Samantha Irby’s latest book of essays, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., is a hilarious collection that touches on life’s big and small moments with equal empathy and wit. Irby dives into embarrassing bodily functions, meets her future wife on Twitter, and goes into detail about what it’s really like to eat days-old McDonald’s, all while confronting gender dynamics, poverty, and life with Crohn’s disease. What makes her writing so damn good is that despite all of the ways that Samantha Irby may (or may not) be different from you, she knows how to relate. When it comes to things like socializing, the love of cheese, and the reality of her writing life, Irby has us in stitches while we nod our heads thinking, “us, too, girl.”
Here are some of our favorite quotes from the book. These are the kinds of things we wish we could say, but don’t. Although, now that we’re inspired by Samantha Irby, maybe we will.
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