The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

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Read The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Online Free - 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.

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ISBN : 1476749051
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Jamila rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 14, 2015

Issa Rae's Misadventures missed the mark for me. Though I loved her discussions of hair and going natural, the rest of the book fell flat. Maybe I'm not awkward enough? Rae's web series is brilliant and her voice in both television and film is powerful and necessary. However, the narrative style a...

Lina rated it ★★★★★

February 17, 2015

I haven't read a lot of memoirs, but the ones that I have either didn't connect with me or just made the person come off as obnoxious or frustrating. So I was nervous about reading Issa Rae's memoir because her webseries connected so much with me and I was afraid that by reading the book it would...

Nat rated it ★★★★☆

December 28, 2016

This hilarious, honest, and bold collection of essays introduced me to Issa Rae, and my gratitude is galaxy-sized. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a collection of essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black as cool...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

May 25, 2017

Issa Rae has a superb talent for writing, and not only her voice but also her personality, resonates throughout this entire book. I loved it and I'd definitely recommend it to any reader.

Rachel rated it ★★★☆☆

July 23, 2017

I expected to like this one more than I did. I may have read it too soon after Phoebe Robinson's You Can't Touch My Hair because though the books are different, I found myself comparing the two and preferred Robinson's. I also think I was expecting something different based on the title. I assume...

Adira rated it ★★★☆☆

February 02, 2016

Issa Rae knows what it is to be that awkward and black and she's extremely clear on letting people know that's a-okay. This book spoke to me in ways that I haven't felt since reading The Blacker The Berry by Wallace Thurman. Full review to come.

David rated it ★★★☆☆

August 05, 2016

I fluked into the Awkward Black Girl YouTube series about five months after it began. For the most part I found Issa Rae and the cast to be comical and entertaining. It was refreshing to see a black production free of stereotypical themes. Where things took a nose dive for me was in the final web...

Camille rated it ★★★☆☆

June 20, 2015

This was good. Different from what I initially expected but good. There were some particularly insightful parts and humorous as well. I'm glad I listened to this. To anyone intending to read this: don't go in expecting the same funniness fron the Internet episodes. This is a glimpse into the woma...

Alaina rated it ★★★★☆

February 20, 2018

To be honest I have never heard of Issa Rae and I mostly wanted to read this book because of the title and the cover. Judge me, I know I deserve it. HOWEVER, I'm freaking in love with her and now that I know she has a webseries I NEED to start watching it. Yes, I do live under a rock apparently. I'm...

Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2017

Somewhere between a three and a four. It's okay, well-written and very smart, but I feel like I've read this same collection of essays fifty times already. Maybe this would have stood out more if I hadn't just read Phoebe Robinson's phenomenal You Can't Touch My Hair? Or maybe it was because as s...

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