Obviously: Stories from My Timeline

Obviously: Stories from My Timeline

by Akilah Hughes

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"A refreshingly funny and blisteringly unsentimental coming-of-age memoir." -John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All The Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101998922
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 288,987
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Akilah Hughes is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber residing in Brooklyn, NY. She's been a digital correspondent for MTV, Fusion, Comedy Central, Crooked Media, and more. A Sundance Labs Fellow, Akilah most recently appeared on the HBO series special Pod Save America. Her comedic YouTube channel, "It's Akilah, Obviously!" has amassed more than 150,000 subscribers. Find her on Twitter @AkilahObviously or on Instagram @akilahh.

Table of Contents

A Note 1

What's in a Name 4

Marilynn 16

George 30

Where to Say Your Dad Lives When He's Dead 42

The Little Cheerleader That Couldn't 43

Fifth Grade is a Scam 53

Birthdays Are, Too 65

I Don't Love Animals 74

Internet Person 88

Racism to a Fifteen-Year-Old Girl 96

Best Friendship 100

Bad Skin 118

Disney 126

The South 144

College Years 145

Getting Too Good at Your Plan B 155

How to Literally Get to New York 167

Eight Movies That Gave Me False Expectations about Living in New York 180

My Clothes Suck 186

Starstruck 196

New York 200

End of My Relationship 201

Weight 213

Anxious Energy 219

How to Make a Youtube Video 221

BB and Jennifer 225

Flirting At Every Age 244

Being Sick 246

Karaoke is Cheaper than Therapy 260

The Sundance Kid 264

Acknowledgments 271

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