**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, it releases on 2/10/15.
I originally requested this title because a)it has a really fun cover, and b)the synopsis on Netgalley drew me in because it sounded very entertaining. After I was approved and when I knew it was coming close to time to actually read the title, I watched a few videos from Issa Rae’s YouTube channel and knew I had to make sure to get to this one in my To-Be-Read pile. I was not disappointed. If you have followed me to this point, it is pretty obvious that I am not a huge fan of nonfiction titles, but I can handle memoirs most of the time. This was written as somewhat of a guide, mixed with Issa’s own experiences and life stories. The sections that were considered an Awkward Black Girl guide had me cracking up, as they described different kinds of black people, different kinds of coworkers, and so on; all were pretty spot-on. The sections that were written about Issa’s life were also rather entertaining. Issa moved around a lot as a child and has many hilarious stories to tell from her experiences with friendship and family….though, I have to admit, it was a bit confusing at times because the stories did jump back and forth over time quite a bit, so I was a little lost. There were several times during the reading of this title that I caught myself laughing out loud, and that is always an indication of a good book to me! If you have not heard of Issa Rae, look her up on YouTube and then grab this book for some laughs. I will be purchasing for my library and recommending to students, especially for their required nonfiction book reports. Might as well make it fun!
My rating: 4/5