Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Book Review: I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

I'm Judging You is her (Luvvie Ajayi's) debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives—from the cultural importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook. With a lighthearted, rapier wit and a unique perspective, I'm Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some "act right" into our lives, social media, and popular culture.
Writing
While I enjoyed Ajayi's writing, my chief observation is that it reads more like a selection of blog posts or lengthy Facebook posts than it does a cohesive essay collection. Knowing that Ajayi is an internet personality, I can certainly see that style reflected in her writing.  This isn't necessarily a negative thing - I quite enjoyed the book - but I wasn't particularly overwhelmed with her writing style. It felt very similar in style and tone to what other current events/pop culture bloggers offer.

Entertainment Value
This is where Ajayi's writing shines - she's quite funny and I particularly enjoyed her more light-hearted essays. While they were my favorite, I also feel like I learned something from her take on issues like the need for a more inclusive feminism and other issues of racism occurring in our nation. As always, some essays were better than others, but there are none that I found to be less than entertaining.

Overall
I think Ajayi's style is probably best suited for an internet audience. While I'm likely to follow her on Twitter (or would be if I used Twitter) I'm probably not likely to pick up another book authored by her. While I was entertained (and informed) by this one, it wasn't enough to motivate me to spend another 350 pages with the author. Not great, not bad, this one was pretty firmly middle of the road for me.

*I read my own personal copy of this one, in case anyone is curious about where I get my books from*

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