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Dear Girls Above Me: Inspired by a True Story

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  3,803 ratings  ·  476 reviews
Based on the wildly popular Twitter feed Dear Girls Above Me, a roman à clef about how thinking like a couple of girls turned one single guy into a better man.
 
When Charlie McDowell began sharing his open letters to his noisy upstairs neighbors—two impossibly ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties—on Twitter, his feed quickly went viral. His followers multiplied and
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Heidi The Reader
Dec 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction
Dear Girls Above Me is about Charlie McDowell’s time living beneath a loud group of gossiping young women (names have been changed to protect the innocent). He claims to have learned much about love, life and himself through his eavesdropping.

From the description, I thought this book was going to be cute. Instead, I found it very creepy.

"I most definitely did not expect to be the unwilling audience of a twenty-four-hour slumber party between the Winston Churchill and Benjamin Franklin of the 902
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Runa
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Look, I started out reading the Dear GAM tweets and laughing at them like the rest of Twitter. But reading this book just made it so much clearer how CREEPY Charlie is in his eavesdropping. These are two girls who have no idea they have an army of people on the internet making fun of them. Can we please put ourselves in those shoes for just one moment? It's bullying and it's humiliating. Add to it the fact that these are women being mocked by a man in a society where women are already seen as "l ...more
Jennifer
★★★½
Dear Girls Above Me: Inspired by a True Story is a memoir of sorts written by actor/ director/ writer/ producer/ cinematographer Charlie McDowell. This book was inspired by the popularity of Charlie's Twitter feed titled Dear Girls Above Me where he shares his open letters to his loud upstairs neighbors.
"Sometimes I feel bad for the girls because they aren’t exactly the sharpest tools in the shed. In fact, they’re more like a couple of dull butter knives that were left in the grass o
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Jennie Howatt
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Charlie sits in his room and listens in on the lives of the two rich, obnoxious, twenty-something females in the apartment above his, aided by his building's poor ventilation system. He creates a Twitter account called, "Dear Girls Above Me" where he responds to the girls' most pressing life questions. ("How much did that gluten stuff in food cost before they made it free??")
He decides it would be a good idea to write a book based on this Twitter account, and his time spent eavesdropping.

It wa
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Stephanie
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is, by far, the funniest book I have read in a long time! I literally was laughing out loud so hard, I had tears in my eyes, during the entire book! I haven't laughed so hard because of a book, since Stupid and Contagious by Caprice Crane. McDowell certainly has a gift of comedic timing, as well as a great story-telling ability that captures the reader and refuses to let go until the book comes to a glorious end. There is not one bad thing I have to say about this book...and I am a pic ...more
Travel Writing
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Drunk People
Recommended to Travel Writing by: Me, and I am not happy with myself.
This is a far less witty "Sh*t My Dad Says" to the tune of "My sorority girl neighbors are a little, okay, very stupid."

It was funny, until it was just plain redundant. It was by no means a coherent story. The plot is non-existent. The ending was cobbled together with baling twine and bubble gum.

And Charlie is a bit of a weirdo. My gross nosy neighbor just comes out to the porch EVERY time I pull up to ask me how my day was, and I find him to be a creepy psycho with boundary issues. Charlie eav
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Gabrielle
3.5 stars and a few chuckles
Laurie Pfister
Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Full disclosure: Did not get past chapter 4.


Who could get past chapter 4? I'll admit that, age-wise, I fit int he category of Millennial, so no one can be offended when I say that the first few pages contain nothing more than the the typical millennial-ish entitled, whiny, lazy, full-o-shit crap that older generations hate us for. Complaints about having to talk to a neighbor, complaints about forgetting to pay his rent, complaints about having to go to meetings, complaints about not being able
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Katelyn Buttaro
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was only okay for me. I feel like a lot of the "quotes" he was using of the girls above him were fake, and if you're going to make them up.. make it funnier. I enjoyed the actual story parts of the book rather than the sections of tweets to the girls .. I just wasn't buying some of the stuff he was saying. ...more
Sleepless Dreamer
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that I picked up accidentally. I actually never heard of the "wildly famous" twitter account so all my knowledge comes solely from this book.

