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.