The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

8306857Have you ever been described as awkward? Or maybe you have that one (maybe 17) incredibly awkward moments that you’d much rather forget? Well believe me when I say that author Issa Rae knows exactly how you feel and basically just wrote a book about it.

Whether you know who Issa Rae is or not, this memoir will have you chuckling with each page. Most known for her web series Awkward Black Girl and new HBO series Insecure, Issa Rae explains her path to adulthood in a witty and captivating manner. Coming from a Senegalese immigrant family, Rae describes what it was like growing up in a Maryland/Senegal/Los Angeles. Narrating her life through various entertaining chapters, Rae explores her love life, her inability to dance and what it was like growing up as an awkward black girl. From discussing her obsession with online chat rooms in middle school to her useful guides in how to interact with the ever-fascinating awkward black person, Rae pulls readers into a her life and provides a valued lesson with the end of each chapter.

This book speaks to people of all ages. While there are some times where the references she makes in the book go over the heads of younger audiences, Rae makes up for it in the relevance of her hilarious teenage mishaps. You walk away from this book feeling as though you are understood, feeling as though Rae spent the past 250 pages essentially telling you that she’s been there. In a smart way, Issa Rae makes space for people who feel as though they don’t belong anywhere else. Whether you’re black, white, awkward, introvert, extrovert, this book provides a place for you to enjoy a little humor.

By: Carina Cruz

Rae, Issa. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. New York: 37 Ink/Atria Books. 2015. Ebook.

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