November 15, 2016
I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual
"I'm not sure who I side-eye more, though..." ~ pg. 89
I was first introduced to pop-culture critic, Luvvie Ajayi, through Twitter. Her witty tweets and unashamed ability to say what I was really thinking (but can't because: career or whatever to protect) made me an instant fan. Not only is she entertaining but also the executive director of the Red Pump Project, a national HIV/AIDS organization. She isn't called Awesomely Luvvie for nothing.
Now Luvvie presents I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, a debut collection of essays both sharp and humorous to inspire us to do better in our everyday life or else get side-eyed. Luvvie's signature writing style and vocabulary is throughout the book. Readers are introduced (or re-acquainted if already a follower) to phrases such as: iSweaterGawd (more polite than swearing to God), alphet (more fun to say than "outfit"), stahp (stop) and UNABLE TO CAN (for when you really can't). Kudos to the editor for maintaining the author's voice. This made I'm Judging You all the more enjoyable to read. Its format is like a good brunch with your friend conversing about life, religion, social media, cultural norms and fame.
"Feeling like you have to go by an alias so the world doesn't butcher your beautiful real name sucks." ~ pg. 103
Speak these truths, Luvvie! You don't know my life! There were so many essays that I nodded my head in agreement about. There were also parts where I was the type of person being judged. I am keeping it real, bookhearts, like the manual encourages. If I know better, I will do better, right?
Books like I'm Judging You make me want to start a local book club again. It is a must-read and heck of a conversation starter. There are for real LOL moments! The book is very well written and formatted covering various relevant topics. It is easily one of my favorite books of the year and will be a holiday gift to a couple of my friends. Readers are guaranteed to be informed, entertained and judged. Do not pass on this new release. Get your judgmental, fuck-deficient life and read I'm Judging You!
Title: I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual
Author: Luvvie Ajayi
Published: September 2016