The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a collection of essays written by Issa Rae, the creator of the web series with the same name. The web series is HILARIOUS and relatable to someone who, is indeed, an awkward black girl. I love Issa Rae and decided to check out her first book.
The Goods: The book is just as relatable and laugh-out-loud funny as the series. It discusess so many things that one would be aware of growing up as an uncool black kid. In school and in the workplace, black people are usually seen as people who are naturally suave, able to dance, well-dressed, and hip-hop savvy, among many other things. Every black person isn’t like this and Issa sure wasn’t. She talks about being unable to dance, not being able to buy most rap CD’s (and in turn not knowing a lot of songs that were popular at the time), natural hair woes and eventually trying to create a character that she could relate to in films and TV shows.
The Not-So-Goods: I don’t really have anything bad to say about this book, although I wish that the essays were in chronological order. You have to go into this book knowing that it’s a collection of separate essays that you don’t have to read in any order.
All-in-All: The essays were hilarious and I found myself nodding in agreement to a lot of things said or referenced in the novel. When you’re an awkward black girl, you can find yourself too “white” acting to be considered black and still too “black” acting for some white people to accept your personality. Issa Rae shows that it’s okay to still be proud of who you are and okay with who you aren’t. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, I would absolutely recommend it to anyone.
Will you be checking it out? Buy The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Here.