Obviously: Stories From My Timeline – Akilah Hughes | A Book Review

Obviously: Stories From My Timeline - Akilah Hughes

Title: Obviously: Stories From My Timeline

Author: Akilah Hughes

Genre: Nonfiction (personal essays)

About the book: It’s a collection of personal essays from Akilah Hughes’s perspective from being a spelling bee champion, moving to New York, and more.

I received an advanced review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions:  I don’t read nonfiction often, much less personal essays, but the description intrigued me. The cover is beautiful.

Content: Hughes covers a mix of different subjects, ranging from her childhood to growing up and becoming an adult. I appreciate the author’s humour and perspective, especially in embarrassing or difficult situations. I understand that the book is about Akilah, and so the essays revolve around her, but her family and friends seem like very interesting people as well. I would have loved learning more about them.


“I will do everything I want to do the way I want to do it, because that’s all there is.”

Writing: I enjoyed reading all the stories. They’re well-written, not too short or too long either. The book is under 300 pages.

Final thoughts: When I reached the end, I wanted more essays.

I would recommend Obviously: Stories From My Timeline to fans of Akilah Hughes or anyone interested in personal essays. There’s nothing quite like reading people’s stories to get to know them better.

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