The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

eBook - 2015
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"In the bestselling tradition of Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous essays on what it's like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and Black as cool. My name is 'J' and I'm awkward--and Black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start? Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn't easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert--whether she's navigating love, work, friendships, or 'rapping'--it sure is entertaining. Now, in this debut collection of essays written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself--natural hair and all. A reflection on her own unique experiences as a cyber pioneer yet universally appealing, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one--awkward or cool, black, white, or other--will want to miss"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books/37 Ink, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015
ISBN: 9781476749099
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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JCLKarynH May 21, 2018

Issa Rae is just as awkward and funny in this book as she is in her HBO series, "Insecure," and her web series, "Awkward Black Girl." She is a rising star in the comedy world.

Feb 20, 2018

Enjoyable overall; I skipped a few sections here and there.

Aug 17, 2017

Rae currently has the show "Insecure" on HBO. You also might like Phoebe Robinson's "You Can't Touch My Hair."

Dec 27, 2016

"Where Samson found strength in his locks, I shed them to find mine."

I decided to read Issa Rae's book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl after seeing several posts on social media about her new HBO show, Insecure. Given her rising popularity in tv & film production, I was interested in learning more about her, specifically how she got to where she is today. Sadly, I have never watched any episode of Insecure or her popular YouTube series after which this book was named. However, that didn't negatively impact my ability to appreciate her story, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I thought it was very funny (I literally laugh aloud several times) and well-written. I love the book's "I know this sounds crazy but I'm so serious" tone. It was refreshing for a memoir (this is a memoir right?); and in my opinion, it works in her favor.

Overall, I'm glad that I read her book despite not having watched any of her on-screen work. Issa Rae is obviously a very ambitous and creative woman that wants to carve out her own path in television. If nothing else, read it for a good laugh.

Jul 13, 2016

I guess I'm not exactly the intended audience for this book but that only goes to show that 'genre' is a lot more fluid than one might think. I really enjoyed the essays here. They seem light and witty on the surface but many of them hold a much deeper feeling, especially when she writes about her parents.


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