Socially Awkward Penguin Books

By March 16, 2017Literature

My fellow Reading Addicts,

Have you ever felt like you just want the ground to open up and swallow you whole?

Have you made a quip that fell flat, or did something a bit odd and you weren’t quite sure why you did it?

Do you have nightmares about social gatherings and the pressures of societal norms?

Then these books are for you!

Disclaimer: unfortunately these are not real books.

I know, I wish they were too.






How many of those could you relate to, my majestically awkward readers?

Can you think of any more we have missed?

Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter!




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Yo. il meet u 2moro n den we cn dcyd wats 2 b done 4 Claire’s bday. Pls ask Anne 2 join us 2. Oh n I saw d vid u sent. Lol. So kul! Anyway, cu 2moro. Lmk d tym. Gtg.

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