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Why Girls Are Weird

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,738 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
She was just writing a story.
When Anna Koval decides to creatively kill time at her library job in Austin by teaching herself HTML and posting partially fabricated stories about her life on the Internet, she hardly imagines anyone besides her friend Dale is going to read them. He's been bugging her to start writing again since her breakup with Ian over a year ago. And
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Published July 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published May 31st 1999)
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This book is the story of Anna Koval, a librarian who plays around with HTML (the primary attraction for me!) who creates a web journal that initially was just for practice, then for her friend Dale, then as an outlet for all of her issues, demons and dreams. Her entries are almost always humorous, and almost every time either an improved version of her reality or an out right LIE.

Anna's broken up with her boyfriend, Ian, but writes as though they're still together. She starts to get fan mail, w

Jul 15, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All My Female Friends
Shelves: book-swap
A solid 3.5 star rating.

A fantastic summer commute book. Just the right amount of humor, fictionalized universal real-life experiences, and wonderful characters to keep me interested all the way through.

The moments of sheer hilarity were some of my favorite parts and they included:

- Tiny wooden hand jokes
- Poems for the love challenged
- How to fake a football orgasm
- Talking to Billy Banks during a Tae Bo workout
- The 'Betty' haircut
- Stank feet
- The bridesmaid wrangler
- Smith & The Action G
I became interested in this book when I found a quote from it on I started to read the book once I had gotten my hands on it. The first few pages of the story made me want to stop. It didn't seem appropriate for me. But it isn't like me to stop reading a book once I had started so I pushed forward, ignoring anything that I felt was inappropriate.
I was glad that I didn't stop reading at the beginning, because if I had I would've been missing out on a lot of things. The lif
Feb 29, 2012 Mahala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A True romantic comedy

This book is hilarious. I was actually laughing out loud my boyfriend was giving me weird looks. But it had everything I wanted in it. Comedy, heartbreaks, and a little romance that had me swooning a bit. The main character starts a blog, about her ex. As an online admirer starts to notice her she starts to develop an alter ego and gets caught up in some of her fibs. But I loved Anna, I understood her sarcastic humor too much. She is my ideal protagonist and to top it off s
Suad Shamma
Jul 13, 2014 Suad Shamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2014
I absolutely love Pamela Ribon, and it upsets me that she doesn't have the popularity that she deserves in the book-writing-fiction-sphere, because she deserves it. Her writing is so natural and conversational that you breeze right through it with a smile on your face (or smirk), and hope that the book never ends.

Her style is unique in that it is formed in a series of blog posts, letters, emails, notes, etc., which is great given the fact that that IS how Ribon actually started writing - throug
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Feb 28, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Why Girls are Weird. I can't remember the last book that I read that I enjoyed this much. I didn't want to put it down and every time I had to I couldn't wait to keep reading it. The story centers around a woman named Anna who is in her 20s. After breaking up with her long time boyfriend, she starts an online journal about their relationship together as if they had never broken up and winds up amassing a large following. (Note this book was written in the early 2000's before blogging bec ...more
Sep 03, 2007 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jenny, even though she reads mainly non-fiction...and after Jenny, anyone who likes humor
Shelves: chicklit
So far, I'm very in love with this book, and I've only gone as far as the second chapter. Of course, I fall in love with most books at first, and its the really not always love at the end.
Funny, insightful, good character development. Keep ya posted.

Yeah, the ending was predictable, but still, the book was fantastic. There were blurbs and essays that really reminded me of my first internet friend, Jenny. The boob essay especially, reverbated with both her voice and mine. Its with narcisstic love
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This is one of those books that sticks with you, even though it is chick-lit. It started out so innocent. Start a blog and write. But what happens when you suddenly have fans who are sending gifts and their best wishes? Suddenly you become two people: the real you and the blogger you.

I loved this story and the characters I could totally relate to. I laughed, nodded along and generally felt she was writing about me and my experiences as a blogger ten years ago.

A fantastic book and I highly recomm
Aug 31, 2015 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book started out strong but by the middle i felt like it was dragging and the ending left me nonplussed. I think there were too many plot lines going on, which caused it to feel like it wasn't moving very quickly. And i really didn't care about Anna and LDobler/Kurt - i actually was more interested in what happened with Tess than with these two.
Oct 15, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is chick lit? Despite very basic similarities, I don't feel cool with lumping this in the Bridget Jones' Diary. It may be because I sometimes feel like I know the author (from her website, her twitter feed, her insanely amazing and comprehensive recaps of "Gilmore Girls" on Television Without Pity) but I feel like this book is really authentic and fun and easy to relate to. It reminds me of other media I was really enjoying at the time I read it (the movie "Bridesmaids" and the song "The Qu ...more
AJ LeBlanc
Dec 17, 2008 AJ LeBlanc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books often amuse me, but it's rare that they make me laugh out loud until I cry. This is one of those books. I actually had a mini asthma attack right at the beginning from a great description of a stranger wiping out. Good stuff.