At first, I thought it was humorous. The girls say some funny ridiculous things. The writing itself is also pretty funny. I like how he describes situations, despite how unrealistic it seems.

Then I thought about it more. How horrible would it be to wake up and discover your neighbor has been eavesdropping to you. Literally plann
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Scott
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book kept me laughing all the way through. I'm sure that most parts of it were embellished, so while it may have seemed mean spirited at times, I didn't waste time worrying about how anyone would feel knowing this book had been written. In truth, every single one of us says stupid things on occasion. I just thought of his "neighbors" as amalgams of every person he's ever heard say something unintelligent (this could even include himself).

While the book may be titled "Dear Girls Above Me",
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Denise Lauron
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this without knowing who the author was. When he was talking about his parents at the beginning, I just kind of shrugged it off. Eventually, when he was talking about the movie his mom was in, I looked it up. At that point, I didn't go back to reread the beginning, knowing who his parents were. I did start questioning how much was fact and how much was fiction, based on this knowledge.

I laughed out loud at much of this book. I went in with the thought that it was entertaining f
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Mallory
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dear Girls Above Me is by far one of the funniest books I've ever read. Inspired by true events, Charlie McDowell, a depressed almost 30-something writer, is dismayed when he discovers he can hear every word his new upstairs neighbors say. One night he can't take it anymore and, in true 21st century passive aggressiveness, starts tweeting the comedic gold that comes out of their mouths. Gems like:

Dear Girls Above Me,

"Oh, I get it. It's called
string cheese cause it comes
off all stringy." Next w
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Alicia
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars is my actual subjective rating (since we can't use half stars). I started following Dear Girls Above Me (Charlie McDowell) on Twitter after I heard about it from a friend, and have had a good laugh ever since. He lives in the apartment below two promiscuous and fairly vapid women, everything they say within clear earshot due to what he calls a "black hole" situation where he can hear them but not vice versa. The book, although only partly based on his real life, is written in such a ...more
Victoria Guerrero
It started out funny-ish, I guess. I liked the quirky, sarcastic humor. But after the first few chapters every time I picked the book back up I felt drastically less sympathetic for Charlie. He whines and whines and it eventually became so annoying that I stopped reading altogether after we spent pages and pages about his condom preference. The other thing I began to realize as I continued to read is that this is only, as the title says, a story "inspired" by reality. I got the sense that Charli ...more
Regina Noviana
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comedy
Almost everybody who lives in an apartment can relate to the story, where there might be one or more bizarre type of neighbours that just can't stop annoy you and make you feel miserable to be in the same building with them, while they don't give a sh*t what other people suffers from what they've done. Yep.
Well, this one was not so bad. Yes, Charlie's upstairs neighbours were loud and talked about nonsense all the time, but there were a lot of worse neighbours out there, so bad that they can mak
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Heather
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
When is Goodreads going to let is give something 3.5 stars?
Khris Sellin
I don't think I'm the target audience for this book. Not sure how it landed in my pile. ...more
Sharon
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
A cute, albeit slightly stalker -ish book. A bit too fluffy and LA for my tastes.
Donna Parker
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by a true story.
What does that even mean?
True as in it sort of happened, but I changed a bunch of stuff?
True as in it could have happened, I mean, anything can happen, right?
True as in this is the way I think it happened, at least my version of the truth and there could have been some intervening factors?
I know the Twitter part is true, but my inner child who’s sometimes a cranky 90-year-old cynic keeps saying, the authors’ parents are in show business (the son of actor Malcolm McDowell
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Tanya
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this from a friend.

This is a tale of Charlie who vents about his loud "airhead" upstairs neighbors via Twitter.

