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I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual Paperback – September 13, 2016
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"The Internet’s newest comic phenom . . . . She has been hailed by Bono and Shonda Rhimes for her singular voice and stinging political commentary...You may not have heard her name yet. But you probably will, because Luvvie Ajayi, a Nigerian-born "professional shade thrower," as she calls herself, is offering incisive, hilarious commentary on polarizing issues (race and gender in particular), and she has found her audience."
―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.
Top customer reviews
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!
And wow, it has been a thrilling ride. She keenly observes all of those little ticks and idiosyncrasies people have and synthesizes it in a way that makes it so relatable. Like, I almost had to put the book down a few times, because I seriously thought she was writing about people I know (or even myself!).
Luvvie has a way of discussing a huge variety of topics in a way that is both extremely amusing and also incredibly thought-provoking. And she does cover a LOT of ground -- I feel like my perspective has been expanded (which hopefully means I'll be able to do better when I'm doing all those things that might be driving people around me crazy).
Seriously. I highly recommend. Few books can entertain in the way this one can. I absolutely adore her.
In I’m Judging You, she breaks down pop culture and then hits you with the truth. She doesn’t sugarcoat the truth which I think is refreshing. The chapters about racism and rape culture were uncomfortable to read but it was needed. We need to have that dialogue about racism and rape culture.
There are moments where I was laughing at some of what she was saying but then there were moments where I felt like I was slapped with a huge dose of reality. The part about friendships really hit home with me. It still resonates long after I have finished the book. Thank you Luvvie Ajayi for hitting me with the truth that I needed to read.
I will be recommending this book to anyone and everyone. Let’s be honest, I will judge you if you don’t read it. I give it 5/5 Platypires.