6 April 2020

Lockdown Diaries | Book Review "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl"

Audible recommended this book to me after I finished listening to 'Queenie' and it was on my list since then.  I always enjoy books by comedians especially autobiographical, as the humour is baked in.  I love Issa Rae in HBO series 'Insecure' so this book was a no-brainer for me.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl - Review Aspiring Londoner

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

In the book, Issa talks about events in her life - significant and insignificant, that has brought her to her current path.  It had me laughing out loud, nodding silently as some of it totally resonated with events in my life and smile reminiscently.  She's honest and upfront about her upbringing and some of the rawness.  I was pleasantly surprised at how honest she was with some of her dating stories.  She talks about the time she spent in Senegal and how important that time was in her life and how it shaped her.  I enjoyed how she talks about the nuances of being an African American without it feeling heavy or intense.

Her writing style is very candid and I like how she (similar to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi in 'Americanah') uses side notes to tell the readers how to relate to/behave with 'ABG' (awkward black girl).  This effortlessly adds to the book's fun and light nature.

Would I recommend it?  If you're looking for a fun and easy read, absolutely!  I really enjoyed reading it and would love to read more books like this.

P.S.  I listened to it on Scribd as an audiobook.  Also, helpful note, Scribd is currently free for everyone for 30 days during the lockdown.  I highly recommend taking advantage of this, as it’s not like audible where you have to purchase the book.  You have access to everything that’s on Scribd for the whole 30 days!  Great offer!  (p.s. this is not an ad, it’s truly a great offer!)

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