Published in: 2011
Edition read: Paperback
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.
Tina Fey is amazing, and I’ve been wanting to read this book since it was published (but never got around to it). Finally I have, and this was such a good book. Unlike other comedians I admired until I read their memoirs/biography/autobiographies, I have come away from this one loving Tina even more than before. She doesn’t try to be cool by bragging about all the celebs she is friends with or has worked with. She doesn’t go on about the wild parties she attends, the drugs she loves to take in her spare time, the extravagant holidays she might take etc. In fact, she’s so uncomfortable having a nanny for her daughter that she insists on calling her a babysitter. I mean, she’s just so… normal.
I laughed through this book, learned a bit about Tina’s life, related to her in sooooo many ways, felt the book was waaaaayyy too short and needs a sequel. Also Tina should take up writing in her spare time because she’s got a way with words.
I think the thing about this book is that there are no big revelations. No hidden adoptions, no drug habits, no affairs or felonies or drastic surgeries or anything. That’s because she’s a normal person, normal people don’t have big skeletons in their closets. They have normal lives and this book is that in a nutshell. A normal person’s life, but with a comedic twist. It’s what makes it so good, because it doesn’t need that shock factor, the cheap trick of revealing some big secret for sales. No, this book relies on comedy and truth and that is something we don’t value enough of these days.
Bossypants rating: 10/10 (been a while since I’ve had a 10/10 book!)
Would I re-read it? Yes indeedy!
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of Tina’s work, anyone into comedians, anyone looking for a relateable read about a normal person who gets to do a fun job.
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