Althea’s First Fab Review: “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life”

A book review from another perspective: Althea joins the team and talks book. Here’s her review on We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby.

Book review by our book expert, Althea, who's telling us about Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

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It’s funny how things work out. I have made lasting friendships from the unlikeliest places, situations, networks, etc.

When I first met Althea, I noticed how much we had in common. Little did I know, we both grew up in the same small town (different age and different schools are what kept us from meeting earlier in life) and had the same interest in fashion and books.

Since our first run-in (which feels like a bajillion years ago), we have become incredibly close (P.S. she’s one of Leo’s godmothers). Today, I am here to introduce her as our newest team addition. An impressive busybody, Althea is working on her Master’s in Russian History and has all sorts of projects up her sleeve. You can check out her book-inspired tweets here. In-between, she’ll be Fabulous Habits’ very own book expert and we can’t wait for you to follow along her book-ish journey. (P.S. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you won’t miss a beat!)

Recently, we had the opportunity to review We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. When I was handed my copy, I just knew it could be something Althea would like. Here are her thoughts:

Book Review: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Book review by our book expert, Althea, who's telling us about Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

To be completely honest, I had no idea what to expect from this book- a collection of essays? The last time I read a collection of essays (that wasn’t something related to school) was a few years ago. I had time to kill before meeting my family, so I bought that book to read in the meantime. It had rave reviews, and one of the employees working said she had loved it. But I really didn’t. I got halfway through the first essay, shut it, and returned it the next day. Why am I bringing up this book that I won’t name? Fair question. It’s because I had the complete opposite reaction to We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

Samantha Irby’s writing has the 3 R’s: real, raw, and relatable. I found myself nodding along with her, having my heart broken, and laughing out loud. You feel like you’ve known her your whole life, or she’s been watching you, even some combination of the two. All those really embarrassing things you did while “in love with that guy”? She’s got it covered. Coming to accept your body for the way it is? It’s in here. Irby is upfront about her struggles with her various illnesses and how that’s impacted her life. You start off reading her application to The Bachelorette- yes, the TV show. From there, you move throughout her life, and like I said, Irby is such a relatable person that you really feel for her and can laugh with her.

Even before I finished it, I was telling all the girls in my life to read it. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life is a wonderful reminder for everyone, especially young women, that you are not alone. I don’t know why you’re still sitting here reading this- you definitely need to get to your local bookshop ASAP and get a copy.

What book is currently on your nightstand? Had you ever read a book of essays before? Let’s talk about it in the comments below! (And while you’re at it, let’s welcome Althea and give her a big “hey!”)

Book review by our book expert, Althea, who's telling us about Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.


  1. I’m an avid reader and I’m always looking for book recommendations. I leave for a beach vacation Sunday and I’m going to download this book to read while relaxing at the beach.

  2. This sounds like a really interesting book. I’m always looking for a great book to read when I’m traveling and this one sounds like what I would be very interested in.

  3. Have to agree when I see a collection of essays it brings me back to school and studying. Which isn’t fun. I will look for this book and give it a go.

  4. I love the title and it sounds like something humorous. I’m hoping to one day get a book out there. Right now I keep rewriting the first chapter thinking its crap.

  5. Sounds like an interesting book, and if it is a collection of essays, would probably be easier for me to read, since I don’t have a lot of time for reading. I get a lot of interruptions and this sounds like it would be interesting and also doable to read in portions.

  6. I actually really like reading essay collections. This one sounds like it would be right up my alley.

  7. i could feel that your friendship with Althea is a precious thing and I am happy for both of you. The title of the book is very intriguing and based on her review, i would like to read it 🙂

    • Hey Bethel!

      If you end up reading it, let us know your thoughts! We love hearing different perspectives on titles we’ve recently read.

      Stay fab,

  8. I am not sure that I have ever read a book written like this before! It has completely intrigued me! I am going to have to check it out!

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