Synopses & Reviews
In the bestselling tradition of Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake
and 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.
"I loved this book. Issa Rae is brilliant, funny and loveably awkward."
Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?
"If you like Awkward and love Black. Or love Awkward and like Black. Or if you're like me and just can't get enough of Awkward and Black in equal doses, then you will love love love Issa Rae and her Awkward Black Girl tales of Awkward Black Girlishness. That wasn't too awkward was it?"
Larry Wilmore, The Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and host of Minority Report
About the Author
With her unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 20 million views and over 150,000 YouTube subscribers (and counting). In addition to making Glamour magazine’s “35 Under 35” list as well as Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list and winning the Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds, and numerous others. She developed a television series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO with Larry Wilmore. Issa has received national attention with major media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, Elle, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Fast Company, MSNBC, Essence, Fader, and more.