Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist

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.

Title:Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist
ISBN:9781538761038
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  • da AL

    Engaging and likable -- with complete patience and lots of self-disclosure -- Ramsey teaches us how to be higher-minded while reassuring us that it's an ongoing process for her too....

  • Andi

    HOLY SHIT. I WON MY FIRST GOODREADS BOOK. So excited to read this. *tear*Okay. So thank you goodreads for picking me - ME - to review this book (and the dozen of others who have read it, you get appra...

  • Megan (Best of Fates)

    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 ...

  • Hanna

    Franchesca Ramsey has been an Internet personality I've enjoyed watching since she joined MTV's Decoded. She's smart, open, and willing to learn just as much as she's willing to guide & teach. This bo...

  • Naeemah Huggins

    I learned a whole lot. The internet is mean, people can be hateful and we live in the era of call out culture. I also learned that it's important to respect the culture and sensitivities of others, to...

  • Lauren

    *I received an advanced reader copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway*I've been a fan of Franchesca Ramsey for a while and have followed her success and evolution from YouTuber to panelist on ...

  • Shana

    ***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. Bec...

  • Christina Marie

    I listened to this on audiobook. I honestly thought I would like it more than I actually did. I didn’t dislike it by any means. It just made me realize that I don’t have to agree with or share in ...

  • Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)

    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...

  • Kristen Beverly

    Conflict resolution for the social media age: FTW!!! This isn’t usually my type of book, but everyone who owns a social media account should be forced to read this book before using said account. Th...