Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Jia writes about the cultural prisms that have shaped her: the rise of the ni Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surfa...

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Title:Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
Author:Jia Tolentino
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0525510540
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:303 pages pages

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Reviews

  • Oriana
    May 31, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

  • Kelly
    Aug 15, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

  • Blair
    Jul 04, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

  • Jaime
    Aug 04, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

  • Nicola
    Aug 19, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

  • Maxwell
    Sep 07, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

  • Ash
    Dec 04, 2018

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

  • Thomas
    Sep 01, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

  • Melanie
    Mar 17, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

  • Sarah
    Apr 18, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

  • Bailey
    Apr 30, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

    There was a solid year where I would find a random New Yorker floating around the office at my job and read an incredible article that blew me away, only to look at the byline and see the same name, repeated over and over again: Jia Tolentino. With nine brand new essays written exclusi...

    3.5 stars -- I am bumping this up a half star for the moments of charm and personal stylistic flair that shine through from time to time in this collection. In general, this is a perfectly enjoyable essay collection for those interested in topics surrounding pop culture, media, and gen...

    This was an engaging collection of essays, sharp and entertaining and I found the time flew while reading them. I appreciate a collection that can traverse topics like Soul Cycle and wedding culture, but that can also hold my interest when talking about agency in narratives, politics, ...

    Jia Tolentino has been the realest deal for a while and this book cements it. She's like Cheryl Strayed's intensely empathetic understanding of humanity meets what it means to be a millennial (remember, we are aged 25-38 now), and the connections she makes are affirming and scorching a...

  • Barry Pierce
    Aug 21, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Aug 01, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

    There was a solid year where I would find a random New Yorker floating around the office at my job and read an incredible article that blew me away, only to look at the byline and see the same name, repeated over and over again: Jia Tolentino. With nine brand new essays written exclusi...

    3.5 stars -- I am bumping this up a half star for the moments of charm and personal stylistic flair that shine through from time to time in this collection. In general, this is a perfectly enjoyable essay collection for those interested in topics surrounding pop culture, media, and gen...

    This was an engaging collection of essays, sharp and entertaining and I found the time flew while reading them. I appreciate a collection that can traverse topics like Soul Cycle and wedding culture, but that can also hold my interest when talking about agency in narratives, politics, ...

  • Perry
    Aug 07, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

  • BookOfCinz
    Sep 12, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

  • Fatma
    Sep 10, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

    There was a solid year where I would find a random New Yorker floating around the office at my job and read an incredible article that blew me away, only to look at the byline and see the same name, repeated over and over again: Jia Tolentino. With nine brand new essays written exclusi...

    3.5 stars -- I am bumping this up a half star for the moments of charm and personal stylistic flair that shine through from time to time in this collection. In general, this is a perfectly enjoyable essay collection for those interested in topics surrounding pop culture, media, and gen...

    This was an engaging collection of essays, sharp and entertaining and I found the time flew while reading them. I appreciate a collection that can traverse topics like Soul Cycle and wedding culture, but that can also hold my interest when talking about agency in narratives, politics, ...

    Jia Tolentino has been the realest deal for a while and this book cements it. She's like Cheryl Strayed's intensely empathetic understanding of humanity meets what it means to be a millennial (remember, we are aged 25-38 now), and the connections she makes are affirming and scorching a...

    3.5 stars Thought-provoking, nuanced, well-written?Tolentino clearly knows what she's talking about. My favourite essay of hers was definitely "The Cult of the Difficult Woman." It did an excellent job of questioning taken-for-granted assumptions behind feminism?that wide-ra...

  • Andrew
    Aug 31, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

  • Alanna Why
    Aug 17, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

    There was a solid year where I would find a random New Yorker floating around the office at my job and read an incredible article that blew me away, only to look at the byline and see the same name, repeated over and over again: Jia Tolentino. With nine brand new essays written exclusi...

  • David Wineberg
    May 29, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

  • Michael
    Aug 10, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

  • Kusaimamekirai
    Aug 16, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

    There was a solid year where I would find a random New Yorker floating around the office at my job and read an incredible article that blew me away, only to look at the byline and see the same name, repeated over and over again: Jia Tolentino. With nine brand new essays written exclusi...

    3.5 stars -- I am bumping this up a half star for the moments of charm and personal stylistic flair that shine through from time to time in this collection. In general, this is a perfectly enjoyable essay collection for those interested in topics surrounding pop culture, media, and gen...

    This was an engaging collection of essays, sharp and entertaining and I found the time flew while reading them. I appreciate a collection that can traverse topics like Soul Cycle and wedding culture, but that can also hold my interest when talking about agency in narratives, politics, ...

