She Memes Well Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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“In She Memes Well, Quinta gives more than a peek behind the curtain. She invites us in, lets us poke around and offers a balm for our aching souls. She moves beyond the jokes into something much deeper, something we may not recognize we need. She is the friend, sister, lover, cool co-worker we all wished we had.” (Gabrielle Union, actress and New York Times best-selling author of We’re Going to Need More Wine)
From comedian Quinta Brunson (creator and star of Abbott Elementary) comes a deeply personal and funny collection of essays about trying to make it when you're struggling, the importance of staying true to your roots, and how she's redefined humor online. This special Audible edition includes never-before-heard details about the making of Abbott Elementary, the cast, the writers' room, and how the show inadvertently created hundreds of new roles for young Black actors.
Quinta Brunson is a master at breaking the internet. Before having any traditional background in media, her humorous videos were the first to go viral on Instagram’s platform. From there, Brunson’s wryly observant POV helped cement her status in the comedy world at large, with roles on HBO, Netflix, ABC, Adult Swim, BuzzFeed, the CW, and Comedy Central. Now, Brunson is bringing her comedic chops to the page in She Memes Well, an earnest, laugh-out-loud collection about this unusual road to notoriety.
In her debut essay collection, Quinta applies her trademark humor and heart to discuss what it was like to go from a girl who loved the World Wide Web to a girl whose face launched a thousand memes. With anecdotes that range from the ridiculous—like the time she decided to go clubbing wearing an outfit she describes as "Gary Coleman meets metrosexual pirate"—to more heartfelt material about her struggles with depression, Quinta's voice is entirely authentic and eminently enjoyable. With its intimate tone and hilarious moments, She Memes Well will make you feel as if you're sitting down with your chillest, funniest friend.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 38 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 15, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,141 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Internet & Social Media Humor (Books)
#33 in Humor Essays (Books)
#48 in Comedy & Humor
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2022
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Quinta's first BuzzFeed video was the International Doritos Taste Test, where apparently she was just a guest of Justin's (although she joined the team shortly after). This is just one of the facts you will learn about Quinta while reading this memoir. I also had no idea that she was internet famous even before BuzzFeed, because apparently she did a short comedy video called "He Got Money" from this sketch she did about a girl who's never been on a nice date.
SHE MEMES WELL touches on so many topics, and all of them work. You learn about her Jehova's Witness background, her thought on Black hair (and all the work that goes into it). She talks about working in the Apple store prior to doing comedy and how she ended up having to go back to the Apple store before finally making it big in comedy. She talks about not getting involved in internet drama and how it's hard being a woman and especially a woman of color on the internet. She talks about Black Lives Matter and how she had a cousin who was shot, which made her stakes in the movement extra extra personal. She talks about loving yourself and loving other people (be it romantic relationships or family) and about some of her favorite media that have inspired her, be it video games, books, music, or movies. I would honestly read an entire book where she just writes essays on her favorite movies, like Lindy West did with that one book S***, ACTUALLY.
After finishing this book, there really wasn't much else to say. I loved the randomly interspersed photographs, her outlook on life, and how she always tries to keep it real. I know a memoir is A+ if by the time I have finished reading it, I find myself wishing that the author was my friend. She was one of my favorite personalities on BuzzFeed and I'm glad she's doing well at staking it out solo, too.
4.5 to 5 out of 5 stars
CN: violence, death, drug use, slut shaming, internet bullying