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Obviously

Stories from My Timeline
Narrated by: Akilah Hughes
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Publisher's Summary

"A refreshingly funny and blisteringly unsentimental coming-of-age memoir." (John Green, number one New York Times best-selling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars)

In Akilah Hughes' world, family - and life - are often complicated, but always funny. Through intimate and hilarious essays, Akilah takes listeners along on her journey from the small Kentucky town where she was born - and eventually became a spelling bee champ and 15-year-old high school graduate - to New York City, where she took careful steps to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer and performer.

Like Tiffany Haddish's The Last Black Unicorn or Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for the YA set, Akilah pens revealing and laugh-out-loud funny essays about her life, covering everything from her racist fifth-grade teacher, her struggles with weight and acne, her failed attempts at joining the cheerleading team, how to literally get to New York (hint: For a girl on a budget, it may include multiple bus transfers), and exactly how to "make it" once you finally get there.

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  • Wilbeaux
  • 01-01-2020

Obviously

Obviously it’s amazing.. it’s Akilah Hughes! The audiobook is definitely the right option if you’re doubting yourself.

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  • Danielle Robertson Rath | GreenEyedGuide
  • 25-06-2020

So you want to be a better ally: start here

I picked this book because I've come to appreciate Akilah's work on the Crooked Media podcast "What a Day". Akilah, herself, mentioned this book among others people should read to become a better BLM ally and to gain a small sliver of insight into the racism black women experience on a regular basis.
I enjoyed the vulnerability, the honesty, and the humor. This is a great read and I am glad Akilah shared her stories.

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  • Sophie Marie
  • 03-06-2020

Funny, smart, and entertaining!

I’ve been a fan of Akilah since the beginning of her YouTube fame, but I didn’t know much of her back story. It was great to learn more about her life from childhood to the present with each essay. She isn’t afraid to go there and share both her highs and lows. Akilah is a great story teller and she narrates in a way that allows the listener to feel all the emotions. Very well done.

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  • Ryan Diendorf
  • 03-03-2020

Akilah fucking rules. Obviously.

see above ( this had to be at least 15 characters, and I'm not worthy )

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  • Kasee L. Kozel
  • 16-02-2020

Read this please, is good!

My time listening to this flew by! Hughes storytelling is engaging, funny & sincere. I looked forward to each chapter as she told her story. When it ended, I yelled, "That's it?!" forgetting the length the book. I want to hear more from Akilah Hughes as her story continues.

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  • T. Cornelius
  • 01-01-2020

Black Girl Magic At Work

I loved the honest storytelling and comedic timing of the book. Akilah's narration was smooth and I laughed and cried.

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  • SRG
  • 10-10-2019

Ifyouarereadingthisbookisawesome!

I enjoyed reading Akilah’s timeline. It is always enlightening to learn that some life lessons are mutual. I loved the humor, positivity, and real ness of her life experiences. I recommend this book to all diverse backgrounds because everyone could learn from Akilah’s spectrum of experiences. She truly gets turning lemon into lemonade! Happy reading!😃

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-2020

Akilah is funny, impressive, and basically Oprah.

Obviously you need to read this book about the real life spelling bee champion named Akilah.

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  • Austin Cy
  • 07-01-2020

starts slow then so funny!

definitely worth the listen but can bypass beginning if time limited. Don't miss this book

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  • Tiffany M.
  • 25-09-2019

Funny, witty, and creative

This book was so easy to listen to! It was a quick “read” and funny and wonderful! Raw, real, and vulnerable! Hopefully we see the next chapters of her timeline!

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  • Sam Harrison
  • 07-08-2020

Poorly written, poorly performed....obviously

Truly Awful. Don't waste your time with this, life is too short. That is all.

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  • Mrs E Watson
  • 18-11-2019

Dagnammit, Akilah! Excellent book

I wanted to savour the book but ended up gorging on it. Very well written and filled with such wonderful anecdotes.