Well, That Escalated Quickly by Franchesca Ramsey

Well, That Escalated Quickly

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 Girl...

Details Well, That Escalated Quickly

TitleWell, That Escalated Quickly
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Feminism, Biography, Writing, Essays

Reviews Well, That Escalated Quickly

  • 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 appraise too). But seriously, I am proud to finally be one of those people who can write a goodreads review for a book I got for free.Franchesca is a familiar name to me. Mainly because I hivemind on ONTD and that's how I found out about her. I watched he...
  • 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 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 be...
  • 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 book was basically activism 101, and is absolutely something I would have enjoyed deeper if It had come up a few years ago. As I am further into my activism journey, this felt redundant. That being said, just because it wasn't applicable for me, doesn'...
  • 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 The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and host of MTV's Decoded.. Ramsey's book recounts this journey for those who may be unfamiliar with her work and provides important context surrounding it for those who are.Ramsey's book reads like an extended ver...
  • Kim
    Social media memoir meets Franchesca's evolution in understanding and advocating for social justice, foibles and all. Handy guide on dealing with pervasive internet trolls. When to call in, when to call out. What that means. If you're a fan of her YouTube videos, you'll also love this book.
  • Sharlena
    **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 e...
  • 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. There are lots of great concepts - calling in vs calling out, learning to live your natural self, criticizing without personal attacks, haters vs trolls, and fighting racism - and practical examples of how to use those concepts. I really hope there’s...
  • 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’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...
  • Destri
    I received an advanced copy of this book via Goodreads giveaway.I love this book! I agree with previous comments that it's not too heavy on the memoir but it does consist of a lot of honest self reflection about her activism and internet presence. As the internet and its content continues expanding I think these kind of self reflective looks at how we can use the internet more effectively will be important for keeping it an essential element of a...
  • Siobhan
    I read an uncorrected proof copy. As an over-50 Canadian still learning to identify and let go of the outmoded (and often dangerous) teachings of my childhood, I was pleasantly surprised at how relatable this book is. My only criticism is that too many acronyms may limit the audience to a very specific age and geographic range.
  • Kelli Gleiner
    A funny memoir with realistic and simple ways to combat racist comments. Enjoyable!
  • Susan Wright
    Overall this book was easy to read and I admire Franchesca's desire and commitment to her long term goals. The story didn't receive a full five stars from me simply because of the casual delivery style of the author and often flippant comments. (Not my preferred genre to read, nor the tone of a book that I tend to gravitate towards.)Franchesca is honest with her personal and professional development throughout her writing and it is evident that s...
  • Kerri
    I've been aware of Franchesca Ramsey since she posted her powerful video sharing her rape experience, and I have kept up with her Twitter via RT's that have made their way onto my timeline, but I have not watched Decoded, or Larry Wilmore or stayed on top of every social media scandal Ramsey has been involved in. But that didn't take away my enjoyment of this book at all. Ramsey has written a guide to activism in the online age, a witty, hilariou...
  • Grace
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars
  • Fiona
    I was really enjoying this book for the first seven chapters. And then I started to understand why she claims so many haters and trolls.For the first part of the book, Franchesca was an insightful narrator, sharing her experiences with social media fame. She was humble, self-aware and willing to share. But then she started dispensing her unasked-for opinions, reminding me why the term "social justice warrior" has such negative connotations for so...
  • Just Reading Everything
    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!
  • Bayley
    Maybe a 4.5 but I believe strongly in rounding up. And the .5 off could be the headache I have. So maybe not her fault. If you are at all interested in activism on any front you should read this book. BUT I also low key think that anyone with an online presence should be required to read this book. And by online presence I think that expands from having a Facebook page to internet famous. This book is part memoir of internet notoriety and part a ...
  • Cat C
    I received a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway, and it has not affected my review.So, honestly, I'd never heard of this author before, and I'd never seen any of the YouTube videos she'd made, or even the original YouTube videos that inspired the parody she went viral for. However, the title grabbed me. "Well, that escalated quickly" is exactly what I've seen happen time and time again on various social media platforms whenever certain themes a...
  • Chelsea
    I received an ARC of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.I had never heard of Franchesa Ramsay before reading this, so I went into this with no expectations and I really enjoyed it. She is likable and seems to have her heart in the right place. I like how she owned up to mistakes she's made in the past and seems to be continually trying to grow and improve as a person. Some of the elements of the book felt like gimmicky filler material (like the pr...
  • Ashlee Hockenberry
    I received the ARC of Chescaleigh’s book through a Goodreads giveaway. I watched her on YouTube years ago and when I won this giveaway I was so excited to “catch up” with her after several years. I love her sense of humor and writing style, so I knew that I’d enjoy this book. Franchesca does a great job of keeping activism light somehow while she’s tackling deep subjects.
  • Adeshola Obafemi
    I loved itThis 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!
  • Mackenzie Ross
  • Lizenbyl
    Fast moving and quick read--was not my type of book--
  • Nora
  • Amber
    Some parts were a bit slow and redundant, but overall a fun, easy book to read and re-ground.
  • Rachel Parrott
    Navigating our new connected world has many pitfalls. With her signature humor Ramsey tells of her journey to on-line fame while finding ways to be true to herself and take a stand on justice issues that matter most.My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
  • Alexandria
    I received a free copy from a Goodreads giveaway. This was very well written. It was humorous and fun to read. This book was very entertaining and informative.