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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Written by Issa Rae

Narrated by Issa Rae


The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Written by Issa Rae

Narrated by Issa Rae

ratings:
4.5/5 (473 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Feb 10, 2015
ISBN:
9781442386730
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Well, that’s awkward…

The “Insecure” star shares all the real-life super-awkward moments she’s endured, the ones that shaped her into the master of uncomfortable social situations that need to be laughed off. Are you an awkward person in need of advice? Rae’s here for you.

Description

In the bestselling tradition of Sloane 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.
Released:
Feb 10, 2015
ISBN:
9781442386730
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

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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  • (3/5)
    I had never heard of Issa Rae, but wanted to read her book because it was on We Need Diverse Books’ end of the year booklist. I’m so glad I picked it up. Issa Rae is so relatable, and humorous, and tells it like it is. I love essay collections anyway, but hers was a great read that I couldn’t put down.
  • (3/5)
    (This is a review of the audio version)

    I think I would have enjoyed this better in written form, because I had a hard time following along and staying interested to the audio version. Essays especially I think lend themselves well to paper (or electronic) versions because they can be read in chunks; the audio version for me meant stopping it a lot right in the middle, and not being able to listen again until I’d forgotten what I already heard.

    That said, what I do recall I did enjoy. Ms. Rae is a writer and now actor (her show Insecure debuted on HBO this year) who tells a good story. This book is a memoir that covers her life in mostly chronological order. I chuckled a few times, and found her descriptions to be very vivid.

    I can’t offer much more again because apparently I just didn’t absorb a lot from the audio version, but I do think I can recommend it, especially if you are enjoying her TV show or enjoyed the web series that preceded it.
  • (5/5)
    so fucking funny. completely worth every single minute. I didn't even realize that I'd reached the end.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it I could relate I'm a total awkward black girl and I'm a capricorn Issa is my friend in my head lol.
  • (5/5)
    I love this book!!!
    Huge reflect of my childhood, i love the breakdowns of each type of person. Wish I read this when i was younger.
  • (5/5)
    I realized I was an Awkward Black Girl! ABG Unite!
  • (5/5)
    Issa is a brilliant beautiful genius. Loved it! Must read!
  • (5/5)
    It was fascinating to learn how the creator of Insecure rose among the ranks of awkwardness to be a Hollywood powerhouse.
  • (5/5)
    Issa Rae’s book is funny and easy read. Take some time to enjoy it.
  • (5/5)
    A witty and insightful journey that only an awkward black girl could tell.
  • (5/5)
    Such an amazing book. I was thoroughly entertained. Great job Issa. This is a masterpiece
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed this book. It’s so funny my family has told me I remind them of Issa. Now I see why. I have inside conversations with myself and at times feel out of my element. Will be checking out more of her work.
  • (4/5)
    Good listen. Found it to funny and insightful about Issa Rae’s life.
  • (5/5)
    Great book. Absolutely relatable as an "awkward black girl" myself! Thanks for normalizing it all!
  • (5/5)
    A funny and honest book - if you love insecure, you'll love listening to Issa's storytelling in this format.
  • (5/5)
    I truly enjoyed this book! This book allowed me to learn more about Issa Rae and was told in such a comical and intriguing way. Issa Rae’s storytelling is fascinating which is has drawn me to her works over the years. Can’t wait to read what she will create next!
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful!!! If you get a chance to listen to this book all the way through you will absolutely love every part of it.
  • (5/5)
    Funny, insightful, very relatable, enjoyed hearing The book in Issa’s voice too. Listening makes me appreciate her as a creative even more.
  • (3/5)
    Easy listening a fun relaxing story. Sometimes repetitive and always meandering.
  • (5/5)
    Loved this book perhaps because I saw so much of my childhood experiences and feelings reflected. It’s a huge reminder that difference should be embraced and celebrated.
  • (5/5)
    Loved every moment. Such a wonderful read, Issa rae reading it made it all the more better
  • (5/5)
    Hilarious, funny, chill, smart and great. I loved it. Such a good book.
  • (5/5)
    Thank you so much for such a relatable and hilariously informative read! I saw so much of myself in this book and I’m proud to have a sense of belonging now, to the ABG! Love you Issa and again thank you for writing this book!
  • (5/5)
    I looooove Issa Rae!! This book was great. I enjoyed reading about another awkward black girl. We have so many things in common.
  • (3/5)
    A good book that I would recommend for young adults.
  • (5/5)
    Love Issa. Didn’t know anything about her life or career path and this book explains it all. Very motivating and empowering.
  • (5/5)
    Very enjoyable and entertaining listen. She is very much herself in every medium including this memoir. I related to her narrative and laughed a ton along the way.
  • (5/5)
    Great! read so proud of you Issa! Huge fan of Insecure! ???
  • (5/5)
    Witty, creative and awkwardness....enjoyed the book. Lots of laugh out loud moments
  • (5/5)
    Amazingly relatable.i love this book ...tbh wouldn’t mind reading it again