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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atria / 37 INK (Feb. 10 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476749051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476749051
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I loved this book. Issa Rae is brilliant, funny and loveably awkward.” (Mindy Kaling Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?)

"If you like Awkward and love Black. Or love Awkward and like Black. Or if you're like me and just can't get enough of Awkward and Black in equal doses, then you will love love love Issa Rae and her Awkward Black Girl tales of Awkward Black Girlishness. That wasn't too awkward was it?" (Larry Wilmore The Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and host of Minority Report)

About the Author

With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered more than twenty-five million views and more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes “30 Under 30” list twice and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds, and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy, Insecure, for HBO. Issa has received national attention with major media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, Elle, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Fast Company, MSNBC, Essence, and more.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 126 reviews
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of brilliant! Feb. 24 2015
By Tiffany Tyler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn't easy."

I remember sitting in an airport a few months ago while waiting to board a flight to Houston and I decided to start this book and I am so happy that I did. In the past I watched a few episodes of Issa's show on YouTube so I was quite interested in learning more about her as a woman. I will say without a doubt that she is one of the few humans living on this planet that is completely honest with her self-esteem issues and it is all done with humor.

"Food is my destination, my journey, my reward, my friend - if only my metabolism matched that of the skinny, crackhead-bodied girls of my high school. How lucky they were!"

See, what she just did here??? We all love food, but we are brainwashed by the media that we shouldn't admit it. Issa has no problem admitting just how much she loved to eat but she infused some humor in there as well. This is pretty much the tone of the book.

While most of the book has humorous undertones, there are sections that are quite serious. As a black woman, here is my favorite passage from the book:

"I love being black; that's not a problem. The problem is that I don't want to always talk about it because honestly, talking about being "black" is extremely tiring. I don't know how Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson do it. I know why Cornel West and Tavis Smiley do it. They love the attention and the groupies. But the rest of these people who talk, think and breathe race every single day - how? Just how? Aren't they exhausted?"

I swear it is like Issa knows some of my innermost thoughts! And, with her not being afraid to share her perspective on things such as food, lotion, hair, and black leaders it allows some of us to know we aren't alone in what goes through our brain. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is nothing short of brilliant. It will make you laugh out loud, it will make you think, and it will help make you feel more comfortable sharing your innermost thoughts because you now know you are not alone!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The joys of eating alone March 6 2015
By Dr. Wilson Trivino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
- Issa Rae is an accomplished woman, a Stanford grad, a first generation American, and an articulate woman. On the surface she would seem to have it all together, but in her memoir she candidly shares her misgivings. In The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae tackles some defining moments in her life. From her early entry into the cyber world with a dial up modem, to finding her identity, and dealing with the bi-cultural world between American and her family roots in Senegal.
This book is an outgrowth of her web series by the same name and her countless commentary on social media. It gives the reader to take a deeper look at Issa Rae and her awkwardness.
The book reads like a string of journal entries, but in it there are bits of compassionate self-discovery episodes. One was dealing being a child of divorce and then as an adult being a bit more understanding of her parents situation.
She is a constant flow of self-reflection and candid perspective.
I first came Issa’s world on her book tour stop in Atlanta. The full house at the Woodruff Auditorium knew her message was striking a cord with a room full of “awkward” black women. Blackness is really immaterial because we all are awkward in our own way and part of life’s lesson is that that same awkwardness is what makes each of us special human beings.
This book is fun and full of modern adventure.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Thumbs Up... March 9 2015
By Audrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My introduction to Issa Rae and the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl occurred via Facebook during early
September of 2011. Nonetheless, it was my first time watching and enjoying a narrative from a web series that
centered on a likable African-American woman, who seemed universal and relatable to all within urban
and popular culture. Moreover, it has been awesome to observe Issa Rae find her niche, all the while expanding
her unique brand in various ways.

Like many of her supporting fans, I had been greatly anticipating the release of Issa Rae’s debut memoir,
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. There is much to love about this book, down to the very cover with
Issa being depicted as a supershero. I knew this book would offer a wonderful and insightful story, and reading
Issa’s memoir felt like reading her journal or at least being inside her head. I enjoy Issa's wit and humor, and
often laughed aloud rather frequently. I even spoke back to the text as if it could hear me. I sympathized with
several scenarios within Issa's journey. It was also great to learn new things about Issa’s former life and background,
including her beautiful heritage.

Last but not least, I would recommend that anyone reading this review to add this title to your book collection,
regardless of your persuasion. This book is not just for the awkward Black girl, but for anyone who enjoys culture,
candid stories on growing pains, and most of all, laughing. Issa, congratulations on all your much deserved success,
thank you for having the courage to be you, and for learning to embrace your authentic self, inspiring us all.

Much love,

Audrey Rae
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great content . . . not so great editing April 11 2015
By T. - Published on Amazon.com
I am a professional editor so maybe I am bit more critical than the average reader. It is very disappointing to have a fresh and interesting voice like Issa Rae get lost in clunky prose that is repetitive and disorganized. In the right hands this would have been a five star book. There are two competing books here. One is an engaging coming of age story about a second generation Senegalese girl. The other book consists of tidbits and scenarios similar to the ABG show. This book would work better if it followed the compelling narrative of Rae's life first and foremost. A separate ABG addendum or full book would have been better than shoehorning that content in between chapters. Issa Rae is a great and funny voice though so it is an enjoyable read in spite of the subpar editing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, funny, insightful, and raw April 13 2016
By Sonia Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I feel like Issa Rae and I should be bestirs now - seems like I k is so much about her!

I so enjoyed the stories, the honesty, the humor, and a rare look into the myriad of influences that shaped Issa Rae into the artist we see and love today.

Couldn't put the book now, and would love to read more from her.

She helps me be even more comfortable with my awkwardness :)