“If I gotta go to page two in a Google search, that shit wasn’t meant to be.” -Marquita Norwood
So, here’s a few things you should know before we dive into this page-turner. The first is that Marquita Norwood is a dear friend of mine. I don’t say that in the hopes that people will enjoy #Relatable as much as I did, or as an attempt to shield her from any sort of criticism. I’m just bragging and letting ya’ll know that I am exposed to the effervescent wit that is #Relatable on a regular basis. Be jealous. The second thing is that #Relatable is just as hilarious, introspective, humourous, and to-the-point as its author. If you’re the sort of person who can only get behind sweeping sagas, dense novels, self-help, or motivational books, this is not the paperback for you.
However, if you are of the social media age and #MemeLife, #Relatable is exactly that! Imagine the best meme captions, social media musings, and existential epiphanies that could possibly be imagined by an aesthetically endowed but financially-impaired Millenial who simply oozes style, intellect, and student loan debt, and you have #Relatable. This is so much more than a book. It is a by us, for us mirror of the comic tragedy that is being a Millenial in America and all that this entails, including but not limited to: near-debilitating anxiety, cyclical poverty wrapped in an over-priced degree, suffering for the poor choices that Boomers have made, being called entitled while actually having nothing to our names, rideshare culture, the lost art of courting, and the debatable art form of eating ass.
#Relatable is a brief read, but the humour of this tiny book will have you laughing out loud with every sentence. And I don’t mean that fake ass “lol” that y’all write at the end of passive-aggressive statements on the internet while seething with petty, or the one you text to your friends with a perfectly straight face when the conversation has grown stale. I mean actual fucking laughter. Norwood (read: Grace Jones’ secret love child) delivers with perfect comedic timing and hypnotic cheekbones everything you never knew you always wanted. Take the two hours you’ll need to read this gem, and delay the dread of pondering how you’ll make rent next month.
I give this one 5 stars.