Jul 21, 2011


Bossypants by Tina Fey

My rating: 5 stars

Overview from goodreads: 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.

Tina Fey is awesome. I loved this book. Loved it!

Within the first page I was cracking up, by page 14 I had snorted out loud and called the mister over twice to read him something, and by page 18 I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. She hits just the right tone - not taking herself too seriously, but also sharing some great advice. I really loved what she said about having a career as a woman.

"This is what I tell young women who ask me for career advice. People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. 'You're up for a promotion. If they go with a woman, it'll be between you and Barbara.' Don't be fooled. You're not in competition with other women. You're in competition with everyone." (pg 88)

"So my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: 'Is this person in between me and what I want to do?' If the answer is no, ignore it, and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then when you're in charge, don't hire the people who were jerky to you." (pg 145)

I figured this memoir would be fun, but I didn't expect it to resonate with me!

Fey talks a lot about her career and what she did and how she got where she is. I don't watch 30 Rock and I never really got into SNL, (except for an occasional show or two), but reading about how much work was put into these shows makes me want to see them. I feel like I'll appreciate them so much more.

I really like when celebrities give interviews or are quoted saying things that make you realize they are real people. There's a tendency (at least in the United States) to put people who are famous on pedestals, and it's a nice reality check to see they are human too. That's what this book was - Tina Fey being honest, giving me a peek into her life, and making me laugh along the way.

"Little kids' birthdays in my neighborhood were simple affairs. Hot dogs, Hawaiian Punch, pin the tail on the donkey, followed by cake and light vomiting. (Wieners, punch, and spinning into barfing would later be referred to as 'the Paris Hilton.')" (pg 273)

This is two pages before the end of the book! Read it people. Seriously.

Have you read Bossypants? What did you think? What have you been reading lately?

(Photo: Apartment 513)


Lucy The Valiant said...

Must read it!

Amber said...

I haven't but I've been hearing REALLY good things about it!!

Nora said...

Haven't read it... yet. But I really do want to. She's one of my favorites :)

Carly Anne said...

I ready this a couple of months ago and loved it. You may also enjoy "Lies That Chelsey Handler Told Me."

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I haven't, but I have heard it is HILARIOUS. Must check it out!

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