Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi, serves up necessary advice for the common senseless in this hilarious book of essays
With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi has become a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her 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.
The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’
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OMG, Luvvie, I’m so with you. I judge us each and every day on some of the crazy ass decisions we make as a whole, but it was certainly refreshing to have some comic relief put to our torturous way of life these days. Luvvie was on point with so many topics of discussion. It’s hard to pinpoint where to start, so I guess I’ll start with my love-hate relationship—social media!
When she detailed and outlined the types of personalities you see on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., I laughed until I cried. I know each and every person she described. I’m proud to admit I’m a “Real Old G” type of social media user. (Note: Readers, you have to read the novel to understand!) From the oversharer to the thirsty ass users, you name it, Luvvie was giving the side-eye to many. Oh, the shade she threw and called out on multiple types of personalities was like hearing a good piece of gossip!
It’s nice to know that she and I share the same political views. Thank God I’m not alone in my thinking. She raised some very interesting points in which I feel is lost on many Americans. One thing is for sure, this is one of those novels where there isn’t a gray area. Either you will agree with most of what she says, or you’ll hate what she says. But, I will say this, for those of you who have difficulties reading Luvvie’s truth, that could be because you recognize yourself in her words. I saw myself in many of the things she talked about without being on the defense. At the end of the day, of course, what Luvvie talks about is her opinion. However, I’m just going to go an extra step and say that most of what she said is damn factual. (chuckle). She is definitely a realist and I can respect anyone who keeps it one hundred, and she most definitely does that.
There were times I felt Luvvie began to get a bit too preachy for my tastes, but I attributed that to her being such a passionate being. I definitely can relate because I, too, can be the same way. I find that those of us who are in the habit of being honest and keeping it real tend to get accused of thinking we know everything and that our words are law. Well…I can’t speak for Luvvie, but I can say, I never profess to know everything, but I’ve had many life experiences and I don’t have a problem telling it the way I see it. Luvvie strikes me as the same type of individual and that’s why I loved her book. She damn sure has every right to question and throw the side-eye on human behavior because our actions make you wonder where has “common” sense actually disappeared?
Funny, I just had this same conversation with my mother this morning. We wonder why you feel you’re so alone in the way you view our country, people, and the world as a whole. It’s scary times we live in and many of us have this sheepish mentality and follow blindly without questioning. I have a problem with that, and apparently, so does Luvvie. She had so much an issue with this that she wrote an entire novel about our irresponsible behavior as humans. And what was so sad was her post-epilogue. She finished her manuscript on October 15, 2015 and when you see how things got worse than when she initially wrote the book, it’s enough to make you cry for real! So damn sad, but true. Even she feels that way. Ummph, we really do need to do better as humans, but we seem to continually fall down in this black hole of ignorance. I don’t see us climbing out of that abyss any time soon.
The Sexy Nerd gives I’m Judging You five ‘keeping-it-one-hundred’ stars! Luvvie selects some great topics that you and/or your book clubs will be talking about for years to come. However, this might not be the book you’d want to discuss at family gatherings or church socials. You may find yourself losing friendships and kinships. And, I caution you to be careful discussing at your book club! You better have a strong constitution having these discussions. Luvvie, you are my Shero!