Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays

Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays

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, essays, Writing, Nonfiction, Humor, Autobiography

For lovers of Sloane Crosley and Samantha Irby, this hilarious and raw essay collection paints a recognizable and relatable portrait of life in the early aughts.

Former Senior Editor for Gothamist Rebecca Fishbein’s adult life has been a dramatic reflection of New York media itself—constantly evolving in unexpected ways and seemingly always on the edge of disaster. In short, Rebecca has seen it all—from 3 bedbug infestations, to being fired, to being yelled at while working at American Apparel, to losing all her stuff in a freak fire, to being bullied online by angry Taylor Swift fans.

But the real humor and meat of the collection come from Rebecca's unwavering honesty and unflinching examination of her struggles with alcohol, anxiety, depression, compulsive lying, female beauty standards, and a slew of failed cowoker/roommate/friend semi-relationships are dark, insightful, and hilarious.  

As Jia Tolentino commented, the era of the personal essay ended with the election—this is not your grandmother's millennial essay collection. Rebecca’s writing is relatable without being preachy and conveys a message of resilience by example, not by moral. Readers will recognize the world they themselves see—a disastrous president and a scary socioeconomic landscape—in Becca’s writing and find comfort in her humor and a snarky but incisive friend in her writing.

Title:Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062889980
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    Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays Reviews

  • Sam Corbin

    Over the course of this essay collection, I laughed, I cried, I gasped at just how sharply I was relating to the experiences recounted therein. Fishbein's writing is smart, frank and funny, and this p...

  • Andy Winder

    the best part about this book is that all the essay titles look like panic! at the disco song names...

  • Leslie

    Happy happy book birthday to this gem of a book by Rebecca Fishbein, and shoutout to William Morrow for the finished copy.If you’re missing your hilarious and snarky bff from college, pick up this b...

  • Sarah

    Confused how most of the reviews came out well before the book? It is very well written but repetitive as another mentioned. It's clear the author has potential as a writer, but a few essays in you wi...

  • Tatum Bowen

    This is the first essay I have ever read and I was pleasantly surprised! If you love reading books with cynical humor and pitiful (yet super relatable!) stories then this should be on your to-read. I ...

  • Julie Bestry

    I am not prone to hyperbole, so you should believe me when I tell you this is quite possibly one of the worst books I've ever read. About halfway through, I considered giving it two stars because it w...

  • Dan

    Only put the book down to grab something to eat! Full of clever, dark humor that makes you chuckle and even laugh out loud. Though it is written to take you through her fears, insecurities, and awkwar...

  • Andrewcharles420

    This was a collection of short essays by a writer/blogger who I enjoyed reading at the Gothamist news blog before their a$$hole billionaire owner shut them down. The aspects I enjoyed most about her w...

  • Jake Offenhartz

    Lotta people say something is laugh out loud funny, but they don't really mean it. This collection (GTHtPYH) is cackle-inducing. Like if Norah Ephron and David Sedaris procreated a book after being fo...

  • Tim

    Love this roller coaster ride of what it's like to be young, smart and trying to make it as a writer as the industry crumbles around you. Rebecca's essays are full of humor that will hit home with any...