Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays

Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays

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

  • Jessica

    I received this book for free free as part of an Instagram tour (TLC Book Tours specifically) I did to promote the book.I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.This was an interesting collecti...

  • 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...

  • CJ Connor

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

  • 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...

  • erica

    Yes, some (many) of these essays are insufferable. One can only read so much about drunken hookups, throwing up on the floor (a concerning amount of throwing up on the floor), and self-deprecating rav...

  • Kaloyana

    I love this book and I want Rebecca Fishbein to be my friend (or drinking companion in NYC)!...

  • Kellie

    This was very readable, but it's also extremely Middle Class White Lady with a Creative Career in New York, so how much you like it will be based on how much you can tolerate that....

  • 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...

  • Katie

    What a delight. I feel like she took my life and wrote it down. I've literally written essays about both the best places to cry in New York as well as my troubling penchant for sleeping with coworkers...

  • Ariella

    Wonderfully witty and down to earth. I was torn between wanting to devour it in one go and wanting to savor chapters to keep having more of Rebecca's writing. I felt every essay was very relatable, ex...