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History's most fabulous, revered, and sassy women provide wise counsel about modern life's romantic complexities, from dating apps, to feminist conundrums, and how not to give a f*ck. In her punchy new book, bestselling author Jennifer Wright imagines how history's most powerful women would approach current-day dating anxieties, with agony-aunt-style questions, quirky illu History's most fabulous, revered, and sassy women provide wise counsel about modern life's romantic complexities, from dating apps, to feminist conundrums, and how not to give a f*ck. In her punchy new book, bestselling author Jennifer Wright imagines how history's most powerful women would approach current-day dating anxieties, with agony-aunt-style questions, quirky illustrations, and more. Witty, intelligent, and charming, We Came First is the modern guide to seduction and dating for badass ladies.


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History's most fabulous, revered, and sassy women provide wise counsel about modern life's romantic complexities, from dating apps, to feminist conundrums, and how not to give a f*ck. In her punchy new book, bestselling author Jennifer Wright imagines how history's most powerful women would approach current-day dating anxieties, with agony-aunt-style questions, quirky illu History's most fabulous, revered, and sassy women provide wise counsel about modern life's romantic complexities, from dating apps, to feminist conundrums, and how not to give a f*ck. In her punchy new book, bestselling author Jennifer Wright imagines how history's most powerful women would approach current-day dating anxieties, with agony-aunt-style questions, quirky illustrations, and more. Witty, intelligent, and charming, We Came First is the modern guide to seduction and dating for badass ladies.

30 review for We Came First: Relationship Advice from Women Who Have Been There

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wright

    As the writer of this book I have no bias, but, obviously, it should win every available prize.

  2. 5 out of 5

    NAT.orious reads ☾

    4.25 very well advised ★★★★✩ This book is for you if… you are in the mood for a feminist read that is not necessarily suited for just one session. Enjoy this funny, informative read piece by piece and learn about love and life from history's great women.[text] ⇝Overall. I stumbled upon this on NetGalley and requested it, fully well knowing I already had way too many books to read for NG. But the reviews on here and NG were all so great that I couldn't resist. I never can withstand the tempt 4.25 very well advised ★★★★✩ This book is for you if… you are in the mood for a feminist read that is not necessarily suited for just one session. Enjoy this funny, informative read piece by piece and learn about love and life from history's great women.[text] ⇝Overall. I stumbled upon this on NetGalley and requested it, fully well knowing I already had way too many books to read for NG. But the reviews on here and NG were all so great that I couldn't resist. I never can withstand the temptation of feminist reads. As I said, I don't believe this book should be read in one sitting. It was fun to return to it every evening after coming home and just getting a smale dose of fun, helpful and sometimes even questionable but always historically accurate advice from extraordinary women. Jennifer has a fantastic humour and also manages to bring across some criticism she might have in regard to individual women's actions or states of mind. Each advice is structured into a letter from a person seeking advice, the woman giving advice and a short profile of said woman, including turn-ons and turn-offs. Sit back and enjoy funny lines from Coco Chanel, Pope Johanna, Amelia Earhart, Marilyn Monroe and many many other famous women who even have been notorious in their times (and maybe today). There is not much criticism I have to offer, except maybe that overall I would have wished for more information on the individual characters and thus longer advices maybe. ➺The content is structured as follows. ⤐ FLIRTING ⤐ GOING STEASY ⤐ MARRIAGE ⤐ BREAKUPS ⤐ SINGLE LIFE _____________________ Writing quality + easy of reading = 5* pace = 4* plot development = 4* characters = 5* enjoyability = 4* insightfulness = 4* _____________________ This eArc was provided by Laurence King Publishing Ltd. via NetGalley+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much!

