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Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

 
 The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl 
Author: Issa Rae
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Audiobook: 5 hours and 49 minutes
Narrator: Issa Rae
Source: Purchased from Audible
http://amzn.to/1CJF597

Book Description

In the bestselling tradition of Sloan 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.

Review

I really like this book!  Have you ever read a book and thought "OH MY GOD!  They are talking about me."  My book club selected this book for the month of March with the theme of Inspirational Woman and yes I was inspired.  
Issa Rae started out as a regular girl who quickly found out that being Black and Awkward were a disadvantage but she made each of them her personal asset.  
This book is full of great quotes, great persective on race, and a funny sense of humor that made me laugh out loud in the car.  Awkward I know!
Yes!  I can relate because I am Awkward and I am Black.  I love the parts of the story were she talks about her childhood and her relationship to food.  Say what!  I am not the only one who thinks about breakfast while eating dinner and is in the mist of a love/hate with my hair.  There were just so so many things in this book that could have easily applied to me and my life.  I kept thinking.."No way!  Me toooo!"  Her quotes just crack m up.

“His face looked like God said, “I just . . . I can’t. I’m tired. Let me see what I can do with these leftovers.”

So why is there a star missing.  Well, the ending!  It just ended.  Just like Mindy Kaling's book "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" I feel like they are just at the good part of their lives and they have so much more to tell.  So it just ends...for now.  I mean Issa is a rising star and the book is great but when she is 10 to 15 years down the road she will have more to say and write about.  I hope!  I am looking forward to reading more from her. 

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Recommendations

I recommend this book to older readers due to the language and some sexual content.

Challenges

 This book is number 12 in my Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge
This book is number 13 in my New to Me Author Reading Challenge
This book is number 9 in my Audiobook Reading Challenge
This book is Mocha Girls Read Book of the Month

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