Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey
Published May 22nd, 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
I’m not going to lie. I didn’t know who Franchesca Ramsey was before Well, That Escalated Quickly was on my radar. When I was seeing press for it, I saw she was involved in Decoded, a show I’d heard of but never watched. It did mention, however, that she was a comedian, and that this book was about activism. Funny + activism? That’s just what I needed right now.
I borrowed the audio of this one from my library and quickly ate it up. Ramsey narrates it herself. I love when celebs or whatever do that. Not only are the words in their “voice,” you get to listen to their actual voice. Ramsey does a great job and the narration was really enjoyable.
The content of the book was also great. Ramsey talks about how she started her career as a YouTuber and graphic designer, and how that led her to where she is. With humour and humility, Ramsey talks about what it takes to be an activist today, and what mistakes she has made along the way. This is not a comprehensive look at particular any social justice issues. It’s a memoir, ultimately, that doubles as a primer.
Well, That Escalated Quickly is funny and affirming for those already involved in social justice and a good place to start for newbies. This book gave me lots of powerful reminders—most notably that everyone has to learn sometime! It’s important to show humility because there was definitely a time when I didn’t know any of this stuff. We have to have compassion while calling out—and sometimes, maybe call in instead.
I would definitely recommend this for all those interested in social justice—even if you’re only a little interested, it’s worth the read (or listen)!
Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.