Week 17 of my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge is one that my parents bought me for Christmas, and inside the front cover it is inscribed “to our very own bossypants.”
Pages per day: 39
I hadn’t anticipated how much there was to know about Tina Fey. She is such a funny, insightful, lovely human being, and this book reflects that perfectly. She speaks of becoming a woman, internet trolls and disastrous honeymoons, all with the same hilarity and passion that she does everything else.
Feel free to tell me that I’ve been living under a rock, or apparently haven’t paid a vast amount of attention to Tina Fey’s face, but I hadn’t realised that she had a large scar. Now it’s been pointed out to me it’s obvious! In this book she tells the story of how she got it as a child, and how it changed her perspective on life – which is not in the way you may think.
This book is different to Amy Poehler’s Yes Please in the sense that there’s more funny bits. Not that Amy’s book is lacking, and not that this book necessarily feels forced, it’s just the way it is. You’ll find yourself giggling at many points throughout Bossypants, and that’s pretty cool. One particular standout is when Tina recounts her first ever trip to the gynaecologist, at which she passed out. I also love her mentions of the relationship between her and Amy Poehler – those two are my favourite comedy duo, and I adore their friendship.
This book is very simple. The chapters are short and easy to read, and any complex issues that arise are addressed with humour. Personally, there were a couple of times I wished that the book were slightly more serious, with less jokes, but at the same time, that’s who Tina Fey is. She uses jokes and hilarity to make her point, and this book is just the same. It’s the perfect reflection of her, and while I found it slightly challenging at times, it’s not necessarily a flaw. One thing I loved was how much it felt like she was talking to you. Everything is very reader-driven, and it makes it very easy to become engrossed in the book and her retelling of events.
Something I’d very much like to do is to get hold of the audiobook of Bossypants. Tina herself is the narrator (much the same as Amy Poehler was the narrator of Yes Please), and I think it would be intriguing to hear the book told by her. The audiobook was nominated for a Grammy, so it’s got to be good, right? If you’ve listened to it, let me know what it was like!
Have you read Bossypants before? Let me know what you thought in the comments below! Are you planning on reading it? You can pick it up from Book Depository right here with free shipping worldwide. I hope you love it as much as I did!
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Next week’s book is Call of the Wild by Jack London. The review will be posted on Monday – make sure to check in! If you’ve got any other suggestions for book for my challenge, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!
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