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Book Review: The Misadventures of The Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

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The Misadventures of The Awkward Black Girl

Source: Issa Rae

Plot Summary: Issa Rae, creator of the hit web-series The Misadventures of The Awkward Black Girldiscusses her life while giving advice to those who are awkward.

My Review: One of the best things about this book is how honest and relatable it is. Issa Rae recalls awkward moments that anyone can relate to, such as not being able to dance and becoming comfortable with eating by yourself. In fact, she is so honest that she shows the same wry sense of humor found in the web series for which this book is named. A favorite line that made me laugh out loud was “If I could go back in time and slap all the idiocy out my mouth, I would be a busy time-traveler.”

Besides its honesty and relatability, the book also gives solid advice on things like how to deal with different types of co-workers and how to deal with questions and statements about your hair. The advice is practical and a good mix of serious and humorous. For instance, one of the responses to the question “How did you get your hair like that?” is the coy response, “I woke up like this.”

In addition to the advice and humor, Issa Rae also has her serious moments. Much of it is poignant, especially when she discusses her family. At the same time, her serious moments are also inspirational, especially when she reveals a couple of life-changing revelations that would led to the creation of the Awkward Black Girl web series. One revelation that gives the reader something to think about is the need for diverse representation in the media.

Overall, this was a funny and comforting book. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the web series The Misadventures of The Awkward Black Girl.

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Written by Serena Zola

February 17, 2015 at 9:07 PM

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