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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
For aspiring YouTubers, there's a short chapter, "How to Make a YouTube Video," that offers specific steps, from "Overthink how to shoot it" and "Agonize over the thumbnail image" to "Take a nap."
Your self-worth should never depend on how much someone else believes in you. It's much better to be known as the funny or smart girl.
Positive Role Models
While humor is central to Hughes' memoir, she never makes light of the challenges she had to overcome and writes honestly about confronting racism in the classroom and battling issues about body image and self-worth before finally achieving her dreams.
Violence & Scariness
Hughes writes that "an older boy I knew from high school did something unforgivable to me when I had a sleepover with his sister," and she has to fend off the straying hands of a man seated next to her on a bus.
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Fair amount of profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "goddamn"), and boys label a girl "retarded hot."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Obviously: Stories from My Timeline is a memoir by comedian, YouTube celebrity, and Crooked Media contributor Akilah Hughes (Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever.). Unfolding in short autobiographical essays, her timeline moves from her childhood in a small Kentucky town to New York City, where she finds success as a writer and performer. Hughes mixes the humor with serious life lessons for readers, as her essays cover everything from "Fifth Grade Is a Scam," "Racism to a Fifteen-Year-Old Girl," and "Getting Too Good at Your Plan B" to "Bad Skin" and "Weight." There's a fair amount of profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "goddamn"), and boys label a girl "retarded hot." While Hughes "wouldn't call this a self-help book," she does promise readers "you will feel better about your life after reading a number of these essays."
Is It Any Good?
Warm and engaging, Hughes' honest and deeply personal essays deftly mix humor with inspiration and encouragement for any teen with big dreams for the future. The format of Obviously: Stories from My Timeline (and a table of contents filled with intriguing chapter titles) makes it easy for readers who don't want to tackle an entire memoir to begin by reading essays that appeal to their specific interests.
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