You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey Summary


Writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers Amber Ruffin writes with her sister Lacey Lamar with humor and heart to share absurd anecdotes about everyday experiences of racism.

Now a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show,Amber Ruffin lives in New York, where she is no one's First Black Friend and everyone is, as she puts it, "stark raving normal." But Amber's sister Lacey? She's still living in their home state of Nebraska, and trust us, you'll never believe what happened to Lacey.

From racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman, Lacey is a lightning rod for hilariously ridiculous yet all-too-real anecdotes. She's the perfect mix of polite, beautiful, petite, and Black that apparently makes people think "I can say whatever I want to this woman." And now, Amber and Lacey share these entertainingly horrifying stories through their laugh-out-loud sisterly banter. Painfully relatable or shockingly eye-opening (depending on how often you have personally been followed by security at department stores), this book tackles modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.

Book Reviews

el espejo blanco

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey5 star

It gives a person everything they ever need to know about American whites.55

Peg Knoll

Great read5 star

Enlightening & entertaining.55

Laguna Guy

Very fun and well done5 star

This book is some next level entrepreneurial genius. Amber has brilliantly turned everyday racist ignorance and cruelty into something entertaining and eye opening. I laughed and learned.55

Bree Staxx

Hilariously infuriatingly relatable5 star

Good read for any and all people...constantly laughing55


As funny as it is frustrating5 star

Should be required reading for all white people. As a white woman, I was aware that black women experience struggles I will never have to, but never in such detail. Some stories are hilarious and almost unbelievable, while others are just infuriating. Amber Ruffin is delightful as a comedian and writer.55

Boomer Skateboarder

Hilarious Stories of Unreal Racism5 star

Thank you for writing these stories! Will share this book. My wife & I have loved Amber for years. Now we love Lacey, too. You are remarkable humans & gifted story tellers. Thank you for this book!55

Great Music Luvr

good (awful) stories, well-told4 star

The book is fine and instructive but it would have been more enjoyable to read if the publisher had followed the format of the print edition and set each author’s words in a different typeface. It says in the first chapter that one woman’s words will be in serif and the other in sans-serif, but instead it’s all one font throughout. Sloppy.45


Book itself is good, this copy has an issue5 star

As other reviewers have noted before me this ebook copy does not switch fonts when it switches narrators, as the book is supposed to. The Nook ebook copy does switch fonts so you can try that. I got a refund on this one and got the audiobook instead.55


Different Fonts Not1 star

I just started reading and was relieved I’d be able to tell who was narrating by the font as informed early in the text, but the font is ALL serif! Grrrr. Now I’m just going to be confused and upset and I want a refund or revised iBook edition. Any help out there?15

Sean Scian

Hilarious, Enlightening, Educational (not always in that order)5 star

Only one problem, and it’s not at all with the content: Amber “speaking” is supposed to be in serif fonts, Lacey in sans serif, but none of that seems preserved in the ebook.55

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