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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2015 original; edició 2016)

de Issa Rae (Autor)

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"In the bestselling tradition of 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"--… (més)
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Títol:The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Autors:Issa Rae (Autor)
Informació:37 Ink (2016), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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This collection of essays was really informal. It's a realistic conversation. It isn't terribly pushy, but it did drag, unintentionally in a few places. I can say that Issa Rae was "intentional". As a black male nerd in my 30s, I was glad to learn from her. For those African-Americans searching for some valuable perspective. I suggest reading: The Struggle, The ABG Guide: Connecting with other Blacks, and A/S/L.

It was delightful to remember that AOL was a time in our computer past, a network that truly forces people in my generation to think in terms of stories, sentences, dialog, and messages. I remember when I learned that A/S/L meant age, sex, and location. Because Facebook and Instagram have replaced chats and messaging, we are a bit less intentional about the way we use language. It was nice to be reminded that the online personas created on AOL and MySpace in the 90s and 2000s required more mystery. I liked her humor about those Sherlock Holmesian connections with people. I am an awkward so it was breathtaking to see that there is someone like me challenging the notion of performative "blackness".

When I read "I Can't Dance" I was elated because as a disabled person, it's been hard to demonstrate to non-disabled people that I actually have rhythm.

Issa Rae helps me understand that every black person is different and the idea of being black is still being re-shaped by those that willfully and rightly acknowledge our new position in a diverse and changing world. It was a breath of fresh air to see that I don't have to be so militant and claustrophobic about my own culture, that I can (like her) find a middle-ground or a slope and tread that place. ( )
  HaroldMillican | Dec 15, 2019 |
A student I was working with was reading this and laughing quite a bit. It was a good collection of personal essays by Issa Rae - who so far has had a lucky and interesting life and can examine herself and others in a smart and humorous way. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

I Picked Up This Book Because: Seemed like a good idea at the time.

The Story:

Sitting here a full 26 hours after finishing I don’t have anything significant to say about this book. I enjoyed listening to it. I laughed and commiserated with Issa’s pain. I had wonderful nostalgic memories of 90’s music. I was jealous that I didn’t come from such a multicultural family and do not speak more than one language.

The book was well written and narrated and kept me interested.

The Random Thoughts:

4 Stars ( )
  bookjunkie57 | May 23, 2018 |
Props to a fellow introvert. I always love seeing fellow introverts succeeding and was curious to know *how* they did it, so maybe I can get some guidance for myself. :P I had seen this book around but was not familiar with the author, Issa Rae. It's my understanding she has a web series but I've never watched it. On a whim it seemed like a fun idea to pick this up and give it a shot. I had high expectations after seeing her described as an introvert twice on the front cover flap. Didn't need to read the rest of it, this was going to be for me.
 
Initially this book was absolutely for me. I think we must be in the same age or at least very close because I picked up several of the pop cultural references (including one I haven't heard of in YEARS) so it was a nice nostalgia trip for me. Seeing her as a child and young woman, learning about the internet (and world), having a certain lack of knowledge (street or pop culture) was something I could SOOOOOO identify with, having being raised in a very sheltered and arguably strict environment.
 
After the first couple of chapters though, the book seemed to slide downhill. I didn't realize it was a series of essays. That is not really a form that works well for me (essay collections) and unfortunately that shone here again. Another review on Amazon talks about how the content is great, but it needs a better editor and that's on the mark for me. Sometimes the topic switches pretty quickly in mid-essay and I was confused as to why we are now talking about Z when we were talking about X just a page ago.
 
I found her words on her childhood most compelling. Topics vary from dating to her family to her weight to hair, etc. And I really wanted to like it, but after awhile my eyes just glazed over. Several other reviews say that this is really more for someone who is already familiar with Rae, that her web series is much better, etc. I do wonder if I would have liked this better if i was familiar with it.
 
Personally it really wasn't for me and I wouldn't recommend it. But someone who already knows Rae's work might enjoy it. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
I am a huge Issa Rae fan, I am an ABG stan. Issa was awkward and awkward I still am. Issa gives us her truth, she holds herself up as a mirror for anyone who has just ever felt plain old different.
I love how she included all of her background into her story(it was great to be able to read and understand her parlez- vous francois.
I think the fact that Issa has been in a wonderful relationship with someone who totally gets her shows that she isn't as awkward as she may think.
This is a great read and it will make you laugh out loud and then cry because she is telling your story(the parts that you haven't told anyone else).
I hope to meet her one day so that I can let her know just how much she means to us awkward folk.
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  Jewel.Barnett | Sep 6, 2017 |
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"In the bestselling tradition of 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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