Everywhere I Book

(Judged!) I’m judging you: The do better manual by Luvvie Ajayi

I don’t have too much to say about this book because, well – I didn’t finish it. Please, don’t judge me. See what I did there? Never mind.

I really tried, but I found the writing a bit heavy handed and repetitive. I found myself wanting the descriptions to end. They felt too long winded and almost – dare I say – trying too hard to win my amusement. It was disappointing to me because, as an eager twitter follower of hers, I do genuinely find her funny. She has a sharp, quick wit that cuts to the bone of the situation, whilst still being extremely funny. This tone was same the one that she tried to recreate for the book. I guess the real issue is, her getting to the jokes in multiple 140 character tweets is a lot more funny than her writing it in complete sentences and long paragraphs.

She has a sharp, quick wit that cuts to the bone of the situation, whilst still being extremely funny.

The book as its title implies, is just about her judging people, with comedy. She discusses Nigerian people and their total disrespect for time. It resonated. A typical Nigerian party will state 13h00 on the invite, but you can be sure the guests will only properly start arriving at 17h00, and then berate you if you didn’t save them any food. She also discussed how different friends have different etiquette and social cue issues. The friend who always skips on the bill, or short pays. The friend with the constant drama – aka the messy friend. The tardy friend. She described all the scenarios really well, with lots of imagery – you could almost fully picture all of the characters. If not in someone you knew, then just by piecing together a fictional person from her descriptions. She excelled at that, but she just dragged it out too long.

A typical Nigerian party will state 13h00 on the invite, but you can be sure the guests will only properly start arriving at 17h00, and then berate you if you didn’t save them any food.

I do feel like this may have changed the further I read- but since I didn’t finish…

If you did read this and finish it- please let me know how it ends!

by Dora Clark

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