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Everything's Trash, But It's Okay

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  458 Ratings  ·  72 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Plume Books
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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.

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:
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
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
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
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.
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
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Loved the chapter on feminisms, but otherwise only okay. The first book was much better.
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.
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
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
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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Two Dope Queens natch, but also anyone who likes standup and great storytelling
Hilarious storytelling as expected, full of Phoebe's signature "abrevs aka abbreviations," metaphors taken to their creative extremes and beyond, hashtags, tangents upon tangents and liberally sprinkled with her contagious giggle. With a bonus adorbs cameo from the bf she nicknames British Bakeoff co-telling the story of how they met. Which of course involves U2, because of course, heehee!
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Phoebe does not disappoint! It was a treat to listen to her read this book. While her stories of Hollywood are fun, I really appreciated her candor about her money struggles and addiction to overworking and there consequences her life. Can’t wait for the next one!
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).
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobooks
I read the audiobook and would recommend it, I think it better captures her style which often involves a lot of tangents and jokes within jokes (like little Robinson nesting jokes). My favorite was the chapter, "Feminism, I Was Rooting for You; We Were All Rooting for You."
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I'm trash for Phoebe Robinson. I love everything she creates & this is no exception.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Didn’t love quite as much as her first book, but still laugh-out-loud funny!
Bri Little
4.25 stars, review to come :)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, this book blew me away! I read and enjoyed Phoebe Robinson's other book, You Can't Touch My Hair, when it first came out. but this book was a whole level above her last book. I think her writing has gotten better and I had the joy of listening to her narrate this on Audible. Phoebe is most well known for her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, which I must confess I've never actually listened to, but it makes sense that she would make a great narrator.

My first thought when I started listening was tha
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october
"We are stronger, smarter, and braver than we realize, and when we're deep in the weeds, we can override our trash instincts and help advance society further. And even in those moments when it appears that we've made less than honorable decisions (ahem, the election of Donald Drumpf), the push-back (the 2017 Women's March) has, time and time again served as a reminder that everything will be okay."

"Throughout this book, let's acknowledge all the trash that's surrounding us (literal littler and a
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
CBR 10 BINGO Square: Underrepresented

Best for: People who like personal essays and also Ms. Robinson’s style of humor (e.g., loads of hashtags)

In a nutshell: In the follow-up to her first collection of essays, Ms. Robinson shares more of the serious aspects of her personal life (including her financial challenges, her experience with interracial relationships, and the failures of feminism) while also telling hilarious stories about meeting Oprah and Bono (not at the same time, but could you even
I adore Phoebe and wish that she was someone I knew IRL. Her second collection of essays show a more open, honest and maturing version of the author/comedienne. It’s nice to see someone who has struggled, find their way to success. Pheebs is absolutely hysterical and anyone who follows her career can tell you she writes just how she speaks. Besides the comedy aspect, her essays discuss real issues like feminism and racism while making you nod along and shake your head at her #ignorant comments.

Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Good but gets pretty off topic towards the end. The chapters on U2 and #BB don't really seem to resonate on how everything is trash but it's OK like some of the earlier chapters do. I kept wondering why they were included / how we went from making really strong points on intersectional feminism and body image to talking about following U2 around on tour for the rest of the book. Her first book felt much stronger to me, but it's a fun and hilarious read and inspiring in parts. I might have super ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Phoebe Robinson for sharing this book with the world. It's just what I needed after the last two years of BS, and the title about says it all: Everything's Trash, But It's Okay.

I'd highly recommend listening to the audiobook, rather than reading the physical book, because the book is written the way she talks. By that I mean she makes lots of jokes, speaks in abbreviations/slang/"hashtags"/exclamations, and listening to her read the book aloud is like listening to your funniest girlfrien
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars

I really enjoyed her first book so I was excited when this one published. Overall, it was a great read. Phoebe's personality shines through this book. At some points I felt like she was sitting next to me, telling me about her life experiences. Entertaining (view spoiler) and, in some sections, VERY relatable.

I personally don't like the near-constant hashtags, acronyms, and mixed words that required an explanation for readers
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
My expectations were very, very high for this book, since I read Robinson's first collection twice, and rolled around the floor laughing both times. Maybe I didn't find this one as funny because it's not my fresh introduction to her, or maybe I just had a totally unrealistic expectation of how much she should make me laugh. I don't want my rating to discourage anyone from the book, because Robinson is a treasure and this book is a great past-time.
Liz Laurin
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ithink I like this one even more than the original. I don't know if it is just that I really love her storytelling style, or that I've seen her live and listened to more of her podcast, so I feel like I know her better, but I just read the whole thing in her voice. Cannot wait to listen to the audiobook when it comes out.

Massively huge thanks to Penguin Randomhouse for the ARC I received(this morning!) I an in love.
Caleb Masters
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the funniest books I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. Robinson has a true gift for comedy but also a real skill for using her comedy to speak to real issues affecting people of color and women in the world today. Just what I needed after a string of heavy and depressing books. Highly recommend listening to the audiobook as Phoebe reads it herself and often will offer asides and comments not found in the printed book.
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