Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book Review - Bossypants

Erikajean Jean gave I Liked It to:
by Tina Fey

Book Description:
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 half-hearted 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!)

My Thoughts:
I liked this book; very funny, entertaining and a good reminder to just "be yourself." There is definitely a little "girl power" aspect to this book - though I'm sure Tina Fey would want me to say it is empowering period - no matter who decides to pick up this book. She points out a lot in the book about her struggles and some of the injustices in the comedy and TV world and how she pushed through them and proved a few people wrong along the way. The book was pretty funny, but there was no laughing out loud for me. Just a lot of "ha!' moments.

This book didn't receive more than 3 stars from me because of how it was laid out. I'm not a big fan of lists and how-to points, even if they are a bit humorous. I don't care to read bits of SNL script, charts and I don't really need pictures in my books :-P Some of the references were lost on me, but overall I "got" most of it... even though I don't watch 30 rock (she doesn't spend but a couple chapters on it) and I only watch SNL when I'm interested in who is hosting!

Over all though, good book. If your a fan of Tina Fey, I'm sure you'd like it! It's a quick read and you can definitely tell Tine Fey wrote it. You can hear hear when your reading it.

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  1. THANK YOU for this review! I've heard several people talk about how great this book is, but I've still hesitated to get it. I was thinking of listening to the audiobook version, but it sounds like there could be some translation issues with the pictures and such. I don't watch 30 Rock either (just the first half of the first episode, and never went back after that) and, like you, I almost never watch Saturday Night Live. This was just the info I needed!

  2. I LOVE Tina Fey. I also like reading lists so I might really enjoy this book.

  3. We saw a cutout of sarah Palin outside a shop in alaska I was temped to stop and let hubby take a photograph of me next to it but then thought no lol