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Kawaii Slartibartfast

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book was funny, poignant, and fiercely feminist. What if you could go and ask the women of history for advice? Well, now you know! From Wallis to Pocahontas to Josephine questions about relationships are asked an answered. This book was so much fun to read that my only complaint was that it didn't last longer! I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book was funny, poignant, and fiercely feminist. What if you could go and ask the women of history for advice? Well, now you know! From Wallis to Pocahontas to Josephine questions about relationships are asked an answered. This book was so much fun to read that my only complaint was that it didn't last longer!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kibblesmith

    This would be a biased review if the author weren’t so objectively funny, thoughtful, well-researched and insightful in her application of historical heroines to modern day relationship drama. The perfect “pick it up and flip through it and then buy two — one for you rbest friend” illustrated giftbook. I just wish she would also turn it into a podcast.

  5. 5 out of 5

    *~* mikayla loves SecUnit *~*

    Absolutely fantastic. A love letter to women of the past and the present. Funny and real. Styled like a magazine and advice column from each historical lady and chock full of good (and bad) advice. Illustrations are incredible. I want to read this book 100 times.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Epic. Hilarious. Wonderful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jesica DeHart

    This book totally cracked me up and gave me a new perspective on some of the fiercest women from history. I learned some sage advice too!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    ***Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*** What an utterly glorious collection of women from the past! I've read tons of books that feature strong, brave women, but this one is by far the most interesting. It is told in the form of Dear Abby letters and features responses by some of the most intriguing women from the past. Most of these women were considered progressive for their time, and honestly, some were deeply flawe ***Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*** What an utterly glorious collection of women from the past! I've read tons of books that feature strong, brave women, but this one is by far the most interesting. It is told in the form of Dear Abby letters and features responses by some of the most intriguing women from the past. Most of these women were considered progressive for their time, and honestly, some were deeply flawed, but I appreciate that this book is taking a more liberal approach to honoring strong women.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    We Came First is a humor book that packs serious history and messages of empowerment for women. The premise is relationship advice from women throughout history, from Sappho to Pocahontas to Coco Chanel. Many of the women profiled in We Came First empowered themselves and took charge of their romantic lives even though it was difficult, though some women profiled paid a price for not doing so. Jennifer Wright breaks her book down into categories including Flirting, Dating, Marriage, Break-Ups, an We Came First is a humor book that packs serious history and messages of empowerment for women. The premise is relationship advice from women throughout history, from Sappho to Pocahontas to Coco Chanel. Many of the women profiled in We Came First empowered themselves and took charge of their romantic lives even though it was difficult, though some women profiled paid a price for not doing so. Jennifer Wright breaks her book down into categories including Flirting, Dating, Marriage, Break-Ups, and Single Life. Some of the "advice" would be highly questionable (for example, putting laxatives in a romantic rival's lunch a la Nell Gwynn). Much of it is pretty solid underneath the historical framing and jokes. This would be a terrific gift book or a light read for women into feminism and/or history. It is also encouraging for women in all stages of relationships (or no relationship at all). There are heavy footnotes at the end, allowing for further research. The illustrations are delightful. Above all, it proves that women are not made to be passive or conform to a societal mold. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    L A

    Thanks to Laurence King Publishing Ltd and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a witty take on a self help book with famous women from History taking on the roles of agony aunts answering letters from modern women. It's a fun concept that largely works. The artwork is colourful and funky and the advice given manages to combine history and humour, the turn ons and turn offs in particular made me laugh. There's a wide range of women featured including Cleop Thanks to Laurence King Publishing Ltd and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a witty take on a self help book with famous women from History taking on the roles of agony aunts answering letters from modern women. It's a fun concept that largely works. The artwork is colourful and funky and the advice given manages to combine history and humour, the turn ons and turn offs in particular made me laugh. There's a wide range of women featured including Cleopatra, Josephine Baker, Lucrezia Borgia, Sappho and Julia Child amongst many others. Books like this can often be quite corny but this one stays on the right side of quirkiness.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Parr

