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Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"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." (Roxane Gay, New York Times best-selling author)

New York Times best-selling author and star of 2 Dope Queens Phoebe Robinson is back with a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and the dumpster fire that is our world.

Written in her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Robinson's latest collection is a call to arms. Outfitted with on-point pop culture references, these essays tackle a wide range of topics: giving feminism a tough-love talk on intersectionality, telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks, and calling foul on our culture's obsession with work. Robinson also gets personal, exploring money problems she's hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and definitely most important, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jeans size. She knows about trash because she sees it every day - and because she's seen roughly one hundred thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of Schindler's List.

With the intimate voice of a new best friend, Everything's Trash, But It's Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count.

©2018 Phoebe Robinson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Funny and thought provoking

Phoebe is thought provoking & hilarious. Didn’t want to stop listening. Can’t wait for her third book now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2018

Hilarious & Enlightening

Phoebe Robinson's perspective, personal experiences and hilarious voice grabbed my attention right away. I laughed out loud a lot whilst walking around and listening to this book. In such tumultuous times, that is a precious gift. Highly recommend!!

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  • A. Morrison
  • 23-10-2018

great follow up

enjoyed the book and laughed my A off but a little heavy on the U2... lol

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  • cinda
  • 24-10-2018

Hmmm...I don't know what to tell you on this one

Well, I am at a loss here. I was eager to download this book, after I heard Phoebe interviewed on NPR the other day. I really enjoyed her first book, and expected more of the same. But that's not what I got. I'm not sure what I got - I did not recognize the language. This book made me feel so old, I just can't delete it fast enough! I read the other reviews, and people enjoyed this book, but I don't even know what it is about - every sentence was interupted with jibberish, hashtags and annoying cutesy abbreviations (abbrevs...) I like relatable stories written in English, with complete sentences and actual words - at least enough of this to catch my attention. I hope Phoebe's next book is more relatable (Yes, I'll give her another chance because she is talented and funny), but maybe she is writing for a very specific demographic. That's up to the author...

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  • 匿名
  • 19-10-2018

Amazing book!

So epic! And amazing! Anybody who’s looking for a good read has found it! Learn from this and really listen, I’m a white guy, white people should read both of her books truly a voice in our generation that we should listen to (like all the Black Women we should be listening too)

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  • BearTales1568
  • 14-11-2018

I couldn't finish it

I love supporting black writers, but I couldn't make it past chapter 3. The narrating and ultimately the writing just wasn't too irritating and felt jumpy. It was like having a bad one-sided conversation with someone you met at a bar. Not a fan.

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  • Tracey L Slade
  • 16-05-2019

new fan

I loved this book. Funny, wild and honest. gotta get the first book. U2 forever!!

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  • Amanda R Reyna
  • 16-05-2019

yaaaaaaaaaas

I loved it! I would listen while driving, while at the grocery store, well cleaning my house, and damned if I wasn't cackling out loud and screaming alone with Phoebe as she read this amazing collection of essays.

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  • Amanda
  • 03-05-2019

Lots of fun

I really liked this book. It took me a while to get into some of the hashtag language (I am a late 30something white lady...) but Phoebe's sincerity and humor were wonderful. Each essay was informative and funny. I love the tale she weaves and how she normalizes things that society tells us we shouldn't talk about (being single, being black, liking U2, interracial dating, work/life balance, etc). I would recommend this to anyone and would listen to it again. The fact that she reads it makes it so much more enjoyable (I would have enjoyed it either way, but this was extra). I love that she makes her self laugh, I love how she talked to #BritishBaekoff, I love that she let me in like a friend with this book. Thank you Phoebe. And I hope your mom gets/got to meet Octavia Spencer.

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  • Kathleen
  • 01-05-2019

light read and very funny!

At first I was put off by the breaks and the hashtags, etc. Once I got used to the author's style, it was very funny and very enlightening when she spoke about various forms of racism. I didn't expect to learn anything when I purchased this Title, but I was pleasantly surprised when I did.

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  • Danita Hall
  • 25-04-2019

It's Okay.....

I was really excited to read the book and there are some really funny parts of the book however it's hard to understand. She's narrating at a fast speed and her words are getting lost between her mouth and my ears somewhere. I also have to rewind sometimes because of the pronunciations of certain words.

Overall if you can get past the narrating, it'll make you laugh!

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  • Karla-Jayne Thomas
  • 21-10-2018

Never disappointing

Phoebe RoRo does it again ie makes something I cannot stop listening to. Love the banter with #BritishBaekeOff too. She talks about serious and pervasive issues with the same hilarious prose as she covers lighter subjects, meaning there are many "hahaha...oh damn" moments which I incidentally live for.
Keep being great Phoebe. We're all here cheering you on!!