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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

By: Issa Rae
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12, College Plus

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 and a nerd 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.  –From Simon & Schuster

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