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In this sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, Online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars.

Franchesca Ramsey didn't set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video "What White Girls Say...to Black Girls" went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage.

In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other - from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space...the Internet.

Well, That Escalated Quickly includes Ramsey's advice on dealing with Internet trolls and low-key racists, confessions about being a former Online hater herself, and her personal hits and misses in activist debates with everyone from bigoted Facebook friends and misguided relatives to mainstream celebrities and YouTube influencers. With sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey lets listeners know we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Franchesca Ramsey (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Really good read!

A great resource on how to navigate the internet waters as an Internet personality. I enjoyed the “What not to do” theme along with Franchesca’s comedic tone. Love a person who can own their mistakes, learn and grow. That’s surprisingly rare these days!

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A little preachy

I liked Franchesca's work on "Decoded", but didn't really know her otherwise. I thought I'd give the book a try. The story of how her career came about was really interesting. She had a lot of foresight! Her former career as a graphic designer was interesting, too. But when she discusses her activism, I think maybe she forgot that the people reading the book would likely *already* be sympathetic to the things she feels are important. Enjoyable in spots, enlightening in others, but maybe a little heavy handed in spots.

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Captivating REAL talk!

This book is not only entertaining and fun. But it teaches many need lessons! Francesca knocks it out of the park!

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worthy of reading

informative as well as humorous book that starts off odd but doesn't leave you bewildered by the thought of being an everyday activist

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Love, love love!

I loved this book so much. I feel like there were so many things I can take away and learned how to be a more conscientious and inclusive activist. Definitely one of the best books I've read in a while.

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yesssss Franchesca!

This was incredibly good. I appreciate this book so immensely and it's inspiring me to write my own book. I loved hearing her story. Thanks, Fran. :)

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Felt more like a lecture on how not to be a POS than anything

I was hoping to learn more about Franchesca, as I’ve been following her for years now. And while she did go into some deets about her life and career, it felt like she used the book to explain how to be a PC human being instead of being raw and uncut about her own experiences. Would’ve loved something that was far more personable.

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The Essenital Guidebook for the Internet

I've been following Franchesca Ramsey from the beginning. I've watched her grow, change and admittedly, I've done the same along with her. While the internet doesn't come with a "How To" manual, this is the closest we get. What do you do when your mother in law goes full MAGA? What about when your coworker starts yelling about "black on black crime"? WTEQ helps you love yourself on and offline and handle people's interactions in a way that will keep you sane and still with a friend group. Her narration is as beautiful as she is (of course we need to mention that she is always fly, i mean look at the cover).

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Honest and informative

I enjoyed listening to Franchesca Ramsey’s journey to becoming an activist. “Well, That Escalated Quickly” introduced me to and reinforced some concepts in the world of social justice and equality using Ramsey’s firsthand experience. I love how open and honest she is about mistakes she has made along the way to becoming who she is today and also how she acknowledges that she has more to learn. It’s refreshing to hear from someone as knowledgeable as she is who admits she didn’t always have it all figured out.

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Solid Memoir However lost my attention at times..

First let me say I’m super proud of Francesca, all that she has accomplished and her ability to take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity (going viral). I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book but somewhere along the way I got lost in the many points and wasn’t that interested. Although I forced myself to finish the last 2 1/2 hours I’d still recommend this book as there are valuable lessons to learn from her life successes and failures and more importantly about navigating tough social justice conversations!

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