In this sharp, funny, and incredibly 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 shows readers we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way....
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Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist Reviews
I really like Franchesca Ramsey's Decoded series, so I enjoyed her candor in this book, but I wasn't sure if this was meant to be more of a memoir or a guidebook. If it's the former, I'm not sure there was enough material and, if the latter, I'm not sure who the target audience for this book is. I'm happy I read it––I was particularly impressed by how careful Ramsey was to admit, explain, and make amends for her missteps––but a lot of the social justice wisdom was familiar and many of the jokes ...more
**I received an advanced review copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.**
3.5 stars. This was a quick, easy read. This wasn't so much a memoir as it was a how-to primer on social media and activism. Ms. Ramsey's writing style is conversational, accessible and funny which made this book enjoyable to read. Anyone who is familiar with social media or activism, in general, may not find a lot of new information here but should still be able to enjoy this book.
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. As always, an honest review.
Well That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist tells the story of Francesca Ramsey’s journey into activism. She starts as a YouTuber with a moderate following and still works her normal daytime job. When her video, Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls, goes viral her life changes. While it’s not immediate stardom, a lot of people have seen her videos and her voice reaches many more ...more
I devoured this book. The only reason I had to put it down was because it was 3 am and I seriously needed to go to sleep (with only three chapters left!!)
*you don’t understand how hard that was for me*
You also don’t understand how hard it was for me to wait for this book to be released. As soon as she announced she was working on a book I was PUMPED! Then when the release date was announced I felt like time was going by so slowly 😫 it was hard to wait, but it was worth it.
Ramsey is funny af. I ...more
Everything about this is so, so great and honest. There are certainly many people in my life who NEED to read it. Don't miss out on this one!
This book is less memoir and more guide to how to critique and be critiqued, told through her own mistakes and experiences. I have somewhat followed Fran's career (i.e. I followed her on Snapchat and tried to remember to watch The Nightly Show) so was somewhat familiar with lots of the stories she shares but appreciated being reintroduced to them from her current perspective. A really fast, enjoyable read and a good reminder that we can all do better.
I loved it
This book exceeded my expectations (which were already high as a kite). So proud of Chesca's journey and can't wait to see what she does next. Quick and easy read, extremely funny. The do's and dont's of activism broken down in only a way Chesca's could!
***I won an ARC of this book through a GoodReads giveaway***
This book strikes a remarkable balance between Franchesca Ramsey's personal experiences (quirks, snafus, and all!) and reader education. Because she so deftly switches between the two, it never comes across as preachy or holier-than-thou, and that's hard to do! She is humble, and yet clearly experienced and knowledgeable about what and how she has come to learn all that she has as an activist. I appreciated her vulnerability, by which I ...more