Book Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

tina-fey-bossypants-book-cover-jpegTitle: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Genre: Non Fiction, Humor, Biography
How I got it: I bought it

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

There are two words I would use to describe this book: Candid and Hilarious. Tina Fey’s dagger-sharp narrative takes us into her humble beginnings as an awkward teenager in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the upsides and downsides of her other jobs, her first comedy improv with Second City in Chicago, landing a writing job for Saturday Night Live, and eventually, the creation of her own sitcom, 30 rock. This is an extremely funny and unforgettable memoir from one of the most respected female figures in the male-dominated world of comedy. And though this isn’t a perfect book, it is a undoubtedly a good one.

The thing I liked best about Bossypants is Tina Fey’s authorial voice. It’s full of wit and candor and a certain casualness that makes you feel as if you’re actually talking face to face with Tina herself, in a park , on a bench, talking and drinking lemonade while soaking the late afternoon sun. I found myself nodding at some of her “philosophical” albeit funny opinions regarding women in comedy and women in general. Her views on topics such as breastfeeding, the electoral process, Photoshop, and even her mundane sharings about her own honeymoon and her Christmas adventures with her in-laws amused me to no end. I am not even in the same age bracket as Tina Fey but I honestly think after reading this book that she’s super awesome.

Bossypants is also filled with unexpectedly good advice. Not only about motherhood, but also about managing 200 people that depends on you for a living, and handling negative publicity which Tina experienced especially during her Sarah Palin impersonation period. It’s very insightful and never preachy, and rather enjoyable even for someone like me, who rarely reads non-fiction. The best part of this book in my opinion was “The Mother’s Prayer For Its Daughter”, which is Tina being poetic while talking to the Lord about guiding her daughter away from bad decisions and influences. The only problem I had with this book was the way it transitions from one topic to the next, which is a little uneven. But other than that, I honestly think that this was a very good read.

Although I read this on print format, Bossypants is also available as an audiobook which people on Goodreads seem to prefer. It contains a bit of vulgar humor and language, so if you’re not a fan of that, you might want to skip it. However, if you think you can handle it and if you’re in for something short, funny, and witty at the same time, I highly recommend this hilarious book for you.



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