    Jia Tolentino has been the realest deal for a while and this book cements it. She's like Cheryl Strayed's intensely empathetic understanding of humanity meets what it means to be a millennial (remember, we are aged 25-38 now), and the connections she makes are affirming and scorching a...

    3.5 stars Thought-provoking, nuanced, well-written?Tolentino clearly knows what she's talking about. My favourite essay of hers was definitely "The Cult of the Difficult Woman." It did an excellent job of questioning taken-for-granted assumptions behind feminism?that wide-ra...

    I wrote a more polished Goodreads review because I had a lot to say and am frankly kind of lonely and I wanted to put my thoughts somewhere other than Into The Void, where they usually go. Reading the press about Trick Mirror, I?ve heard lots of writers describe Jia Tolentino as ...

    There is so much to say here. Jia Tolentino's "Trick Mirror" is at times an incredibly insightful, lucid, and powerful critique of social media, the wedding industry, reality tv, women in children's fiction, self improvement culture, and so, so much more. It is hard not to be incred...

  • Hannah
    Sep 15, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

  • Lou
    Aug 07, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

  • Never Without a Book™
    Aug 05, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

    There was a solid year where I would find a random New Yorker floating around the office at my job and read an incredible article that blew me away, only to look at the byline and see the same name, repeated over and over again: Jia Tolentino. With nine brand new essays written exclusi...

    3.5 stars -- I am bumping this up a half star for the moments of charm and personal stylistic flair that shine through from time to time in this collection. In general, this is a perfectly enjoyable essay collection for those interested in topics surrounding pop culture, media, and gen...

    This was an engaging collection of essays, sharp and entertaining and I found the time flew while reading them. I appreciate a collection that can traverse topics like Soul Cycle and wedding culture, but that can also hold my interest when talking about agency in narratives, politics, ...

    Jia Tolentino has been the realest deal for a while and this book cements it. She's like Cheryl Strayed's intensely empathetic understanding of humanity meets what it means to be a millennial (remember, we are aged 25-38 now), and the connections she makes are affirming and scorching a...

    3.5 stars Thought-provoking, nuanced, well-written?Tolentino clearly knows what she's talking about. My favourite essay of hers was definitely "The Cult of the Difficult Woman." It did an excellent job of questioning taken-for-granted assumptions behind feminism?that wide-ra...

    I wrote a more polished Goodreads review because I had a lot to say and am frankly kind of lonely and I wanted to put my thoughts somewhere other than Into The Void, where they usually go. Reading the press about Trick Mirror, I?ve heard lots of writers describe Jia Tolentino as ...

    There is so much to say here. Jia Tolentino's "Trick Mirror" is at times an incredibly insightful, lucid, and powerful critique of social media, the wedding industry, reality tv, women in children's fiction, self improvement culture, and so, so much more. It is hard not to be incred...

    Jia Tolentino is a bad ass! I have nothing negative to say about this collection. I LOVED IT!!! I highly recommend. ...

  • Conor
    Aug 18, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

  • Claire Reads Books
    Apr 23, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

  • Alice
    Apr 10, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

  • Natasha
    Aug 06, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

    There was a solid year where I would find a random New Yorker floating around the office at my job and read an incredible article that blew me away, only to look at the byline and see the same name, repeated over and over again: Jia Tolentino. With nine brand new essays written exclusi...

    3.5 stars -- I am bumping this up a half star for the moments of charm and personal stylistic flair that shine through from time to time in this collection. In general, this is a perfectly enjoyable essay collection for those interested in topics surrounding pop culture, media, and gen...

    This was an engaging collection of essays, sharp and entertaining and I found the time flew while reading them. I appreciate a collection that can traverse topics like Soul Cycle and wedding culture, but that can also hold my interest when talking about agency in narratives, politics, ...

    Jia Tolentino has been the realest deal for a while and this book cements it. She's like Cheryl Strayed's intensely empathetic understanding of humanity meets what it means to be a millennial (remember, we are aged 25-38 now), and the connections she makes are affirming and scorching a...

    3.5 stars Thought-provoking, nuanced, well-written?Tolentino clearly knows what she's talking about. My favourite essay of hers was definitely "The Cult of the Difficult Woman." It did an excellent job of questioning taken-for-granted assumptions behind feminism?that wide-ra...

    I wrote a more polished Goodreads review because I had a lot to say and am frankly kind of lonely and I wanted to put my thoughts somewhere other than Into The Void, where they usually go. Reading the press about Trick Mirror, I?ve heard lots of writers describe Jia Tolentino as ...

