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Reading “Bossypants” and Liking It

And now presenting a very short review of. . .

Bossypants by Tina Fey
Bossypants by Tina Fey

By Tina Fey
Published by Regan Arthur Books/ Little, Brown and Company, 2011

Rating: 7.5/10



 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!) – Source

What I liked best about this book:

It’s actually funny! I decided to buy this book as I stood in the aisles of Barnes and Noble laughing at every other sentence. I think that trait is rare, especially in books that are supposed to be really funny (at least I always find that books touted as “the funniest book I’ve ever read” to be less “laugh-out-loud” and more “knowing smirk”) But Bossypants is very funny. Tina Fey, who we all should know from Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, and 30 Rock, writes things like:

“If you are a woman and you bought this book for practical tips on how to make it in a male-dominated workplace, here they are. No pigtails, no tube tops. Cry sparingly. (Some people say “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.)”

It’s heartfelt too! Fey has been a part of so many funny productions that I was expecting the book to follow suit. I wasn’t expecting the book to be as heartfelt as it was. I was pleasantly surprised. In particular, the chapter “Delaware County Summer Showtime!” about Fey’s time at a summer theater camp was thoughtful and retrospective. I also enjoyed reading about her family life.

What I liked least about this book:

Not enough about Mean Girls. Maybe there isn’t a lot to say about working on Mean Girls, but I was looking forward to hearing more about this movie. This touches on a bigger problem that I had, which was that the parts I wanted Tina Fey to talk about more, were barely touched on, and there were some parts that seemed added just for the sake of mentioning them.

Final thoughts:

A light-hearted and easy read. It made me laugh-out-loud and made me think about my life a little differently. I’d definitely recommend it, and look forward to possibly reading more from Fey in the future!


What’s a book that made you laugh-out-loud (and not just mentally say “Haha. I get that joke”)?


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