Issa Rae first gained my attention about a year ago. Somehow I stumbled upon her web-series “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” while browsing YouTube and immediately identified with some of the scenarios that the main character was experiencing. Then came Issa Rae’s HBO series “Insecure” and I went from occasionally checking for her to becoming a genuine fan. So when I heard she had a book out it was one of the first things I requested for Christmas (thanks sis!).
“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” is not your typical autobiography, I mean sure she tells you about her life in Maryland, Senegal, LA and New York, but the vibe is completely different. Her story is enlightening and resonates with me, from the need to feel accepted to struggling through the “Hair Hierarchy” as a child, yep that’s all me. This book had me randomly laughing out loud as well as feeling a bit of nostalgia for my rugged childhood. From guides on how to deal with people being an “awkward” to an entire chapter on dance skills (or lack thereof), this book kept me entertained.
Issa is brilliant, fun, talented, and a true creator. She is an inspiration to women everywhere and of all kinds. This book gives the reader a glance into what made Jo-Issa Rae Diop who she is and shows how she’s really not that much different than the rest of us ABG’s and that alone is pretty dope. I honestly cannot wait to see what’s next for her as I know that it will be great. If you haven’t already I suggest that you pick up this book on your next trip to Barnes & Noble, or on Amazon, or anywhere its being sold. It is completely worth it. Until next time…
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