Review: Hey Ladies! The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails
Authors: Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss
Illustrator: Carolyn Bahar
Genre: Humor, 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.“
I love books that are written in alternating formats or completely written in a different form from a strict narrative. (The Meg Cabot, “Boy” Series are like that!) This story was written through emails and text messages through one group of friends as they go through a year of professional growth and failure as well as wedding planning for one of their own.
Let me start with the fact that the writing was good, the dialogue makes sense, and it is able to paint a narrative through people’s emails which is a challenge in itself.
I did not care for the book. I found the eight best friends to be annoying and the changing perspectives to be a bit hard to follow (especially because the story heavily rotates through about five of them and doesn’t focus on a couple). With that being said, I also think that is the nature of large groups of friends. Some are less present and some don’t have as much sway in the group.
Yes, I could see groups of friends having similar emails and similar roles inside their friendships. However, I felt that there wasn’t much a plot until about three quarters of the way through when one of the eight starts to challenge the whole group.
Also…how did they all become best friends…I felt like some of their friendships didn’t really make sense or connect. It would have made more sense if they were all connected to the one bride-to-be and got to know each other over the year.
A little comical. A little fun. A little annoying. Just not the right fit for me at this time!