• Obviously

  • Stories from My Timeline
  • By: Akilah Hughes
  • Narrated by: Akilah Hughes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)

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Obviously

By: Akilah Hughes
Narrated by: Akilah Hughes
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Publisher's summary

"A refreshingly funny and blisteringly unsentimental coming-of-age memoir." (John Green, number one New York Times best-selling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars)

In Akilah Hughes' world, family - and life - are often complicated, but always funny. Through intimate and hilarious essays, Akilah takes listeners 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.

©2019 Akilah Hughes (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"This book is like Akilah: vulnerable but tough, positive without being annoying, and so, so funny. Through all these stories-some happy, some sad, some insane-there's always a message that says don't give up. Boyfriends let you down. Raccoons fall through ceiling vents. Sh*t happens. Keep going." (Jon Lovett, co-host of Pod Save America)

"These laugh-out-loud accounts read like warm conversations with an older cousin who provides helpful advice - sandwiched between love and laughter - on growing up." (Kirkus Reviews)

"In terms of drive, wit, and confidence, look no further...Hughes presents a charming and surprising essay collection." (SLJ)

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