*warning there is some language and sexual content

This book was pretty good. I read some pretty heavy stuff so this was just what my brain needed to reboot! There was plenty of LOL moments. Lots of moments where I scream outloud I cannot believe they just said that! I personally would have liked more of the Girls Above Me stuff and less about his own life. There are some part
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dara
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Desperate for a funny book. This is it.
A story of eavesdropping two noisy girls

Some funny quotes:
(Watching the Hunger Games Trailer)
" i play very different hunger games"yes, but anorexia doesn't make for good cinema.

You don't watch a Gaga concert, you experience it. ( huahaha how majestic is Gaga)

Just picturing a girl in the uncomfortable position of wandering how to say no to me is enough motivation for me to be single the rest of my life.

Even prison inmates get hot water. They may get gang-ra
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Ruth
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea for this book is clever but the idea that he can hear everything that the girls upstairs say and yet they can't hear him is rather unbelievable. Also, it is creepy that this young man wants to spend so much time at home listening to others rather than making a life for himself. Although the girls might be "valley girl" types it is also unbelievable that they would never recognize someone that they have met five times already.

That being said, there were some lines that were funny as the
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Katharine
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Witty insights from the observer of morons

If it weren't for the skill of the writer and his inner growth, I think I would have tired of this subject matter (2 shockingly ignorant spoiled young women) by chapter 3. But I found this book hard to put down, and that was because the writer humbly and deftly tied his own life crisis with what these girls were doing, but mostly saying. The free bean casserole incident moved me! I walk away from this book willing to learn life lessons from the annoying
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Liz
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
An entertaining, fluffy read about one man's foray into the not-so-secret world of the girls above him. Based on the twitter feed that propelled Charlie McDowell into fame, Dear Girls Above Me is the autobiographical account of his discovery that he can hear everything that the two women living in the apartment above him are saying, and that their conversations are hilariously vapid.

There's some salty language and subject matter, readers, consider yourself warned. Unfortunately, the two women ar
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Nicole Jacob
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
To be completely honest, I had such high hopes for this. And it sucked.

Well, it didn't suck suck. But it's not something I enjoyed. I chopped the last quarter of the book because I just couldn't handle it.

It was very slow to get the ball rolling. It took me a long time to get into it and I struggled to even grasp a concept of the book. Yes, it was humorous and had some very funny/quotable parts. However, there was nothing that kept me engaged with the book or the story. It came across as an en
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Stef
Aug 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I never read the Twitter feed this is based on but the premise seemed interesting. However, I didn’t get far in this unfunny, poorly written story before I just couldn’t deal with it any more. Not only did every sentence try desperately to be witty (and fail), the smug way the author views himself to be so much better than the “impossibly ditzy” women living above him is gross. Poorly executed and arrogant.
Meg Mardian
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book reduced me to laugh-tears on multiple occasions. It's funny and witty, and well-written. I love the neurotic narrator because he reminds me of myself if I was a better storyteller, and he makes all the best pop culture references from 90's. If you love to laugh, I highly recommend that you read this book. ...more
Isa
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
He is HA-larious!! Love, love, love this book. Great for summer reading.

What is happening to the world we live in. It is absolutely embarrassing that women these days act like they're uneducated. Seriously?!? But Charlie has a totally funny outlook on these girls above him.

I give it a 4 star because i feel like Charlie over thinks everything. He kinda sounds like a girl sometimes...
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Robert
Dec 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
The description of this book made it sound like a book I might enjoy. As I started reading, I soon determined that I wasn't going to enjoy the book. I did not enjoy Charlie's writing style and the stories were not interesting to me. The wording makes it sound like Charlie is stalking the girls and kind of creepy. ...more
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Charlie McDowell is an author, blogger, actor and director. McDowell is most know for The One I Love (2014) and Bye Bye Benjamin (2006) as well as his blog, which he then adapted into the book Dear Girls Above Me.

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