If you are a regular Twitter or Facebook user, chances are you know the name Luvvie Ajayi. She is the Queen of Petty, the Sultana of Side-Eye, the Warrior Wordsmith of the Interwebs. And now we can add Audacious Author to her ever-growing list of accomplishments, as she has blessed us all with her first book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. Because Ms. Ajayi is not here for your foolishness.
I am a later follower of Ms. Ajayi’s blog. A friend of mine on Facebook (and in real life) would share her posts and I would crack up every time I read them. Eventually, I looked her up and proceeded to read several posts, including a Game of Thrones recap that had me howling. But just because someone is funny on the Internet doesn’t mean they know how to write a book. Thank Zeus Ms. Ajayi is not one of those people.
From the very first page, Ms. Ajayi had me laughing out loud with no restraint, as she described seeing a photo of someone’s dead grandma on Facebook. Her shock and dismay were justified (and funny as hell) because as she said, “Who does that?” Her book is necessary in a time of extreme oversharing, fleeting Internet fame and reality television. She judges those with bad hygiene (who washes their bra once a year?????), bad relationship decisions and the epidemic of ashiness (“GET THEE SOME LOTION!”). But it’s not all funny stuff. Ms. Ajayi goes deep into the isms of our culture and judges racism, sexism and religious hypocrisy with a thoughtfulness that lets readers know she’s not all about the jokes. Ms. Ajayi cares deeply about this crazy world we live in and holds us all to a higher standard to make things better for everyone.
While reading I’m Judging You, Ms. Ajayi had footnotes throughout to provide definitions to her own brand of vocabulary. Yes, she has her own vocabulary and it is fabulous. Words like “Alphet,” “iSweaterGawd,” and “Hairhat” give her sentences that extra something. I would tell you what they all mean, but trust me, reading the book would be way more entertaining than my generic explanations.
I’m Judging You is a must read because we all need to do better in some form or fashion. Ms. Ajayi’s take on being of service to your community hit home with me, as I’ve been slacking on that front lately. And I judged myself because volunteering has been something I’ve done and been passionate about in the past, especially where children and literacy are concerned. Ms. Ajayi’s words made me think about my lack of service and how I can rearrange my schedule and make time for others. So grab a copy of this amazing book as soon as possible. Or I will be judging you.
I’m Judging You: A Do-Better Manual is available for pre-order and will be released on September 13, 2016.
I received an advance copy from Net Galley.