Title: Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Author: Issa Rae
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Atria / 37 INK
Genre: Nonfiction, Essays
Source: Personal Copy
Based on Issa Rae’s hit YouTube series, Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a collection of humorous essays on multiple identities: What it is to be American, black, a geek, a woman, and all the way these intersect and interact with one another.
Haven’t heard of Issa Rae? Trust me, it doesn’t matter. If you were at all awkward in your childhood, and if you identify as a nerd in any way, then this book will speak to you. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a similar background as Rae’s or whether or not you share her personal issues. She’s open and accessible in this essay collection; her humor and warmth makes this an excellent read.
Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl isn’t a memoir exactly; it’s a serious of essays about Rae’s history and personal life. You get to see different areas of Rae’s life, and this is the rare collection where every single essay is equally enlightening and engaging. I loved reading my way through this collection; whether you want to read it straight through or savor each essay individually, it’s hard not to enjoy yourself while reading this.
This is a quick, funny read; it’s very contemplative on Rae’s part, and while it might not inspire your own deep self-reflection, it doesn’t need to. It works very well for what it is: an honest, candid, and humorous collection of essays examining different identities and how they interact with one another.