    This was a really quick, quite funny read. It's definitely aimed at younger women, since I'd like to hope most middle-aged or older women would know most of this advice already! However, there were some really unusual women included, and definitely some that I want to find out more about. My only niggle is a small historical inaccuracy (someone said they had an affair with Edward VII in 1867...except he didn't ascend to the throne until 1901) but it was about a guy, so who cares? The whole thing This was a really quick, quite funny read. It's definitely aimed at younger women, since I'd like to hope most middle-aged or older women would know most of this advice already! However, there were some really unusual women included, and definitely some that I want to find out more about. My only niggle is a small historical inaccuracy (someone said they had an affair with Edward VII in 1867...except he didn't ascend to the throne until 1901) but it was about a guy, so who cares? The whole thing is just very positive and reassuring that no matter what kind of life or relationship you aspire to, or don't, that's OK!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    We Came First by Jennifer Wright is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September. The strength and self-esteem of well-known historical women and the advice they’d give to others that are in romantic relationships. It's all quite sassier than you might think, in that it’s formatted like an advice column over a two-page spread with a lavish illustration and personal dossier. However, it's not quite for everyone - I'd give it a B+ for effort, A for its colorful and organized look, but a har We Came First by Jennifer Wright is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September. The strength and self-esteem of well-known historical women and the advice they’d give to others that are in romantic relationships. It's all quite sassier than you might think, in that it’s formatted like an advice column over a two-page spread with a lavish illustration and personal dossier. However, it's not quite for everyone - I'd give it a B+ for effort, A for its colorful and organized look, but a hard D for twisting the words of a respected, well-known woman to suit the book’s theme.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Jennifer Wright’s books are fantastic. They’re always sarcastically hilarious but also full of interesting information, and this one was no exception. There were actually quite a few women in this book that I had never heard of before, and I just had so much fun reading this. 4 stars instead of 5 only because it’s pretty short, and also I really wanted more than just one page on each of the women.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katarina

    Entertaining, fun and funny. I love the tongue-in-cheek style, which delivers empowering information about famous women in a brilliant format. I highly recommend, and also wish it was longer. I was sad to reach the last page. This book was provided to me by Netgalley in return for an honest review

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ppcfransen

    Lovely little tongue-in-cheek book with relationship advice (and advice on life in general) from famous women in history. They indeed came first. I want to gift this book to all my friends, female and male. I read and ARC through Netgalley.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sugarrr

    This book was very funny !! Loved that I got to learn a little bit about each woman and I looked them up on google afterwards because it made me curious about their lives ! Loved the set up of the book with the little profile.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linsy

    This book is great! I love the vignettes about these amazing women in history. So much I didn't know! Also, I took the quizzes with friends and we had an amazing time doing them, it was seriously great fun! This book is great! I love the vignettes about these amazing women in history. So much I didn't know! Also, I took the quizzes with friends and we had an amazing time doing them, it was seriously great fun!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    A disappointment after reading her other books (I loved Get Well Soon and It Ended Badly, and I plan to read anything new that she writes). There were some great lines/moments, but overall it was too superficial. It seems like this was an early book for her, and she’s clearly evolved into a much stronger author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Very funny and tongue-in-cheek

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kit

    This was sooooo gooooood.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    Mildly entertaining, but quite forgettable. Reads like a Pinterest board filled with quotes and memes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Bossing 2021

    Part agony aunt, part history, all witty and intelligent. I learned a lot about some very cool women and maybe also about relationships too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Corin

    A little history, a little perspective, and a lot of fun!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Trina Evans

    I loved this book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was a fun, cute book that was deliciously feminist. Ending up googling a few women because they were so cool! Fun art, set up in a fun way (like advise columns) quick read

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Full of somewhat dubious advice, but I loved the format and illustrations.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Pulignani

    Interesting

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Review and rating soon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This book is exactly what I needed to celebrate International Women's Day this year. Extremely funny and deeply inspirational. Gave me tons of ideas for next readings. Depicting not a perfect but rather a perfectly honest portrait of historical women who are flawed, yes, but human and empowered and empowering. Also, I did not know some of those wonderful women so this was a very enlightening reading. This book is exactly what I needed to celebrate International Women's Day this year. Extremely funny and deeply inspirational. Gave me tons of ideas for next readings. Depicting not a perfect but rather a perfectly honest portrait of historical women who are flawed, yes, but human and empowered and empowering. Also, I did not know some of those wonderful women so this was a very enlightening reading.

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