Millennial Read-Alikes

The Misadventures of Awkward Black GirlIf you’re like me, stuck in your house because of COVID-19, (and I think most of the world is at this point), you’re looking for things to keep you busy. Right now, I am a librarian working from home, but also looking for ways to help patrons (and blog readers) stay sane. I hope you are enjoying these new blog posts that have gone a little off the norm for me, but I figured I’d try something different since everything has turned on its head.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae and Ctrl, Alt, Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon are two books that I think millennials like me will love. I read both of them, and they were major trips down memory lane for me. Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up OnlineThey discuss dial up internet, AOL Instant Messenger, nudges on MSN and the early days of catfishing.  I get a thrill whenever I read something and think to myself, OMG I remember that! Or, I forgot all about that until just now! I felt I could relate to these authors on a personal level. As I read about how Emma Gannon’s parents were clueless about internet safety, I pictured myself in the chilly basement where the desktop computer was and thought, yeah, I could have gotten into so much trouble down there unsupervised.

If you’re a millennial who spent their days on the early internet, got kicked off when your parents needed to make a phone call and were a girl who wrote your name like this: ~*~*~*Michelle*~*~* I highly recommend these books.

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