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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Hardcover – Feb 10 2015
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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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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