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Everything's Trash, But It's Okay

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,631 ratings  ·  567 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
Audiobook, Unabridged, 10 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Penguin Audio
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Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Anyway, as I was saying, women are conditioned to waste hours, days, weeks, months (although, truth be told, it's most likely years) doubting, undermining, and ultimately hating parts, if not all, of themselves based solely on "problems" with their bodies that can be solved by buying products from an industry that invented these problems in the first place. How fucking convenient. And when all is said and done, what is the prize for this self-torture? Fitting neatly within society's destructive ...more
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I mean, there was no way I wasn't going to read this. Even if Phoebe Robinson of YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR fame hadn't wrote it, I would have picked it up anyway because it has 'trash' in the title. What kind of Trash Queen would I be if I didn't read a book that professes the solemn doctrine I hold so dear: that everything is garbage, and it's up to you to embrace the dumpster life because #traaaay (as in, trashy-slay). OF COURSE.

Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Eilonwy by: Carmen
First thing I've got to say is, my review will be pathetic. So go read Carmen's brilliant review which got me to immediately put a hold on this. I've heard of the 2 Dope Queens podcast, but never listened to it. (I may have to rectify that.) So I had to look Phoebe Robinson up when I saw Carmen's glowing review. Phoebe turns out to be from the same corner of Ohio as me, one county over, which extra sealed my having to read this book. And I'm really glad I did.

It covers a range of topics:
Robin Bonne
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
Brown Girl Reading
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to read humorous essays
Really good read. Check out my review video by clicking the link:
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
Jessica Woodbury
When a book like Robinson's debut performs as well as it does, the tendency is to get another one out ASAP, sure enough this one came out only two years later. It's not quite as good for reasons that aren't entirely Robinson's fault. One major one being that Robinson's career and visibility is pretty different than it was when she wrote her first book, and books by celebrities after massive success aren't always quite as heavy on charm as the ones before. But Robinson isn't afraid to put it all ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
2.5 stars rounded up. This essay collection was a bit too disjointed and meandering for my tastes- it felt at times much like Robinson was just phoning it in, trying to reach a word count. Her chapter about money was probably the standout, as she made some valiant points about society. Overall, though, the overuse of hashtags and LONG rants with too little substance wound up reading like an unedited blog, and while there were parts that made me chuckle, this book was a bit disappointing and it ...more
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.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is literally the worst "book" I have ever "read"; "book" meaning "is it really a book if it's so incomprehensible that it might actually be making me illiterate in my attempt to read it?" and "read" meaning I tried on three separate occasions to get through it and the furthest I ever made was around page 18. If I could get a refund, and damages for lost time and brain cells spent on this mess, I would.
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
Charity Bengert
I love you, Phoebe, but sometimes I just want you to get to the point.

I really enjoyed reading Phoebe's first novel, You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain. It was insightful and funny and covered a lot of great topics like race, feminism, and Phoebe's love of U2. So I was really excited about Everything's Trash but unfortunately it was a bit of a slog. I felt any interesting point or story she was trying to make was drowned out by her endless analogies, metaphors and
Mark Ballinger
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essay
The essays are good. Her story of a financial hole and how she got there is pretty important. But, so often the message is buried in irritating fake hashtags, fake urls, and strained cultural references.

Take this example, where she's writing about feminism and intersectionality: "part of the reason these growing pains aren't entirely apparent to all feminists is because they're hidden underneath feel-good decorations the way I'd cover a wine stain on a couch cushion by using my Nicki Minaj
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel very bad for giving this a two-star review after I raved about Don't Touch My Hair, but this was just a mess. A slog. A difficult to read collection of essays written in hashtags. I almost didn't finish it, but then there would be a funny story that kept me going for another chapter. Sadly, I have to say, I am glad this is over because now I can read other things.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the chapter on feminisms, but otherwise only okay. The first book was much better.
Steff Pasciuti
I really feel likeEverything's Trash, But it's Okay by Phoebe Robinson just was not for me. And I really can't tell whether the book is very good because I just couldn't get past Robinosn's writing style. I've read a few reviews that suggest listening to the audiobook is better, but when it comes to the book I found that I just couldn't stand Robinson's constant asides, derailing her commentary into a long tangent about nothing in particular and nothing of import.

Ironically, the introduction to
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phoebe Robinson is excellent and just the kind of “current” voice that fits what I’m looking for. She is not only hilarious, but also makes some incredibly strong points about challenging and nuanced issues like feminism and reparations (and she does this with a type of self-deprecating humor that feels very unique).

I listened to her first book and read this one. Either way, it’s fantastic! Just read it.

I received this book free from a GoodReads giveaway! Whoo!
Jul 29, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
omfg wtf brain. this is the month of starting books and not finishing them. ughghghghgh.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, humor
Hilarious. Perfect thing to read with the holidays on our heels. Holidays in retail are not great fun but reading this helps!
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read! I really appreciated Phoebe's use of humour to approach the more difficult moments of her life/the world at large. I feel like I learned a lot about her and what it's really like to be a working comedian. Phoebe definitely writes in her own voice though, so if you've never listened to her podcasts or read her other work, her many many abbreviations will be confusing at first.
Elizabeth (Elzburg)
DNF because I had to return it to my library, but I ain't even mad.

This seemed like it was finally going to be a book written by a comedian that is actually funny—and it WAS... In the beginning—but it started to feel like accidentally walking into a feminist rally. It was non-stop preaching about "you have to do this or else you're a bad person!!", and it's like oh my god shut up. Nothing against feminism, but damn did this chick become annoying as hell. I'm sure it was probably/maybe/possibly
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, ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Libby Chennell
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Victoria Taveras
I loved Phoebe's Stand up show, her podcast and even her Instagram so I thought I would love her book read by her. But in all honesty, this book is making me less of a fan. I agree with most of what she says but I find her constant, subject changes, puns and abbreviations drove me nuts and I honestly felt like I just rather not hear what she had to say if I had to keep listening to her "Trash".

At least she knows she is "Trash" and she is ok with using that as her "thing" I just realized with
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PHOEBE ROBINSON is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress whom, Essence, and Esquire have named one of the top comedians to watch. She has appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and Last Call with Carson Daly; TBS's Conan, Comedy Central’s Broad City, and @midnight with Chris Hardwick; as well recently landing a recurring role on the new Jill Soloway show for Amazon I Love ...more
“Harassment is not just about harming you that one time; it’s about lingering around for every time afterwards and chipping away at you without you realizing it.” 4 likes
“...women are conditioned to waste hours, days, weeks, months (although, truth be told, it's most likely years) doubting, undermining, and ultimately hating parts, if not all, of themselves based solely on "problems" with their bodies that can be solved by buying products from an industry that invented these problems in the first place. How fucking convenient. And when all is said and done, what is the prize for this self-torture? Fitting neatly within society's destructive narrative about the female body.” 3 likes
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