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Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,791 ratings  ·  547 reviews
From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on the secret genius of irrational behavior.

Have you ever been pissed because you're not pretty enough, and then gotten even more pissed that someone didn't find you as pretty as you think you are? Have you ever obsessed over the size of your thighs while eatin
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Hardcover, 264 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Hachette Books
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britt_brooke
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
There are so many things I didn’t like about this starting with the title and cover. I’d pick it apart, but I don’t want to waste my time. If this had been a straight up memoir, it would’ve been so much better.
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
“The truth is that women are supposed to be everything to everyone. And guess what?
That’s impossible.
We’re expected to be continually kind to our fellow women, caring toward children, respectful of the elderly, supportive of our coworkers-while simultaneously making every dude around us super horny. Oh and we should always stand up for ourselves, while also being likable.”

This book is about empowering women, being confident and believing in yourself.
It’s written in a funny and entertaining w
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Igrowastreesgrow
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought, 2018, audiobook
A wonderful book with a lot of life lessons, wisdom, and hilarity. Would recommend 1000%.
Bess McCulloch
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
100% honesty - I downloaded this on Audible, which is usually where I buy books that I want to read, but don't want to physically own, books that I'm embarrassed I want to read, or books that I know I might hate but don't want to pay full price to find out.

But I wish I had a hard, physical copy of this forever because DAMN is it inspiring. Everything she put into "Confirmed Kills" that threw even her most adoring fans a little off, was poured into this book to push women forward. It's incredibly
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Alison
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not the super funny memoir of how she got started like most comedians do. This is more like her take on why women think through all the options before getting dressed and how that can help us (and sometimes hurt us). There are some funny stories from her real life and some background on how she got to where she is now. She comes across as very smart and savvy and like she is trying to help us understand the truth of how the world works and how to make it work the best for ourselves. Its ...more
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

I received a copy of Girl Logic from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m no stranger to Iliza Shlesinger and have enjoyed her brand of humor in the past. When I saw Girl Logic, complete with an introduction by Mayim Bialik, on Netgalley I was excited to read it. Girl Logic is amusing and entertaining. Shlesinger writes about understanding and embracing everything there is about being a woman, even the contradictions. Sometimes, her thoughts seem a little disorganized but she also can
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Nicole
Dec 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to love this look. I mean, I bought four copies of it and distributed it to family/friends for Christmas as I was convinced I would love it. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I found that it rambles on quite a lot about things that don’t really matter in life (how to text people who you don’t think like you Etc). Again, I wish I loved it as I adore Iliza as a stand up
Comedian. Ah well, each to their own. Hopefully I am a one off. I am about 3/4 of the way through, but I can’t do any more
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Rebecca Wettlaufer
Feb 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed Iliza's stand up, so I thought I'd enjoy her book. I was wrong. This book is not at all funny.

Actually, it is frustratingly contradictory.

Just a few examples: she touts being tough and standing up for yourself, yet calls others who do so "bullies" (pg 230) and "assholes" (pg 231); she's all about "corrective procedures" that make women "feel more confident" referencing her nose job, but then craps on women who get plastic surgery "for themselves" (all on pg 51); sometimes she emphasize
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Gloria
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is for ladies in their 20s or maybe 30s. It's a lot about dating. It's not laugh out loud funny, but has a few funny parts. The audio was good as she's a comedian and can perform it well. This isn't life changing - it's part memoir, part observation, and it reminds me a bit of Bossy Pants. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I were in the target age group and related to what the bulk of the book was about. But, alas, I'm in my 40s, happily married, and not trying to figure out how to ...more
Holly
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Not a page went by where I didn't laugh! I am still laughing over the section "When and How to Dump a Man via Text." I'm totally going to use the fried shrimp tactic. I recommend this book for any woman who needs a kick in her self esteem and any woman stuck out in the dating world. It could also be beneficial to some of you guys out there who might need a hand understanding us females. Iliza's confidence is infectious. Great read!
Lindsay Nixon
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I oscillated between “omg! I’m not the only one who thinks that/does that” and “holy crap, this is THE BEST feminism book” and “omg this is offensive”
Cher
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - It was really good.

Women are both afflicted and empowered by something I call Girl Logic. GL is a characteristically female way of thinking that appears to be contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of considering every choice and its repercussions before we make a move toward what we want.

I only recently discovered Iliza, but she’s incredible. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend her Netflix special, Elder Millenial.

I couldn’t r
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Amberly
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and I'm so glad I decided to get the audiobook. Shlesinger is one of my favorite comedians and she brings her comedy flair and evaluates the way that women look at the world. It's easy to see that this is something she deeply cares about and that with every chapter, she has put a lot of thought into conclusions. A great read and a perfect graduation present for high schoolers and college age kids.
Leah
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Iliza is one of my favorite comedians, however this book didn't really resonate much with me. I guess I never really had the style of thinking which she labels "girl logic". I found this a bit rambling and at times quite hilarious but overall it was just ok.
Jess lando
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a pleasant surprise. I didnt have high expectations but I love her standup, so thought I would give it a try.

Cliche in some parts, with no shortage of f bombs, but some good insights and I definitely recognized alot of myself in her anecdotes.

