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Luvvie Ajayi

The Do-Better Manual

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I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi is a humorous and thought-provoking guidebook for living in a world that can be ridiculous. The author uses a mix of personal anecdotes and social commentary to encourage readers to be more aware and critical of their own behavior and the world around them.

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    There are three kinds of dinner scrooges to beware of.

    Let’s be clear about one thing: no one’s perfect. While the author is quick to point out when someone’s behaving terribly, she also knows her own faults can sometimes make her part of the problem.

    For example, Ajayi is chronically late to just about anything you might invite her to – something that’s certainly brought her a fair amount of shame in the past, like the time she fell flat on her face while sprinting to catch a plane.

    Now, while Ajayi might show up late to a scheduled dinner, there are other folks who should also feel ashamed of their behavior, and they’re called dinner scrooges.

    Dinner scrooges come in three varieties: The first being the kind of person to devour massive amounts of food and then proposes splitting the check evenly. Or, if they don’t eat it all, they’ll order more so that they can take it home. It’s like they want others to subsidize their next couple of meals!

    The second dinner scrooge is the annoying person who busts out the calculator to figure out exactly how much they owe. They’ll often stress how much less they ate than everyone else and be a cheapskate when it comes to tipping.

    Then there’s the one who’ll come up with a reason to vanish early and “forget” to leave any money for the bill. If this happens once, you can give them the benefit of the doubt. But if it happens twice, you definitely have a dinner scrooge in your midst.

    Dinner scrooges can make dining out with friends a very frustrating experience, and Ajayi would prefer it if future dinners were prix fixe menus and everyone paid cash. After all, there are shows in her Netflix queue waiting to be watched, and she doesn’t have time to spend an hour figuring out the bill for yet another overpriced, bland dinner.

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    What is I'm Judging You about?

    I’m Judging You (2016) provides a uniquely humorous take on all the ways modern society can produce annoying, absurd and downright terrible people. Whether it’s misusing hashtags on social media or being an unbearable sexist monster, author Luvvie Ajayi is ready to call out their awfulness and provide readers with some pointers on how to avoid her judgemental wrath.

    Who should read I'm Judging You?

    • Anyone looking to get more woke
    • People fed up with racism and sexism
    • Readers who want a humorous take on American society

    About the Author

    Luvvie Ajayi is a writer of pop-culture criticism and sought-after public speaker who doesn’t shy away from calling out injustices when she sees them. She’s also an activist, digital strategist and executive director of HIV/AIDS organization The Red Pump Project. You can find more of her writing at awesomelyluvvie.com.

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