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Publisher's Summary

From The New York Times best-selling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? comes a fun, frank book of reflections, essays, and interviews on topics important to young women, ranging from politics and career to motherhood, sisterhood, and making and sustaining relationships of all kinds in the age of social media.

Alyssa Mastromonaco is back with a bold, no-nonsense, and no-holds-barred 21st-century girl's guide to life, tackling the highs and lows of bodies, politics, relationships, moms, education, life on the internet, and pop culture. Whether discussing Barbra Streisand or The Bachelor, working in the West Wing or working on finding a wing woman, Alyssa leaves no stone unturned...and no awkward situation unexamined.

Like her best seller Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, So Here's the Thing... brings a sharp eye and outsize sense of humor to the myriad issues facing women the world over, both in and out of the workplace. Along with Alyssa's personal experiences and hard-won life lessons, interviews with women like Monica Lewinsky, Susan Rice, and Chelsea Handler round out this modern woman's guide to, well, just about everything you can think of.

©2019 Alyssa Mastromonaco and Lauren Oyler (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"My favorite thing about Alyssa's books is knowing someone as normal as the rest of us can work in the most prestigious positions in the world and do it with a sense of humor and self-deprecation. We could all do with more of both. Read it, and laugh." (Chelsea Handler, number one New York Times best-selling author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea)

"[F]or young women with dreams of working in the White House, there's nothing bland about Mastromonaco's story. Her audiobook narration sounds like a quirky, successful girlfriend offering unsolicited, occasionally useful, always funny life and career advice.... [She] comes off as spunky and down-to-earth, describing how she went from babysitter and grocery-store bagger to political director for then-Senator Obama." (The New York Times Book Review)

"A moving, funny, and sometimes heart-wrenching look back at the years [Alyssa Mastromonaco] spent in politics and by [President Obama's] side. A must-read for anybody who's even remotely interested in how Washington works, but is worth reading for anyone who enjoys brilliant wit and once-in-a-lifetime stories...you'll probably end up reading it more than once." (PopSugar.com)

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Quick Enjoyable Listen

If you enjoy the author's honest and don't give a darn attitude, you'll enjoy this quick listen. I read her first myself but really enjoyed listening to her narrate her own story.

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Amazing book

I was so intrigued and captivated the entire time. I would highly recommend this book.

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If you don’t have an older sister

Alyssa takes the role of cool older sister here. If you have an older sister this book is not for you. If you are over the age of 25 this book is not for you.
It was a nice, fun read to delve into her life a bit more - she is an awesome human being.

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Sorry cant do this

I read Alyssa's first book and I enjoyed it even though she bounced back and forth chronologically. however this book seems to be random thoughts, memories and musings. when she started talking about her recreational drug use (on top of her IBS and her tampons). I couldn't stand it anymore. I try to be open minded but somethings are just TMI. I think she is a brillant gal, she has had a great career and i wish her the best.

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Smiles, wisdom and belly laughs

This was a wonderful way to spend a day. Tasteful, honest and wise. Alyssa's vantage point is refreshing and just makes you just feel good. Very relatable. She has the courage, humility and humor to tackle some important and oft ignored topics. Lot's of laugh-out-loud moments. It was a great reminder not to take ourselves too seriously and that we are all fabulous.

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Light and funny

I like to pretend that AM and I are best friends and this book let me do that. 🤣

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funny, honest, and enjoyable

This was such a fun book, it made me feel less alone in the world.

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

Makes you yearn for the Obama years again. Obama did have all the best people.

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Snarky and Fun

Alyssa is one of those people you'd like to "pal" around with...she is funny, witty and a bit snarky. Great listen on my way to LA.

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Great audible! Funny and heartfelt

Born to be a writer/narrator. Can’t wait for the next one! 5 stars for both books.

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