Humorist and former model Wolff details her childhood growing up in an all-black Seattle neighborhood with a white father who wanted to be. I wrote a book review of “I’m Down” by Mishna Wolff. It’s a memoir about a super- white kid growing up in pre-gentrification Central District. A memoir by Mishna Wolff, I’m Down is one of the most eclectic and thought- provoking works to have been released in recent times. This text was published by.

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I wanted to know more. Fuck, if these were my neighbors, I would have called myself. Return to Book Page. Dad wasn’t in the habit of asking if he could make me something to eat, or if I wanted him to rent me something while he was at the video store. That being said, this book is a funny, touching story of pre-teen angst. Mishna Wolff gives an honest accounting of a rather remarkably mixed-up time in her life.

Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article. I really enjoyed this book. Her father is truly exasperating throughout the book, but by the end they have come to a slightly sad yet touching conclusion.

Eventually, she finds a small group of friends who bond over drawing and fantasy stories think elves and wizards. The scenes in the GSCC summer program — Kids left to fend for themselves in an indoor lord of the flies — This memoir ends when she is still a kid; I’d like to read the story of how she came out of misha with any sense of self wooff become this writer and this woman who can smirk at us from the back flap of the book jacket.

Other people understand this: She fights for acceptance in her neighborhood as she is perceived as “too white” while she struggles with acceptance and accepting others in her prestigious school. The weird part about it is that her dad did things that my dad also did but I don’t ever remember feeling all too bad about it.


I can’t say I enjoyed ii in any way. Mishna Wolff is a little jishna growing up in two households of divorced parents with two very different personalities and cultures.

The weird part abou I hated this book so much. There was a problem adding your email address. Dec 16, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: Mishna swims competitively and she’s really good at it and she loves it because her father knows nothing about it.

Deftly and hilariously delineates the American drama of race and class for one little girl. This article relies too much on references to primary sources. Whether, the man had For me this wasn’t a complete memoir even after the author puts down on paper I probably would have put off reading it for a while if not for a friend dwon mine from work that wanted to read it as well.

Even her father, in a lovingly told final episode, gave her what she most wanted—his acceptance. Wolff does a beautiful job capturing the vulnerability of being a kid; she makes the reader feel keenly the moments of painful embarrassment she I read this book cover to cover in one day. Mishna Wolff’s reading of the audiobook was very good and she’s really funny but I have to wolff that this audiobook has some of the worst sound I’ve ever heard on an audiobook. The trip itself is given exactly one sentence.

I felt some of the struggles fitting in that Mishna Wolff felt. Mishna left out crucial details of time spent with mother on weekends after the divorce. This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat I really liked this book. I’m Down is in many ways a catalogue of misplaced emphases and unintended literary effects the prose, for one thing, is flat and clumsy, and the humor feels strained in the way that stand-up routines transferred to the page usually dobut one doesn’t feel quite right blaming Mishna Wolff for this, exactly.

Many of the things that black families are trying to overcome are hysterical to this author She has a harder time watching her sister being praised for them instead of punished, which is what Mishna finds appropriate.

I’m Down by Mishna Wolff

I tried and tried to enjoy it but I just couldn’t. You sort of have to agree with Yvonne a little bit. Sep 15, Alaska rated it it was ok. If it is true, great. Eventually, her father remarries, and Mishna gains some new siblings.


I wooff like the story was more about class than it was about race. And so from early chi Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black mshna with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black.


But her quick wit and smarts help her find a survival strategy that works for her: Views Read Edit View history. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. It gets one star. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This set up Mishna for an interesting childhood as she watched Anora, her sister, make more friends with people on their street than Mishna could understand.

Martin’s Press in Navigating her way through these waters – living in one world and going to school in another – Mishna Wolff emerged with a strong sense of self and a gift for recalling how it feels to be a kid. Wolff mentions off-handedly that she and her sister often lived for weeks on tapioca and watery corn bread; there’s a poignant scene where the teenage author, who has unwittingly high-achieved herself into attendance at a posh private school, forces herself to share her classmates’ disdain for the school lunches that she, half-starving, secretly craves.

Overall, the book was not terribly written and Wolff’s story is very much an interesting one. Jun 22, Joshua rated it really liked it. The premise sounded fantastic but the writing was flat. Mishna, girl, listen to me: And just when she was starting to get the hang of inner-city st Mishna Wolff gives an honest accounting of a rather remarkably mixed-up time in her life.