The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Summary

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

In this universally accessible New York Timesbestseller 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 Timesbestselling 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.

Book Reviews


Amazing!5 star

So many relatable stories! Thank you Issa, my awkward sister for sharing your stories!55


Awesome5 star

It’s a very good read. Issa has a great sense of humor. It’s wonderful to know how she got started.55


Awkward Black Girl5 star

Sooooo amazing. The entire book. I promise she is my spirit animal lol❤️❤️55


The best5 star

Amazingly brilliant.55


Great book!5 star

Just when I thought I couldn’t Love Issa anymore. This is a great read!55


Relatable !5 star

After watching her show on YouTube and her show on HBO, I decided to purchase this book. It was a great read and A LOT of the things Issa went through in life I did as well. Thank you Issa !55


Brilliant and relatable5 star

Every person who has ever struggled with not fitting-in needs to read this book. Such a great read that I couldn't put it down! I am an "Awkward Black Girl" too and I always knew I was different but never realized there were others like me. Issa Rae is able to articulate the intricacies of being awkward so well that I sometimes felt like I was reading my about myself. She weaves self-deprecating humor and serious insight and inspiration so effortlessly. I'm 36 and it's taken me so many years to be comfortable in my awkwardness. Reading this book reaffirmed to me that it's okay to be awkward and it's actually even okay to be black and awkward. Can't wait to read more books from Issa Rae.55



As an ABG myself, I haven't read a book that hits so close to home since my 4th grade, Judy Blume days! Thanks for sharing your stories, Issa. Such a relatable, thoroughly entertaining read!55


Awkward Black Girl5 star

This book is AMAZING.... I just LOve Issa Rae❤️❤️55


I Love her!!!5 star

This book, ur web series, and hbo sitcom is me!!!55

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