She tackles all the complex parts about womanhood: confidence, body image, relationship, friendships in a casual way. The book is not overly structured. Its like reading a conversation with friends- she goes off on tangents, and you often won
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Abu Hayat Khan
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
finally, I realized why a man finds it so difficult to understand women. nothing can explain it better than these lines (from the book):

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“GL can go a little haywire when forced to reconcile the sheer volume of expectations society places on women. See, being a woman is hard…The truth is that women are supposed to be everything to everyone. And guess what?

That’s impossible.

We’re expected to be continually kind to our fellow women, caring toward children, respectful of the elderly, supp
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Justine Pendergast
laugh out loud. my favourite comic.
Megan
I'm about 25% through the book and so far I'm agreeing with most of the reviewers who suggested a straight-up memoir would have been better. Perhaps I'm being premature, but she's not veered off course yet. As such, I'm guessing the rest of the book is going to stay in the same vein and I'm going to have to adjust my expectations. I was hoping to laugh and instead, I just want to crawl onto my couch and binge watch something mindless for a while in order to shake off the depressing points she ma ...more
Laura
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, humour
I loved the sound of Shlesinger's part memoir, part humorous take on life. With a funny collection of essays and observations on women's approach to many aspects of life, I thought this would be a light-hearted read that I could nod along to.

'Girl Logic' refers to the logic that us women have, where we obsess over tiny details in every situation, mostly about things that men might not necessarily notice. Now I can look over the fact that Shlesinger has generalised all women and lumped them into
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Elyse
2.5 stars.

I found it interesting that Mayim Bialik wrote the introduction to the book but has said on numerous occasions that we should not be referring to adult women as "girls" and this book is all that. GIRL Logic. How about Woman Logic. Or even Lady Logic if you're into alliteration. I would much rather be called a woman than a girl.

Anywho, I couldn't really relate to this book. It's mostly about how a woman's brain deals with being single and dating and men and other women. Not scientific,
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Sherri
I think that this book is all the better if you listen to it — Shlesinger reads like she's performing a stand up act, and while a lot of this book is certainly hilarious, it's not all rainbows and sunshine. Because girl logic is messed up and oftentimes contradictory, and to survive in this world with a voice in your head that simultaneously wants to tear you down at times because we constantly internalize all these things that we should be while also reminding you that you're better than some d ...more
InkedBookDragon
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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This book had me laughing out loud. This would not have been that big of a deal had I not been around other people. It is hysterical and insightful. I had seen the author's special and was not sure if this book would make me laugh like her shows. It is obvious that this was a labor of love for her. It was refreshing that it is more than just jokes. She sends the message that girls are amazing and that they can do anything. She encourages women to be confident.
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Sarah
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one. I wasn't familiar with Iliza before listening to her book, heard the interview on "It's been a minute" with Sam Sanders and liked what I heard, so picked up the audiobook. Overall, really connected with most of her message. I love the message that GL is a tool and powerful - and one that all women should use. I did have a hard time with her chapter focused on dating. To me, I didn't like that a lot of this chapter seemed to put an emphasis on women validating themselves through ...more
Samantha
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Iliza Shlesinger pretty much nails "Girl Logic", a term she uses to explain the complicated way a woman's mind works. I enjoyed her use of real-life examples throughout the book to make the story down-to-earth and relatable. The writing itself isn't particularly well-organized and at times reads like a maundering and chaotic trip through a woman's brain - though possibly this was an intentional demonstration of the underlying concept. Overall, funny and entertaining but prepare to be distracted!
Mehrsa
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
She's funny and the book is good. I'm probably not the ideal audience for this (i.e. way too old), but I love reading books by awesome female comics and this is among the better ones. It's not really about girl logic, but a memoir, which is fine with me. I especially found it interesting at the end where she talks about some of the specific difficulties of being a woman in comedy. It was a fun, easy, light read
Aims
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit more “light-hearted” than I would have expected (I think I’ve been ruined by the awesomeness of Amy Schumer’s “Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo”), but still a hysterical, almost-self help read about the perils of what it’s like to be a woman with the ever-present girl logic. Definitely relatable, and if you’re a woman and you can’t find yourself somewhere within the pages of this book, you’re obviously living in denial.
Annie
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People are specific about what they find funny and this book is no exception, which probably appeals mainly to Iliza Shlesinger's fans and young single women. The book is a mix of topics: obstacles that women face, ranting about how women have it hard, how women think - both good and bad (Girl Logic), bit of a memoir, some inspirational stories, and meanderings into fashion, dating, partying, sex, girl friends, and trying to fit in.
Abbey
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love her views and girl power talk. Definitely aimed more at single women, as there is a lot of talk about what it's like to date, but still a great listen...even for this 39 year old who's been married for over 16 years.
I also recommend this on audiobook. There is nothing better than listening to the author say their own words.
Iliza is hilarious...and smart...and a powerhouse that is fighting for women.
Vilma Jorge
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun as hell, easy to read and hilarious observations on women and our way of processing life, even though I don’t agree with everything Iliza says in this book I truly believe that her insight is on point and that us, as woman, need to learn how to make our thought process work in our favor instead of against us.
Maria
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh!!!! This book is so so so well written. It’s open, funny, and vulnerable all at once and it’s like having a friend give you a pep talk about the reality of what life is like and how to make it through this crazy world. I seriously read this book in like a day - I couldn’t put it down
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