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review 2016-02-22 23:28
Review: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl - Issa Rae

Issa Rae is a YouTube filmmaker and now, with this book, an author. Here is a link to her main YT page: https://www.youtube.com/user/actingrl112.


Honestly, I had never heard of Issa Rae before reading this book. After reading this, I went straight to YT and subscribed to her channel. She has such a refreshing and honest voice in a world in which reality tv stars and celebrities just try too damn hard to be famous for nothing or for drama.


What drew me originally to this book was just the cover and the back cover statements from people whose work I like. If they liked Issa Rae, then I would give her a shot. Superficial? Yep. But that is how I roll in the non-fiction non-history section of the library. And I am very glad I gave her a shot. This book had parts that were relatable (especially for kids and teens growing up in the late 80s and all of the 90s) and other parts that were so different, it was eye-opening. 4 stars and I hope to read, and see, more from her in the future

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text 2016-02-22 15:24
New Week, New Book: End of Birthday Cake-ruary Edition
Lost in a Royal Kiss - Vanessa Kelly
Mail Order Misfit (Brides of Beckham) - Kirsten Osbourne
Macaron Murder (with Recipes) (A Patisserie Mystery) - Harper Lin
The Duchess of Love - Sally MacKenzie
Miss Amelia Lands a Duke - Sandy Raven
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl - Issa Rae
Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Beauty and the Beasts - Frank McLaughlin,Bruce Patterson,Dick Giordano,Len Wein,Bob Smith,George Pérez,John Byrne

After two weeks of eating cake, I am going on a sugar free diet. Now it is time to buckle down and finish the last of these short stories.


1. Lost in a Royal Kiss by Vanessa Kelly. Quick novella.

2. Mail Order Misfit (Brides of Beckham #11) by Kristen Osbourne. Ouick novella.

3. Macaroon Murder (A Patisserie Mystery) by Harper Lin. Short story from the series.

4. The Duchess of Love by Sally Mackenzie. Quick novella.

5. Miss Amelia Lands a Duke by Sandy Raven. Quick novella.

6. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae. Library loan and second nonfiction for the month.

7. Wonder Woman: Beauty and the Beasts by George Perez


I am not going to get to the two full length novels I was planning on reading this month. They will get read next month.

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photo 2015-02-27 01:50
Me & Issa Rae!
And she signed my book!

I got the chance to go to a book signing yesterday and met Issa Rae! She was so hilarious! I can't wait to read her book!

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photo 2015-02-18 08:01
Just got a surprise in the mail from my brother and my sister-in-law! They know me too well! This is perfect because I’m supposed to be going to a book signing to meet her next week!
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review 2014-11-07 00:00
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl - Issa Rae Awkward Black Girl is a web series I got hooked on in its early webisodes. Now that it is mainstream, the writing and comedy changed a bit. I stopped watching religiously. However, I was uber excited for the opportunity to review an ARC of the book. From YouTube to Galley pages!

Jo-Issa Rae Diop (pronounced JO-EEE-SUH RAY JOPE) is the girl who tries to be less awkward, a bit cooler and a little smarter. The purpose of writing her story is to show it is okay to be awkward, learn from her mistakes and laugh at her misgivings. Well, Issa Rae, mission accomplished.

There are lots of comedic stories like when Issa Rae was blocked on Twitter by a disabled white stripper. There are also chapters called ABG Guide about eating in public, connecting with other blacks and when co-workers attack. She writes about why edges are so important to the black female community and how being able to dance is seen as an automatic for all blacks. Pure entertainment in literary form!

Even if you are not familiar with ABG, this book of misadventures is a great introduction. Issa Rae has a unique flair. For those that are already ABG fans, I highly recommend reading this collection of humorous essays when it is released in February 2015. You may pre-order at www.issarae.com/thebook

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