  • Jiaqi
    Aug 17, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

  • Mara
    Jul 28, 2019

    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me. ...

    4.5 stars I have to start this review by sharing that when I finished the last essay of Trick Mirror, ?I Thee Dread,? I literally started clapping and whisper screaming ?oh my god, Jia really did that? and ?ugh, queen of delivering a fatal blow to the capitalist patriarcha...

    Lucid and enlightening, the essays of Jia Tolentino?s debut collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion consider what it means for Millennial women to navigate a culture of spectacle, scam, and oppression. In sharp prose across nine essays Tolentino takes on everything from...

    Recently my rad friend B and I got into it about Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist, which I loudly do not like. B argued that it was wrong of me to judge it so harshly because I was not taking into account the deep biases I bring to my own reading. I remain unrepentant because those essays ar...

    I don't know if I?m going to have the time to write about this in the depth I would like, so I will just say that I finished Trick Mirror feeling I?d probably read any article Jia Tolentino writes about any topic, and I?d definitely read her memoirs. The personal stories woven th...

    I enjoy Tolentino's writing a lot. The standout essay to me is still "Ecstasy" which I read back when it came out in the New Yorker earlier this year. Some of her ideas are left a bit unexamined, in my view. They were more explanatory than critical, so as a primer in contemporary topic...

    I really loved this. I?ve been reading Jia Tolentino?s stuff ever since she started at Jezebel- we?re roughly the same age and she got assigned stuff I was guaranteed to click on, so I?ve read a fair amount. Some of her NYer pieces were even better, after she was freed from nee...

    This is an incredibly strong essay collection, brought down by a first essay that did not work for me and made picking this back up difficult for me. But once I finished that first essay, Jia Tolentino gives the reader an incredibly well-structured and presented collection. I know why ...

    RTC. An essay collection that's Fresh, Brilliant, Cerebrally Stimulating and Boundary-Expanding (for this Gen-X male, to be sure). The New Yorker has to be proud to have Jia Tolento as its millennial cultural critic. For the first time since I do not recall when, I am fired...

    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but ...

    If the attendees of my gay book club and various members of grouptexts are any indication, the Jia hype is for real. She has become something of a tribune for the millennial generation: funny and razor sharp, introspective and curious, she writes in a way that very often feels inspired...

    I feel awful terrible giving such a low review because i was so so so excited for this to the point where I refused to read any press so I could have a pure unmediated experience... but only like 3 of the essays in here were good: the ones where she reflects on her own life. Which is f...

    Fantastic ? The nine essays in this razor-sharp collection circle around the notions of identity and the self that have become all-important and inescapable in the Internet era. With remarkable clarity and her formidable intellect, Tolentino highlights the distortions and self-delusi...

    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin. ...

    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the w...

    Trick Mirror is both a timely and relevant book featuring essays with more heart, soul, power and FIRE in their words than any other work of nonfiction I have enjoyed in 2019. Talented New Yorker Tolentino shows promise in terms of following in the incredibly successful footsteps of wr...

    Read my review on my blog: https://wp.me/pap9II-1r ...

    Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror is particularly difficult to review. It failed me, but I know with total certainty that it will be praised as precious in many quarters. So I have to appreciate it for what it is, and not what it didn?t do for me. It will appeal to a large and specific ...

    A bit of a mixed bag. Highlights: The first essay, The I in Internet, is excellent. Always Be Optimizing had some great ideas but a bit circular and seemed to be holding something back. The personal experience essays, Reality TV Me and Ecstacy were diverting enough, I enj...

    Trick Mirror is the perfect commentary on the twenty-first century- two thumbs up! I devoured Jia Tolentino?s Trick Mirror I was blown away by the writing and how well thought out each essay is. It is clear that Tolentino?s fingers are on the pulse of today?s culture from ...

    I?m not sure I get the hype about Tolentino. Many times, I wanted to scream GET TO THE POINT with these essays. She goes off on tangents and reading this became more of an exercise in perseverance than anything else. I?d give it 2.5 stars but rounded up. ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Tolentino's breadth of knowledge is impressive, and her essays are fluid, assured and (often) insightful. Particularly strong are "The I in the Internet," which outlines how social media has distorted our sense of scale and reality, and "The Cult o...

    There was a solid year where I would find a random New Yorker floating around the office at my job and read an incredible article that blew me away, only to look at the byline and see the same name, repeated over and over again: Jia Tolentino. With nine brand new essays written exclusi...

    3.5 stars -- I am bumping this up a half star for the moments of charm and personal stylistic flair that shine through from time to time in this collection. In general, this is a perfectly enjoyable essay collection for those interested in topics surrounding pop culture, media, and gen...