I loved this book, I loved the characters, and I loved how true it felt. This is chick lit that doesn't preach that everything's going to be perfect when you grow up. It's a book that could be your own story. Or your best friend's. Or that girl at work that you hate an
Julie Decker
Aug 17, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna's just broken up with Ian and she's totally in a slump about it, so her friend pushes her to just start writing again as a vehicle to bringing herself out of it. Anna does so, mostly on a whim, and creates an alter-ego called Anna K whose boyfriend, Ian, is incredible and worthy of writing updates about. Because of her quirky writing style and ability to make the situations come alive, Anna K gets some great new fans, including a girl who likes the fake version of Ian so much that she wants ...more
Aug 06, 2015 Shana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sherri Hunter
Feb 28, 2010 Sherri Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I really enjoyed this story and found many laugh out loud parts especially the Billy Banks dialogue. I had never read anything by this author before and I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her work.

I enjoyed Anna and Dale and all of the other characters, though Ian didn't deserve half of the recognition he got in this book, every story needs a villain, I suppose. :o)
Feb 14, 2009 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too funny! I love the opening three pages about Barbies---we can all relate! I also loved the "blog" about big boobs...again, I can relate and those of you who cant, maybe you'll see that the grass isn't always greener.
Angela Mclaurin
Aug 19, 2012 Angela Mclaurin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-books
This was a super book. I read it because it was one of Tara Sivec's favorites. It had lots of humor similar to Tara's style and romance was woven throughout. Check this one out!! 4.5 stars
Sue Wargo
Mar 01, 2010 Sue Wargo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at a Salvation Army book store and found a treasure. I really liked this story. I think it would appeal to young women today. The women were all strong and appealing.
Melissa Miles
Apr 06, 2012 Melissa Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the funniest book I have ever read. Laugh out loud funny in lots of places. My fave part involves aerobics and a cat's tail. A must (quick) read for a great laugh!
Jan 10, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's a simply written book of no great genius, but i lost count how many times i was laughing out loud. very entertaining.
Jan 19, 2010 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh out loud. I had to call my friends and read parts of it to them over the phone.
Nov 09, 2008 Chelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book made me laugh soo much my mascara ran down my face!!!!
Its fabulously funny.
Nov 03, 2011 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read. Loved all of it and couldn't put it down!
Feb 03, 2010 Georgiatwombly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Really enjoyed this. Great, smart, conversational style. Fun plot.
Mar 11, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed out loud while reading this book. A very fun read.
Jul 12, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Pamela Ribon. This is one of my favorite books.
Barbara Friend
May 29, 2013 Barbara Friend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not looking forward to turning 25...
Alicia Prevost
Jan 04, 2016 Alicia Prevost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More accurately 3.5 stars (really, it's 2016 and we still don't have half stars???) but I bumped it up to 4 because any book that actually makes me laugh out loud gets a bonus.

I LOVED Anna. Loved loved loved. She was so very very real. She was by far my favourite thing about this book. She was funny and sarcastic...and used it all to deal with her less than perfect life. I appreciated how much she didn't have any idea what the hell she was doing or how she was supposed to get to the next point i
Beth Gubbins
Feb 01, 2015 Beth Gubbins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a Christmas present and it was a good choice. I found it funny and very human as the main character Anna K makes a choice of putting her love life online, part fiction and part fact and is unprepared for the consequences of her writing. I especially was amused by the tiny wooden hand post. Whoever said that sticks and stones may break my bones but words may never hurt me clearly never dealt with the world of online blogging. Will definitely want to read more of this autho ...more
I was feeling weird myself when I bought this book, but it was written by and set in a city with which I am familiar, so I thought it might be interesting to read. It's quirky, which is not surprising given the setting and city of origin of the author, but I was expecting more. The protagonist, a somewhat listless school librarian hoping for something better, was only marginally relatable for me. The part of the book about her fictitious blog and how it propelled her into a writing career is int ...more
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Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter, TV writer, comic book writer, author, and best-selling novelist (Why Girls are Weird, You Take It From Here). She’s written upcoming features for both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Animation Pictures. She’s currently creating both a graphic novel and a series for Oni Press and recently penned a freelance issue of Rick and Morty. NPR called her comedic memoi ...more
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“the warmth
in my mouth.
that rush
through my veins
making my heartache
my pulse quicken
my head-
just a bit dizzy.
my legs-
just a bit numb.
my tongue
years for more
more of you
right now.
i can't wait anymore.
this is torture.
i'm in hell.
waiting for you.
i just want to shout
to this giant crowd of people
"how hard is it to make a latte, fuckers?"
i love you, coffee.”
“You know everything and you know nothing…

And in that there’s this: You will always learn something new. About him. About her. About yourself. And in learning the bad, the uncomfortable, the messy- it’s what you take away that counts. What will you do with that knowledge? Will you leave? Pull tighter? Ignore it? Use it to fall in love even deeper? That’s when you learn more about yourself.”
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