In the best-selling tradition of Sloan Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, here is 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.
©2015 Issa Rae (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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"I love Issa Rae"
There were definitely laugh out loud moments in this book. Overall it's a good read/listen. Can't wait to see you on HBO!
"Awkward Girls Alike"
I loved this book!! just like her YouTube series it was funny, entertaining, and oh so relatable. Issa reading the book gave it such a personal touch and made me feel like I was have a conversation with one of the girls. I look forward to more content from her. Good luck Issa!! I'm a proud fan.
"Let's do that again!"
Even though I should be writing a paper right now, this is the first book I've read cover to cover in one day in a long time. Loved it! Thank you Ms. Diop for inviting me into your life! You get me.
I loved the book from start to finish, while reading I found my self relating often to the author. Definitely worth the time. Looking forward to future works.
"I hear myself in nearly every chapter."
I love your writing. You have truly inspired me to look at my own co-workers lol and write again. Thank you.
"Once again, black gals rock!!!"
I absolutely loved this book! Issa and I have more in common than I realized!! I am a total fan😆
Funny, relatable, fast
Her voice & tone are real and bring the character to life.
Must read if born in the 80s!
"The show was great and so is the book!"
I have been a fan of ABG for years. I am sure the Audible is much more enjoyable than reading the book. Issa is being Issa, in her classically awkward and smart wittily manner.
One of my new favorite books! I laughed and cried while listening to Issa Rae's story. She's so brilliant and funny! I related to her in so many ways and I am grateful to have come across this inspirational book. I am truly rooting for her and she has made me even more of a fan. I would recommend this book not just for awkward black girls like myself but anyone who wants to listen to an intelligent young women's take on her life and journey.
"Big Issa Rae fan"
I had no problem listening to and enjoying myself with this audible. Clear and smooth transitions and flowed nicely. Hoping she keeps the awkward movement going and her overall flow of creativity.
"Quirky fun relatable"
Loved it. Issa put into what's what I couldn't articulate about the awkward moments in life. Thoroughly enjoyed. Genuinely laughed. Recommend for anyone. You definitely do not have to be black either.
Great Narrative and brilliantly performed!!!
Felt like you are listening to one of your friends, fabulous.
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