Friday, December 7, 2012

Bossypants: Book Review

Bossypants by Tina Fey

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 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!)

I knew I wanted to read this book because I had heard all the buzz about it. That's right, the buzz. If you don't know what the buzz is, then I can't tell you because I don't know either. But I heard the buzz and so I checked this book out from my library because it wasn't available for my Kindle and I hate listening to audio books.

This book had me leaning one of a few ways at various points. Sometimes I was thinking, "Ha ha, that's terribly funny. I enjoy the funniness thereof of this." Other times I thought, "Yuck. I don't agree with that. But whatevs, to each their own." And at other times, "How interesting!" Mostly it was a mixture of these feelings. Something along the lines of, "Oh, that's funny, but I totally disagree, how interesting!" Essentially, what I'm trying to say is that I really enjoyed this book but that I wouldn't call it one of my favorite books.

Fey does a great job of leading us through her life and highlighting what she thinks are the most pertinent or interesting things without leaving us feeling lost, confused, or frustrated with her sometimes non linear progression. I thought that each chapter could in some ways stand alone while still adding to the overall portrait of her life beautifully. It made me laugh out loud at times (especially the breast feeding chapter. What can I say? Breast feeding is apparently a hoot) and I even read some passages aloud to Mark because I enjoyed them so much. She's a very liberal woman, so her opinions didn't always/usually coincide with mine, but she presented them in such a comical way that I wasn't bothered by it.

Overall, I felt that the book was a good, quick, enjoyable read. I recommend.

3.5 Stars.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Why are your reviews funnier than mine? This book is on my "to read" list, but it seems hard to read books that aren't fantasy. You write a good review though.