Booboos! This was a very funny audio book and I snorted on the subway a few too many times. As Ilana Glazer writes in the foreward, Phoebe's relationship with language is extraordinary. I got lost in a few tangents but it was worth it for the "lol.coms" I found this book had a great deal of depth, particularly in her chapter on feminism and Im still a big fan of the Phoebs. I'm glad she is seeing success and that she is continuing to make us laugh (and think).
Shoshana Frank
Phoebe Robinson’s hilarious new sophomore book is stand-up comedy at its best. Robinson’s self-narration is an outstanding element of the story; she brings such energy to the words. Filled with pop culture references, acronyms, and hashtags, Robinson’s fast-paced essays on American society is an antidote to modern woes; especially for a generation that is struggling with extreme disappointments and alarming changes at an ever increasing rate. Robinson attacks preconceived notions about race, fem ...more
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PHOEBE ROBINSON is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress whom Vulture.com, Essence, and Esquire have named one of the top comedians to watch. She has appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and Last Call with Carson Daly; TBS's Conan, Comedy Central’s Broad City, and @midnight with Chris Hardwick; as well recently landing a recurring role on the new Jill Soloway show for Amazon I Love Dic ...more
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