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I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual Paperback – September 13, 2016
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―Judith Newman, The New York Times
"This truth-riot of a book gives us everything from hilarious lectures on the bad behavior all around us to razor sharp essays on media and culture. With I’m Judging You, Luvvie brilliantly puts the world on notice that she is not here for your foolishness ― or mine."
―Shonda Rhimes, New York Times bestselling author of Year of Yes and executive producer of Scandal and Grey's Anatomy
"I don't know how Luvvie Ajayi got so smart so young about so many things, from feminism to social media, from the pervasiveness of rape culture to the excellence of Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits. I'm just grateful she has chosen to share her wisdom with the rest of us in this warm and witty book. The world is going to love it!"
―Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Best Friends Forever
"You will love Luvvie Ajayi's I'm Judging You, and you will argue with it, laugh hysterically at it, shout "AW HELL YES" at it, and carry parts of it in your heart to dissect or inspire...Perfect for starting important and meaty discussions about all of the topics your mama told you never to bring up at polite dinner parties...religion, race, relationships, reality tv. Read the book. Have the discussions. You'll be better for it."
―Jenny Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy
“I’m Judging You is whip-smart, take-no-prisoners hilarious.”
“Humor writing at its best. . . . A truth serum tempered with the bite of laugh.”
“Luvvie Ajayi calls out everybody on their bad behavior . . . but she does it with such a light and funny touch that you can’t help but laugh even as you learn.”
“Hilarious and perceptive.”
“The ultimate handbook on the dos and don’ts of socially navigating the digital era. Brilliantly witty and heartful.”
“Reflects Ajayi’s spunky personality and hilarious commentary.”
―The Huffington Post
"A smart, vividly humorous handbook...Overall, [Ajayi's] “do-better” calls for us to reclaim common sense, compassion, and critical thinking, in both personal and online interactions. Astute and timely advice, wittily presented."
―Booklist, starred review
"By exposing the uncool, unwashed underbelly of American society, Ajayi's essays force readers to reconsider their stances on a variety of issues, including social media and the public airing of everything, celebrities, sex tapes, the various types of friendships one might have, feminism, religion. Be prepared for some laughs, but also be prepared to think and confront tougher issues."
"Ajayi writes with humor and intelligence about a range of topics . . . . Her honesty makes the book worth reading."
"I could NOT stop laughing. Luvvie has a way of tapping into the universal things that make us all suck at being people. EVERY person needs to keep I'm Judging You on them at all times just to avoid being terrible. I know I will."
―Issa Rae, author of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
"When I heard Luvvie was writing a book, I knew the following things would happen as surely as day follows night: I would read it, and I would love it...Luvvie is correct about more things more often than any single human woman has the right to be, and has the most stylish and deft command of language this side of P.G. Wodehouse. I like her immensely for it, and I wish I could read I'm Judging You for the first time again. I have been chided by the best, and I love it.
―Mallory Ortberg, bestselling author of Texts from Jane Eyre
"I'm Judging You is a brilliant, laugh-out-loud manual for the generation that can configure a wireless router but still hasn't realized social media is not the place for child support issues. It's the tough and tender love letter everyone should be forced to read before they take their first selfie."
―Angela Nissel, author of The Broke Diaries and Mixed
About the Author
Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer, pop culture critic, and professional troublemaker who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. She is the person who often says what you're thinking but dared not to because you have a filter and a job to protect. She is also a digital strategist, noted speaker and Executive Director of The Red Pump Project, a national HIV/AIDS organization.
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I discovered Luvvie Ajayi through people I enjoy online—people who make think, make me laugh, and who help me find new perspective. Luvvie kept coming up as a voice of reason and so I'd click over to her blog and find myself in stitches at her take on everything from tv shows to politics. Her book is more of the same. She calls people out on nonsense, and she includes herself in that calling out. We can all do better, but you can't do better than this book. It's that good!
Do not read if you were one of those glad that To Kill A Mockingbird was removed from schools as it made people uncomfortable. Luvvie hits on rape culture, white privilege, and a host of other elements including how feminism is often eating itself as it generally only pulls together for white women who are shocked when people of other cultures and nationalities aren't behind them.
Sadly, in the year 2017, she could quickly make a sequel to this book that would have even more examples drawn from the real world.
Throughout it all through her writing style maintains it's humor and entertaining value with no apologies. Well done and a solid read.
Luvvie Ajayi has written a book that covers some of the many social issues we have faced, are currently confronting or even reading about. No topic is off limits here. She addresses the issue of reality tv and the consumers' indulgence in it; she addresses the issue of race and why other races may not fully understand the struggles of the minorities until they either befriend the minority or voluntarily opt to walk in their shoes; she even addresses the issue of sexual harassment and the mistreatment of women.
Ajayi presents these issues in a way that does not overtly offend, but alerts readers to the fact the issues exists and that we should not pretend they do not. Each topic is addressed in length. I mean, seriously, the topics were pretty lengthy and repetitive and this should not be the case.
Ajayi's book reminded me of Phoebe Robinson's You Can't Touch My Hair. These books select problems that bother the writer in some way and in turn, they opt to write a book to sound off. What I would have liked to see is Ajayi discuss what she has done to address the issues she presented in her book as opposed to ranting about them.
I gave this book 3 stars, but it was more of 3.5 stars. Ajayi used slang that often times, I did not understand and they were inserted at certain points where she was trying to make a point and by the insertion of the slang, it made her appeal lose steam.
Would I recommend the book? Only if you have not read books of similar caliber. Otherwise, the premise is pretty much the same for them all.