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Obviously: Stories From My Timeline | Akilah Hughes
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Comedian and activist Akilah Hughes shares everything about her journey from a childhood in the south to the big screen while dispensing invaluable big-sister-style advice to a generation of future YouTubers. In Akilah Hughes's world, family--and life--are often complicated, but always funny. Through intimate and hilarious essays, Akilah takes readers along on her journey from the small Kentucky town where she was born--and eventually became a spelling bee champ and 15-year-old high school graduate--to New York City, where she took careful steps to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer and performer. Like Tiffany Haddish's The Last Black Unicorn or Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for the YA set, Akilah pens revealing and laugh-out-loud funny essays about her life, covering everything from her racist fifth grade teacher, her struggles with weight and acne, her failed attempts at joining the cheerleading team, how to literally get to New York (hint: for a girl on a budget, it may include multiple bus transfers) and exactly how to "make it" once you finally get there.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Mehso-so

This book is fine. Which is a bummer. I really like Akilah Hughes. I enjoy when she is on pods and I follow her on Twitter.
Not everyone needs an aubiography. I really wish she would have gotten a stand-up special instead.

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MsLeah8417
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MsLeah8417
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Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟

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MsLeah8417
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I absolutely loved the section on playing kickball in elementary school! It brought memories flooding back to my heart and mind. #obviously
On sale 9/24/19😊📚

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BookAlongBlog
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Pickpick

4🌟In this collection of personal essays Hughes draws from her childhood, elementary school days to college and into adulthood. She touches on big issues like racism, bodyweight, family, illness, friendship, celebrities, the internet and more!
I particularly enjoyed the parts about her childhood and where she hit on tougher subject matter.
Reading her writing felt very casual, as if we were old friends. She's funny and fresh. Out September 24th!!

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Tameeka
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Mehso-so

What do you do when there‘s a heatwave and you can‘t even bat your eyelids without breaking into a sweat? Try and find a cool spot for a long day of reading. 

I strongly recommend this for teenage readers. If you need to take a break from studying, something to read between classes, or on your commute this is a good choice. 

Trigger warning - there is a chapter dedicated to her eating disorder in the ARC.

#blacklitsy

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SarahMillerBooks
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Next month I get to be on a panel with Akilah Hughes for the SLJ TeenLive Virtual Summit, so this is totally me doing my homework. Doesn't feel like homework, though. ?

Also, I just read the Disney chapter and I'm a little worried that the first thing I say to Akilah Hughes is going to be "OMG, I did my WDWCP in Tomorrowland, too! And I did a character audition and got a callback (Ariel) and also ultimately got rejected, too!"

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Tameeka
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I said I wasn‘t going to buy any more books but then the New York Public Library had it‘s first Lit Fest at the Schomburg so that was that....😬 #zeroregrets #blacklitsy

Tamra You absolutely should have Brown Girl Dreaming. 💜 5mo
Tameeka @Tamra That‘s what the bookseller told me. Glad it‘s confirmed ☺️ 5mo
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