The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

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?
— Issa Rae

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae is a quick read that followers of the quintessential Awkward Black girl will enjoy. Issa Rae’s debut novel is a biography highlighting the bits and pieces of her childhood and schooling that led to the creation of her uber successful web series of the same title.

True to her witty “sophisti-ratchet” self Issa delivers in this book. Issa covers her introduction into the World Wide Web through a hilarious story on cybersex, growing to love her natural hair, childhood mishaps and her bi-cultural experiences from her Senegalese roots. There is humor, self-deprecation, self-reflection and a bit of advice tossed in for good measure. Issa naturally gives multiple laugh out loud moments, where you can actually see a young Rae embarrassing herself as described in the story. While reading you’re sure to find yourself not only enjoying the stories but also relating to the inevitable pitfalls of adolescence.  

Issa keeps her stories short and we learn more about her than we do from simply watching her web series. Rae once again perfectly shows that “being black” isn’t confined to linear experiences and tastes, it is a spectrum that we all have various places in due to our personalities and interests, and that is okay.

This book crosses all lines and is a great read no matter your race or sex. Fans of fellow millennial funny girls Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham will likely enjoy this book. And if you’re new to Issa Rae check out her amazing YouTube channel for quality content featuring people of color.

Also, check out Rae’s NYC book signing we attended earlier this year.