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Publisher Description

The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure.

In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

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 (as well as “funny,” according to the Los Angeles Times) 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, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection 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.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.

Issa Rae
hr min
February 10
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

Char E ,


I loved it. From her interesting, not so typical, Black childhood , to her Senegal family, to the few details of her come-up, all fun, funny, humbling, and encouraging.

Sweetazahoney ,

Great Work

This is my first audiobook and I'm so glad I made this purchase. I was going to buy the book until I realized Issa was reading it.

I laughed at so many parts and found myself talking back like we were in the same room.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

Spencer1026 ,

Love Issa

She is so amazing I bought the book and the audiobook.

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