I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

Luvvie Ajayi. Holt, $17 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-62779-606-4
Ajayi, the voice behind the pop culture blog Awesomely Luvvie and the cofounder of the Red Pump project, an HIV/AIDS awareness nonprofit, writes with humor and intelligence about a range of topics, including personal hygiene, social media etiquette, racism, sex tapes, rape culture, plastic surgery, weight, homophobia, reality television, feminism, and even the Comic Sans font. The book is a light, 21st-century discussion of manners and morals, with Ajayi taking people to task for oversharing on social media or for being casually bigoted. The the book has a strong social message and is funny—Ajayi includes footnotes explaining her made-up words and expressions—but the material is a little too familiar and far reaching. Ajayi is at her best when she delves into her personal experiences as a Nigerian immigrant in the U.S. and combines humor with pathos; this honesty makes the book worth reading. Agent: Michael Harriot, Folio Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/04/2016
Release date: 09/13/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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