Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey



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. (From Goodreads.)


Personal Take: I LOVE TINA FEY. The moment I was hooked on her show 30 Rock, I’ve wanted to be Tina Fey. Hell, I still want to be her. And her book is an extension of the hilarious, clever, and random woman. This book isn’t autobiographical, or at least, not chronologically. Fey takes readers through different phases of her life, and adding a humorous narrative throughout the moments she shares. She covers quite a few opinions; on race, feminism, work.

I especially related to her story about balancing work. I don’t know why, but there’s something about an awesome woman admitting that things aren’t always smooth sailing. I’ve learned useful things (like how TV works), and some of the weirdest things as well.

I actually wouldn’t mind re-reading it again.

Audience: Definitely adults. There are some weird stuff in the book, and some swearing too.



Other recommendations: Alas, this is the only book Fey released to date, but if you’re looking for another funny woman to read about, check out Yes, Please by Amy Poehler (also on my list).