Book Review : Bossypants by Tina Fey


I love Tina Fey. That is an understatement.

When I found out that she was writing a book, I went crazy. When I heard that the book was out, I got excited. It took me awhile but I finally got around to buying the ebook online yesterday.

What can I say? The woman’s a genius!

At first, I thought the book was mostly about her embracing motherhood. So my expectations were to get ready for a witty narration of probably the funniest mother in showbiz.

But the book was an autobiography of her growing up, her start in her love for theatre, her improv days at The Second City, writing for Saturday Night Live, producing and writing for 30 Rock, impersonating Sarah Palin and being a mother. *phew* I have summed it all up in one paragraph ~ how about that?

The gist of the book is not all there is about the book (or her life). She includes hilarious anecdotes on her life, quick lessons she learned from experience, her feministic thoughts about being in a (somewhat) sexist society and celebrity / first time mother tips. Although I might not have empathised with her throughout her ordeal, but I certainly enjoyed her thoughts on matters.

I started reading the book at bedtime. I ended up missing sleep altogether as I ended up reading the book cover to cover in one sitting. Some excerpts in the book made me laughed out loud that I awoke my husband in bed. I got out of bed and finished the book in the living room.

I’m giving Ms Tina Fey all my undivided attention. She is so funny, I couldn’t put the book down. More accurately, I couldn’t put my e-reader down. *wink*

Bossypants is filled with so many hilarious quotes from Tina herself, that her tone and writing style is so unmistakably her. Here are some of my favourite lines…

The more New Yorkers like something, the more disgusted they are. “The kitchen was all Sub-Zero: I want to kill myself. The building has a playroom that makes you want to break your own jaw with a golf club. I can’t take it.”

“Defective” was a big word in our house. Many things were labeled “defective” only to miraculously turn functional once the directions had been read more thoroughly.

To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair.

There are some sections of the book that can be very misleading if you can’t get sarcasm. I cringe at the thought of someone taking this seriously…

By nineteen, I had found my look. Oversize T-shirts, bike shorts, and wrestling shoes. To prevent the silhouette from being too baggy, I would cinch it at the waist with my fanny pack. I was pretty sure I would wear this look forever. The shirts allowed me to express myself with cool sayings like “There’s No Crying in Baseball” and “Universität Heidelberg,” the bike shorts showed off my muscular legs, and the fanny pack held all my trolley tokens. I was nailing it on a daily basis. Find something like this for yourself as soon as possible.

Then, there are occasional attempts of “rough” jokes…

A pedophile walks through the woods with a child. The child says, “These woods are scary.” The pedophile says, “Tell me about it. I have to walk back through here alone.”

I wouldn’t want to give away the best parts of the book. I wouldn’t want to start including all the best excerpts – which caused uncontrollable laughter on my part. So, I would just tell you to pick up the book for yourself. Even if you’re not a huge fan of autobiographies, Tina Fey’s Bossypants is an awesome read.

I shared this on Facebook not too long ago. Here’s a rather long (almost an hour long) video of Tina Fey’s recent appearance in Google where she was interviewed by Eric Schmidt himself.

Do you have the same Tina Fey obsession that I do? Have you read this book? If not, are you planning to get it? Trust me, you won’t regret it. Girl’s got talent!

Click on the link and check out Amazon’s book descriptions, other readers’ reviews and buy “Bossypants by Tina Fey.”

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