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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Paperback – July 12, 2016
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"With MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL, Issa shows us why she is the queen of media and why we need a multiplicity of voices in the media." (Los Angeles Times)
"Issa Rae nailed it: Her book TheMisadventures of Awkward Black Girl is why the term must-read exists." (Marie Claire)
"A book ripe with insights for the awkwardamong us." (Cosmo)
“For fans of Mindy Kaling’s Is EveryoneHanging Out without Me?. . . ). Already a strong voice for diversity in the media, Rae issomeone readers of all stripes will love getting to know, however awkwardly.” (Booklist)
“In Rae, her audience has landed on a singular voicewith the verve and veracity of uncorked champagne. An authentic and freshextension of the author's successful Web series.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“You'll laugh freakishly hard over the geniusYouTube star's book about everything from PDA to coworkers who always suck up” (Glamour)
“Delightfully deadpan…the real discovery here is that Rae has a natural flair for narrative,showing promise as an essayist with her unique perspective…a writer to watch.” (Essence)
“Cutting, laugh out loud observations.” (Uptown Magazine)
“I loved this book. Issa Rae is brilliant, funny andloveably awkward.” (Mindy Kaling)
"Ifyou like Awkward and love Black. Or love Awkward and like Black. Or if you'relike me and just can't get enough of Awkward and Black in equal doses, then youwill love love love Issa Rae and her Awkward Black Girl tales of Awkward BlackGirlishness. That wasn't too awkward was it?" (Larry Wilmore)
“In her hilarious debut book, Issa Rae uses the brilliantly wry voice she's honed in her searing and necessary webseries to tell a story that is so personal yet so universal: awkward girl becomes awkward woman, and in doing so realizes that awkward is the best way to be.” (Lena Dunham)
"Farfrom awkward, Issa Rae wittily shows us how to navigate a society stillobsessed with stereotypes. Her essays are a rallying cry for all those daringto be unique, international, and fully human. A must read for thinking andfeeling people from 8 to 80." (Susan Fales-Hill)
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.
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Or, because, like me, you've been hearing about her since a group of creative underclassmen arrived at your school, and you kept hearing about this Jo-Issa. When there is an amazing student at your school putting on creative productions... get your head out of your books and go watch. Seriously. Because a decade later, you are watching her shows, reading a book about her, and your head is exploding. I am so blown away by her balance of humility, hard work ethic, and amazing sense of humor. I loved reading her book, and could relate to so much of it having grown up in the same area where she went to high school, and attending the same college. Her web series spread like wildfire, first through my network of alumni, then to everyone I knew. I went to meet her and the cast at my grad school. I was crazy excited when it appeared she would make the leap from youtube to HBO. I mean, I didn't NEED HBO until I knew Issa Rae was going to be on it. And now, I have my husband hooked on the show. And I drive through the ritzy parts of Los Angeles and see billboards for the show and think, "Do they even know?" I am a huge fan of Issa for letting the world know about the diversity of black women, and for being an advocate in every room she enters. I'm here for her success, and will be ready to support whatever she does moving forward.
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!
I was first introduced to Issa Rae through a coworker who turned me on to her YouTube series “Awkward Black Girl” and I was immediately HOOKED!!!! I was like “who is this girl… she needs to be on TV”. So I knew that she would make it big because TALENT that funny and raw and original had to be on the big screen. Just look at the HBO series Insecure (PLUG: If you have not watched this series it is a much see. Please check it out before the next season comes on).
This was a great read!!!!! As expected, I found myself gasping and bursting out laughing on numerous occasions. Issa Rae is a trip and half and I LOVED every second of it! I can totally relate to her because I was/ kinda still am awkward and “geeky” in my own way and she is letting us know that it is PERFECTLY FINE to be who you are. She had me at the Introduction when she is talking about how people butcher her name. Considering I had an English professor name Dr. Diop and how much the students butchered his name, I couldn’t help but crack up laughing when Issa described how often she had to correct people to the point of frustration.
Her other chapters go on to talk about all kinds of life journeys from an introvert and what some may call a “socially awkward” perspective. Some of my favorite chapters are A/S/L where she talks about her first “online dating” experience using none other than AOL chat room. This was the beginning of “cybersexting” before we even really knew what it was or had any business on the Internet let alone in a chat room. We know what kinda lies have been floated around in those chat rooms (lol). My other favorites are her ABG Guides; especially the “Connecting with Other Blacks” and “The Hair Advantage”. I promise that you will find humor in ABG Guide: Connecting with Other Blacks as you try to figure out which category you and your friends or associates fall in to (lol). In the other chapters, she talks about being “fat”, her family, growing up bi-coastal/ continental, relationships, short lived raps careers (lol), fashion (or lack thereof) and love.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could totally relate to many of Issa’s scenarios. She gets nothing but love from me. Soooo looking forward to the next season of Insecure as well as all her other projects and hopefully another book.