If you've been on social media for the last few years and haven't been following Luvvie Ajayi, then you've missed out on her hilarious take on life and pop culture. Fear not! With the debut of her first collection of essays, I'm Judging You, she's here to not only entertain you, but to get your life right.
I have to admit that I wasn't sure how Luvvie's day to day musings on this, that and the third would play out in print, but I was pleasantly surprised. While she tends to take on more lighthearted subjects over on AwesomelyLuvvie.com, in I'm Judging You she tackles racism, privilege, rape and a number of other sensitive topics in her own special way. With a vocabulary of her own making, I found myself cackling with every SweaterGawd (swear to God), ijot (idiot) and alphet (outfit) that rolled off her fingertips. Luvvie's takes on nastiness ("Don't Be a Pigpen"), horrible friends ("Why Must You Suck at Friendship"), American ignorance ("Zamunda is not a Country, Neither is Africa") and a variety of topics are both humorous and thought provoking.
As someone who has observed Luvvie from her early blogging days until now, it's been a joy to watch her rise. Though she hobnobs with people like Shonda Rhimes and Oprah (OMG! Yaaaassss!), she still finds time to be an AIDS awareness activist through an organization she co-founded, The Red Pump Project. And in the epilogue of I'm Judging You, she reminds readers to get involved and "do something that matters." This is such a refreshing attitude from someone that could take her accolades and go home to eat jollof rice in peace. Instead, she encourages people to recognize their blessings and find a way to be a blessing to someone else. Luvvie's sense of humor is only outmatched by her big heart.
Do yourself a favor and click one of the links below to order I'm Judging You. If you don't, not only will I judge you, so will Max.
Published; September 2016
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.
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