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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a hilarious collection of essays about author Issa Rae's coming-of-age as a halfrican black girl in the 1990's and early 2000's. Each chapter is full of self-deprecating humor and honest reflection on experiences that feel instantly relatable to this awkward (half) black girl--from having a bad fashion sense, no dance skills, an overly enthusiastic relationship with food, discomfort with PDA, etc. Rae doesn't shy away from delving into more personal discussions about her family, including describing her parents painful divorce, or confronting racial and cultural differences (often with a hefty dose of sarcasm and wit appropriately thrown in). Additionally, the book includes "The Awkward Black Girl Guide" which covers topics such as how an awkward person should deal with different types of co-workers, different types of blacks, hair questions, and more.

Overall, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a short, lighthearted and funny book that's perfect for a summer afternoon quick read. Also, I highly recommend the audio book version narrated by the author; it takes the comedy to another level.

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